Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 2











-   Week  2 –

Each week, the FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT will not include players that are locks for your starting rosters, just the ones that are considered “fringe” starters and may be outside the TOP 10 at each position.

They are the ones that you may have on the bench or ones that you can find on the waiver wire. Either way, they are the players we think will have a big game for you this week and players that have a tough row to hoe. They are the ones you want to start and players you need to bench. This week we will talk about 6 players that will help or hurt your team in week 2, and a bonus DST that you can plug and play. As always, it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Cracker Barrel Lemon Icebox Pie.


Lets get to it.



Week 2

Aaron RodgersJamaal CharlesBrandon MarshallJimmy Graham
Drew BreesLeSean McCoyCalvin JohnsonJason Witten
Peyton ManningAdrian PetersonVincent JacksonTony Gonzalez
Cam NewtonDoug MartinRandall CobbJermichael Finley
Andrew LuckC.J. SpillerLarry FitzgeraldJulius Thomas
Eli ManningArian FosterAndre JohnsonJared Cook
Matt RyanRay RiceDeSean JacksonBrandon Myers
Michael VickReggie BushA.J. GreenJordan Cameron
Tom BradyAlfred MorrisJulio JonesVernon Davis
Tony RomoTrent RichardsonDez BryantOwen Daniels


NFL Week 2 Games

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N.Y. Jets @ New England 8:25 PM ET



St. Louis @ Atlanta
Carolina @ Buffalo
Minnesota @ Chicago
Washington @ Green Bay
Miami @ Indianapolis
Dallas @ Kansas City
Cleveland @ Baltimore
Tennessee @ Houston
San Diego @ Philadelphia


Detroit @ Arizona 4:05 PM ET
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay 4:05 PM ET
Jacksonville @ Oakland 4:25 PM ET
Denver @ N.Y. Giants 4:25 PM ET


San Francisco @ Seattle 8:30 PM ET


Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 8:30 PM ET


Here is a handy NFL Schedule Grid you can refer to throughout the season…

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For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. You never want to concern yourself with what your opponent is doing, just aim to get to this number, hope for more and let the chips fall where they may. To reach this goal you will need (at minimum) 12 points from each of your staring skill positions, over 20 from your QB, more than a few from your kicker and at least 11 from your defense. This is the threshold for the IN/OUT predictions.

Here are the basic league settings that we are basing our predictions on…


QB,2WR,2RB,TE,FLEX (w/r/t), K, DST
TDs=6 pts0 pts allowed=10
passing=25 yds/pt2-6=7
receiving=10 yds/pt7-13=4
rushing=10 yds/pt14-20=1
reception=1 pt21-27=0
blocked kick=5
Return Yds=50 yds/pt





D’Angelo Williams  @ BUF

The Bills were torched by Shane Vereen in Week 1, watching him amass 159 total yards. Williams, meanwhile, took on a Seahawks defense that is viewed as one of the best in the league and rushed for 86 yards while adding another 14 through the air. While the Panthers offense is not New England’s, they do have potential and Williams figures to be the second option behind Steve Smith. This should be a nice week to have him in your lineup. The Bills gave up 158 yards rushing last week and shouldn’t be expected to be any better this week. Williams makes for a good RB2 and a very good flex start.

 FANFOOD Says: Start him over Gore, C.Johnson, and DRich.



Cecil Shorts @ OAK

Cecil Shorts was one of the biggest surprises of 2012, finishing the year with 55 receptions for 979 yards and seven touchdowns in only 14 games. Much of his production came in the second half of last season. The bulk of that came when Chad Henne took over for Blaine Gabbert as Jacksonville’s quarterback. Shorts didn’t have a big Week 1 despite being targeted a team-high 11 times. He only caught three passes for 40 yards, but that seems more to do with the fact that Gabbert can’t complete a pass than Shorts not catching them. Gabbert suffered a deep laceration to his hand and needed stitches and will be out for some time. With Justin Blackmon still suspended, look for a big week from Shorts. It’s sad to say, but Blaine’s hand injury a great thing for Shorts’ fantasy value. In five full games with Henne last year, Shorts averaged 5.2 catches for 83.6 yards and scored three touchdowns.

 FANFOOD Says: Start him over Torrey Smith, Decker, and Bowe.



Pierre Garcon @ GB

We were going to go with DeSean DeMouth, but as of right now he can be considered a must-start. The Packers have allowed a team’s #1 WR either to go over a 100 yards receiving or catch a TD in 7 straight games and we are betting that you can make it 8.

 FANFOOD Says: Start him over Boldin, Stevie J, and James Jones.







Torrey Smith vs CLE

He draws a tough matchup against Joe Haden, which is enough to downgrade him. Throw in the fact that he’s a hit or miss receiver (a.k.a one-trick pony) and has little to help take away the attention of the defense (outside of Ray Rice) and it will be tough sledding this week. Haden completely shut down Wallace last week and will do the same with Mr. Smith in week 2.

 FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of Edelman, The other Mike Williams, and Michael Floyd.



Antonio Brown @ Cin

The Steelers offense is not looking good at all and it may only get worse with the loss of Pouncey.  Ben was sacked 5 times last week against an average D-line. This week he travels and plays a very tough Cincy Defense who will be all over him again under the lights on Monday. You probably drafted him to be your WR2 or even a FLEX. Go with other options because AB is no better than a WR3 in WK2.

 FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of the above or Brian Hartline.



Dwayne Bowe vs DAL

The Chiefs opened up the 2013 season with an impressive win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but did not feature Dwayne Bowe in the offense as much as fantasy owners had hoped. Bowe caught just four passes for 30 yards and was targeted only six times by Alex Smith. Smith employed his patented dink and dunk passing game, as evidenced by his 5.1 yards per attempt average, and by the fact that fullback Anthony Sherman led the team with 44 receiving yards. Fantasy owners need to hope that Andy Reid opens up the offense more as the season goes on, allowing Bowe to make big gains down the field. Until the Chiefs start taking more risks, Bowe will be a shaky play, especially as a WR 2 (which he was drafted to be in most fantasy leagues). If you start just two wide receivers, look elsewhere this week.

 FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of the above or even Lance Moore.




FANFOOD Streaming Defense of the Week


Dallas Cowboys @ KC

The six turnovers they forced versus the Giants won’t happen this week. But they were opportunistic in their chances, and have already accounted for 37 percent of their takeaways from a season ago.  Expect the ‘boys to move the ball as well as they did last week and force the Chiefs into a deep deficit early in the game. While you might say that sounds good for KC’s passing game and the aforementioned Bowe, things could get ugly for the Chiefs. Expect a bunch of sacks and a few INTs.

Start them over other DSTs such as Chicago, Denver, St. Louis.


Other Tools:

Fantasy Pros – who should I start?

Yahoo Game Day Calls

Fantasy Sports Portal – Sit/Start Tool

Fantasy Football Docs

FF Toolbox – weekly cheatsheets

CBS Sports Weekly Projections








Cracker Barrel Lemon Icebox Pie



1 graham cracker crust ( 8-inch or 9-inch)
1 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
3 egg yolks
6 tablespoons lemon juice
4 ounces Cool Whip
14 vanilla wafers



Combine milk, egg yolks and lemon juice with a wire whip.
Pour into pie shell.
Arrange vanilla wafers around pie, pushing into the filling so that only half the wafer is showing.
Spread Cool Whip over top evenly.
Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours.
Serve very cold.



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