Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 7











-   Week 7  –

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 7, and a bonus DST that you can plug and play.  As always, it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Yogurt-Marinated Grilled Swordfish Steaks.


Lets get to it.




Week 7

Aaron RodgersLeSean McCoyDez BryantTony Gonzalez
Peyton ManningAdrian PetersonA.J. GreenVernon Davis
Tony RomoJamaal CharlesCalvin JohnsonJason Witten
Cam NewtonReggie BushDeSean JacksonAntonio Gates
Andrew LuckMatt ForteJustin BlackmonJordan Cameron
Philip RiversDoug MartinBrandon MarshallJulius Thomas
Matt RyanMarshawn LynchDemaryius ThomasRob Gronkowski
Jay CutlerArian FosterPierre GarconJermichael Finley
Tom BradyEddie LacyJosh GordonMartellus Bennett
Matthew StaffordFrank GoreJordy NelsonGreg Olsen



 - WEEK 7 -

(Byes: New Orleans, Oakland)

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Thursday, October 17th

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals, 8:25


Sunday, October 20th

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, 1

St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers, 1

Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions, 1 

San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 (LONDON)

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs, 1

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, 1

New England Patriots at New York Jets, 1

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, 1

Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins, 1


San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans, 4:05

Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers, 4:25

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 


Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 


Monday, October 21st 

Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants, 8:40



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 starting 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





Alfred Morris vs CHI


from juanelway:
The Bears were ran over by a over the hill RB last week that I could beat in a foot race. The scary thing is that according to Greg Cosell, he left yards on the field. A lot of em. If the Redskins can keep it close, Morris should go off.
Coming off a nice game, although most of it was attributed to one big touchdown run. Still trying to really find himself and faces a good Bears defense this week, so definitely not a sure thing like he was last season.
from FFLockerRoom:
I love Morris and seeing what Brandon Jacobs did against the Bears last week has us drooling for this matchup.
from funston Y!:
Can’t fear a CHI D that just allowed 22/106/2 line to Brandon Jacobs
from fantasyfootballmaniax:
Morris has been a bright spot on a struggling Skins offense and should be a solid play against the Bears 22nd ranked fantasy running back defense.


FANFOOD Says: Start him over Giovani Bernard, Le’Veon Bell, and Stevan Ridley.



Ruben Randle vs MIN


from rotoexperts:
Randle has nine receptions for 171 yards and three TDs the last two games. He has 18 targets in that span and the Vikings have allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points to wide receivers.
Found the end zone last week as he continues to put up solid numbers and with a strong matchup this week, he is probably worth considering as a worthy starter this week.
from funston Y!ahoo!:
MIN allowing more than 300 pass YPG, and Randle No. 4 fantasy WR past 2
from fantasyfootballmaniax:
Randle has been seeing a ton of targets and is on the WR3 radar against a horrible Vikings secondary.
from the muthaship:
Randle is talented enough to be at least a flex if he’s the No. 2 aerial weapon in New York’s offense. He’s not a deep-seed player, but he’s big and is one of the more athletic leapers you’ll see at WR. Randle definitely needs to clean up the mental side of his game; he stopped running a route Thursday night, leading directly to a Manning pick, and later slammed the ball into the ground in frustration because he slipped, except he hadn’t been touched by a defender (the officials ruled Randle had “given himself up,” but that was a shaky call). Still, Randle should be added in all leagues while we wait to find out Nicks’ destination.


FANFOOD Says: Start him over Emmanuel Sanders, Kenbrell Thompkins and even Dwayne Bowe.



Coby Fleener vs DEN


from juanelway:
Fleener needs some stick em, but he was able to get wide open last week in the middle of the field. Now, if he can only catch the damn thing. The Broncos allow nearly 9 points a game to opposing TEs, so Fleener is a great option in this week’s shootout.
from fantasysharks:
Still waiting for him to step up his game, which he has yet to do. Maybe the juicy matchup and potential shootout this week will help him start to get the job done.
from NFLSoup:
Fleener has upside and if this is a shootout he could kill it.
from fantasyfootballmaniax:
Fleener faces a Broncos D that ranks just 21st against fantasy tight ends.


FANFOOD Says: Start him over Greg Olsen, Brent Celek and Kyle Rudolph.






Stevan Ridley @ NYJ


from fftoolbox:
After getting off to a very slow start to the season, Steven Ridley finally broke out, totaling 110 yards and two touchdowns in a thrilling win over the New Orleans Saints. Ridley had struggled mightly this season with his previous high rushing game being 53 yards. Fantasy owners who are expecting Ridley to build on his strong game this week will be disappointed. While Ridley should see the majority of the carries out of the Patriots backfield this week, he is likely to struggle. The Jets run defense has been stout this season, allowing just under 76 yards per game, second in the league. Ridley and the Patriots faced the Jets in week two, with the running back rushing 16 times for only 40 yards, a 2.5 yards per carry average. While Ridley has shown signs of bouncing back from his poor start, I would keep him on fantasy benches this week in New York.
from juanelway:
It was nice to see Ridley get back into action last week, as in back in the endzone. My problem is that the Jets are the second best team against opposing RBs and we are one fumble away from seeing him on the bench.
Last week was the Ridley we have been waiting on all season, so maybe that will help get him going. With a brutal matchup this week, it may be best to let him sit this one out and prove that he is actually back before going back to him.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of Maurice Jones-Drew, Fred Jackson and Lamar Miller.




Larry Fitzgerald vs SEA


from juanelway:
Fitz was on one bad hammy last week, then he hurt his other hammy. With a short week to rest and recover, while facing Richard Sherman, he is a sit this week.
Banged up wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald faces off with the Seattle Seahwks this Thursday night. Fitzgerald was a gametime decision to play in week six, but ended up topping 100 receiving yards while also finding the endzone in a loss to the 49ers. The star receiver did tweak his hamstring during the loss, making it likely that he will not be at 100 percent heading into this weeks matchup. Fitzgerald faced the Seahawks twice last season, catching just five passes for 65 yards in total. These factors, added to Fitzgerald only having a couple days to recover before Thursday night, do not bode well for him putting in a good fantasy performance. Fantasy owners should be cautious starting the star wide receiver this week.
Tweaked that hamstring again last week and considering he may be slowed some and facing a tough pass defense, it may be best to pass on him this week. He had limited success last season against the Seahawks.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, and Mike Wallace.




Miles Austin @ PHI


from fftoolbox:
After catching ten passes in week one, Miles Austin has hauled in just five passes over the next five weeks. Austin returned from a two game absence in week six, but did not make his way onto the box score – catching zero balls on just four targets. Terrance Williams played well in Austin’s absence, and should continue to rotate with Austin when the Cowboys have only two wide receivers on the field. With Dez Bryant and Jason Witten dominating the targets for Dallas, it is unlikely that Austin will make a major impact over the remainder of the season. Fantasy owners should hold on to Miles Austin as no more than a backup wide receiver
from walterfootball:
Miles Austin-Jones just doesn’t look like himself.
Was quiet in his return from that injured hamstring, although the passing game in general was quiet. Still really hasn’t done quite enough to consider him an ideal option. The great matchup he has this week could finally help him get going though, so he does have upside.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of Brian Hartline, Austin Pettis, and Brandon LaFell.




FANFOOD Streaming Defense of the Week


vs  BUF

from fantasyalarm:
We love to use teams at home coming out of a bye. It’s a bonus that the Dolphins get to face a Bills team that has hit rock bottom at quarterback. With E.J. Manuel (knee) out indefinitely and Kevin Kolb (concussion) on injured reserve, they’re going to have to start Thad Lewis (day to day, foot) or newly signed Matt Flynn. C.J. Spiller (ankle) is playing limited snaps and is clearly less than 100 percent. It’s a dream scenario for Cameron Wake and friends, who have forced nine turnovers and recorded 13 sacks through five games.
from juanelway: Matt Flynn? Do you need another reason? The Dolphins D is pretty darn good and the Bills offense may not be able to do a thing against them. Coming off the bye and playing at home and we have a Yahtzee!
The defense has been up and down, though have plenty of weapons that could make some big plays this week, especially against an offense that likely won’t know the starting QB until late in the week.


FANFOOD SAYS: START over other DSTs like The Rams, Texans, and the Falcons.



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Yogurt-Marinated Grilled Swordfish Steaks


Use a very fruity, deep-green olive oil for the marinade, as well as for passing at the table.



3 swordfish steaks (1 pound each)
1/4 cup whole-milk yogurt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (plus extra for serving)
1 1/2 teaspoons chili paste or hot paprika
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped mild onion
lemon wedges (for serving)



Halve swordfish steaks down center to make six 1/2-pound portions.

In a large, shallow glass-baking dish, combine yogurt, oil, chili paste, lemon juice, mint, and onion.
Add fish and spread marinade over it.
Cover with lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
(If you marinate fish longer, it “cooks” in marinade and becomes unpalatably mushy.)

Preheat the grill to high.
Remove fish from refrigerator and allow to become room temperature.
Drain off any excess marinade.

Oil cooking surface very lightly and grill fish (covered if on outdoor kettle grill) 5 to 7 minutes per side.
Fish is done when slightly charred, opaque, and just beginning to flake.

Serve with lemon wedges, and pass olive oil to drizzle on top.


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