Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 3











- Week 3 –

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 3, and a bonus DST that you can plug and play. As always, it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Grilled Buttermilk Turkey Drumsticks.


Lets get to it.




Week 3

Peyton ManningAdrian PetersonCalvin JohnsonJimmy Graham
Drew BreesMarshawn LynchDez BryantJulius Thomas
Aaron RodgersLeSean McCoyDemaryius ThomasJason Witten
Matthew StaffordJamaal CharlesDeSean JacksonGreg Olsen
Michael VickAlfred MorrisJulio JonesTony Gonzalez
Tom BradyDoug MartinA.J. GreenJared Cook
Cam NewtonC.J. SpillerAndre JohnsonAntonio Gates
Russell WilsonFrank GoreDwayne BoweJordan Cameron
Tony RomoDeMarco MurrayBrandon MarshallVernon Davis
Colin KaepernickChris JohnsonJordy NelsonOwen Daniels


NFL Week 3 Games

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Kansas City @ Philadelphia 8:25 PM ET



Green Bay @ Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Dallas 1:00 PM ET
San Diego @ Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ New England 1:00 PM ET
Arizona @ New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Washington 1:00 PM ET
N.Y. Giants @ Carolina 1:00 PM ET
Houston @ Baltimore 1:00 PM ET



Atlanta @ Miami 4:05 PM ET
Buffalo @ N.Y. Jets 4:25 PM ET
Indianapolis @ San Francisco 4:25 PM ET
Jacksonville @ Seattle 4:25 PM ET


Chicago @ Pittsburgh 8:30 PM ET


Oakland @ Denver 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





1. Knowshon Moreno vs OAK


from JuanElway:

“Peyton can pretty much take this fight to wherever he wants. To the air or to the ground. It’s not like the Raiders are going to put up any sort of fight. Knowshon isn’t going anywhere as the starter and he could easily repeat last week’s performance.”

from FFlockerroom:

“Peyton Manning said running back Moreno will be “really critical”. Its a trust thing, Manning trusts the vet over 2nd-year Ronnie Hillman and Rookie Monte Ball. Moreno will see plenty of carries and opportunities to succeed and in that Broncos prolific passing attack wont ever have to match up against a box full of defenders. Moreno ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries while adding another 3receptions for 14 yards.”

from Lesterslegends:

“Knowshon Moreno has 172 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. Next up is the Oakland Raiders at home. The Raiders rank The passing game causes so much fear, Moreno hardly has to break a sweat.”


FANFOOD Says: Start him over RBs like Reggie Bush, Ray Rice, Stevan Ridley, & Darren Sproles.




2. Chris Givens @ DAL

from JuanElway:

“The Cowboys have given up a ton of fantasy points to WRs this season already and I have a feeling Givens gets deep at least once this week. The Rams may find themselves playing from behind again too, so Sammy Bradford will be chucking the rock.”

from Kevin Roberts – NFL Soup

“Bounce back in week 2 and they’ll have to throw in this one.”


FANFOOD Says: Start him over WRs such as Roddy White, Eddie Royal, Golden Tate, and DeAndre Hopkins.



3. Coby Fleener @ S.F.

from FFtoolbox:

“Fans were looking for big things from Coby Fleener after the Colts drafted him in the 2012 NFL draft to play with his college quarterback Andrew Luck. Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen last season. Fleener was quiet again in week 1, but came alive in week 2 with fellow tight end Dwayne Allen out with an injury. Fleener was targeted eight times, catching four of them for 69 yards and one touchdown. He scored another TD, but it was called back due to a penalty away from the play. Now with Allen’s hip issue requiring season-ending surgery, starting (and rostering in all formats) Fleener makes sense.”

from Kevin Roberts – NFL Soup:

“Looked good last week and will likely be needed in this one.”


FANFOOD Says: Start him over TEs like Vernon Davis, Martellus Bennett, and Tyler Eifert.






1. Greg Jennings vs CLE

from FFtoolbox:

“The Vikings’ big off-season acquisition has averaged only four receptions for 58.5 yards and zero touchdowns over the first two games of the season. Much of the Vikings’ offensive struggles can be attributed to shoddy quarterback play from Christian Ponder, something that will hold Jennings and the rest of the Vikings skill position players back from reaching their full fantasy potential this season. Jennings caught five balls for 84 yards in week two, but will have a tougher match-up against Joe Haden and the Browns this week. If the Browns use Haden to shadow Jennings, it will be a long day for the veteran wide receiver and his fantasy owners. Jennings should be on fantasy benches this week if you have any other decent WR3 or Flex options.”

from Lesterslegends:

“Greg Jennings showed signs of life catching five passes for 84 yards last week against the Chicago Bears. This week he gets to lock horns with Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns. Haden held Mike Wallace to 15 yards in Week 1.”


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of Michael Floyd, Eric Decker, and Miles Austin.



2. Roddy White @ MIA

from FFtoolbox:

“Hindered by a high ankle sprain, Roddy White has gotten off to a terrible start to the season. The star wide receiver has caught just five passes for 40 yards and zero touchdowns in two games, while mostly acting as a decoy for the Falcons. White has been on the field for just over 50 percent of Atlanta’s offensive snaps, a clear indication that he is nowhere near 100 percent healthy. White should be the Falcons number three option in the pass game this weekend, as Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez are likely to get many more looks. Fantasy owners can not count on White being able to shake off the injury this week against the Dolphins, and should wait for him to prove he is fully healthy before putting him back in fantasy lineups.”
from ProFootballTalk:

“The Falcons offense was without two of their starters at practice on Wednesday. Wide receiver Roddy White and left tackle Sam Baker were both on the sideline when the Falcons got started on their preparation for Sunday afternoon’s game in Miami. White’s still being bothered by the sprained ankle that’s been plaguing him for more than a month. White has played in each of the first two Falcons games and was on the field for a little more than half the snaps in the Week Two victory over the Rams. He’s clearly limited, though, and the Falcons will likely continue to keep him out of practice if the intent is to have him active on Sundays. Baker was questionable for last week’s game with a knee injury, but, like White, he was able to play in the game. Baker, again like White, hasn’t looked 100 percent to this point in the season, something that is less than ideal for a player at such an important position on the line.”

from Brandon Funston – Yahoo

“Until high-ankle sprain heals, he’s a bad bet.”


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of the aforementioned Chris Givens, Josh Gordon, or even Brian Hartline.



3. Trent Richardson @ 49ers

from FantasyPROS:

“You’ve surely heard the news by now. The Colts and Browns pulled off a monster trade in which Trent Richardson is headed to Indy for a 2014 first round pick. It’s safe to say NO ONE saw this coming. It’s also expected that Willis McGahee will be signed shortly as a free agent by the Browns to help fill the void of Richardson’s departure.”

from JuanElway:

“T-Rich moves to the Colts and a better situation from a fantasy perspective. Even though the 49ers can be beat by RBs (4 TDs in the first two weeks), I wouldn’t risk him this week, unless you have to.”

from Matthew Berry:

“The move is good for Richardson’s long term value. However, you should NOT be playing him this weekend (at SF). Berry also pegs Willis McGahee as the Cleveland RB you want, noting that he will only be a low-end RB2 or Flex.”


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of RBs like Lamar Miller, David Wilson and/or Joique Bell. 





FANFOOD Streaming Defense of the Week



New York Jets

from rotoworld:

“We have some evidence that this Jets front seven might be really good. They held Doug Martin to 65 yards on 24 carries in Week 1 and then limited Stevan Ridley to 40 yards on 16 carries in Week 2. Now they get to face a Buffalo team at home that has turned the ball over four times already this season.”

from fantasy knuckleheads:

“Sunday’s battle between long-time rivals Buffalo and New York actually provides two appealing options for owners who wish to scan their waiver wires for defensive units. The Jets’ renovated unit has been particularly impressive, even though they have six new defensive starters, and are forging onward without the services of Darrelle Revis. They appear to be gelling swiftly, as gaining yardage against them has been an equally arduous task via the air, or the ground. First they limited Doug Martin to 65 rushing yards in their opener, then they held Tom Brady to less than 200 yards for the first time since 2011 in Week 2. They currently rank second in total defense, and are allowing just 241 YPG. Not only do they rank an impressive sixth versus the pass (181.5 YPG), but their outstanding run defense is fourth overall, surrendering a mere 59.5 YPG. The Jets have also permitted just 30 points after their battles with the Buccaneers and Patriots, and should keep scoring to a minimum for the Bills. The Jets have the personnel to neutralize Buffalo’s 23rd ranked passing attack, and create havoc for E. J. Manuel. The far more intriguing aspect of the matchup will involve C. J. Spiller’s attempts to navigate through the Jets’ stingy run stoppers. However, Gang Green has demonstrated enough in their first two encounters to believe that Spiller will be forced to earn ever yard. The Jets are still available in nearly 96% of all ESPN leagues, deserve strong consideration for this week’s matchup, and have the potential to become a locked-in weekly start.”


FANFOOD Says: Start over DSTs like the Packers, Rams, and Chiefs.




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









Grilled Buttermilk Turkey Drumsticks


Buttermilk not only adds a distinctive and wonderful flavor but works as a great marinade. These turkey drumsticks are a meal in themselves that are tender, flavorful and easy to eat.
Prep Time: 18 minutes




4-6 turkey drumsticks
1/2 cup olive oil
1 bottle store bought barbecue sauce
For marinade:
2 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon black pepper



In a medium bowl, combine all marinade ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
Place drumsticks in a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over it.
Seal bag and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours. Preheat grill.
Remove drumsticks from plastic bag and throw away marinade. Place turkey on lightly oiled grill grates.
Cook on medium, indirect heat for 2 hours, or until juices run clear.
Brush with barbecue sauce every 20 minutes during cooking process.


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