Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 8











-   Week  8 –

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 8, and a bonus DST that you can plug and play.  As always, it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Pulled Pork Pancakes with Bourbon Syrup.


Lets get to it.



Week 8

Peyton ManningJamaal CharlesCalvin JohnsonRob Gronkowski
Drew BreesMarshawn LynchDez BryantJimmy Graham
Aaron RodgersLeSean McCoyDemaryius ThomasTony Gonzalez
Matt RyanAdrian PetersonVictor CruzVernon Davis
Robert Griffin IIIFrank GoreWes WelkerJulius Thomas
Cam NewtonEddie LacyA.J. GreenJordan Reed
Matthew StaffordReggie BushJordy NelsonJason Witten
Colin KaepernickKnowshon MorenoVincent JacksonGreg Olsen
Tony RomoDarren SprolesPierre GarconCharles Clay
Eli ManningAlfred MorrisDeSean JacksonKyle Rudolph


 - WEEK 8 -

(Byes: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee)


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Thursday, October 24th

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:25


Sunday, October 27th


Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions, 1 

San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs, 1

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 1

Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints, 1

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 


Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders, 4:05

New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals, 4:05 

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25

Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos, 4:25


Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings, 8:30


Monday, October 28th

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams, 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 statring 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





Terrance Williams @DET


from fantasysharks:
The rookie continues to produce well and has another good matchup to exploit this week. Will the Cowboys try to get it to Bryant a little more this week to try and help him back up his big talk, which could mean fewer balls his way. Still should be in for a nice day though.
from fftoolbox:
Here is another example of a player drafted in 2013 that is coming along faster than expected. Terrance Williams was a third round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, but he figured to not see many passes his way with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Miles Austin ahead of him. After doing nothing for the first three games, Williams has now become a major part of the Dallas offense over the last four games. Over that span he has 19 receptions for 320 yards and has scored a touchdown in each of the last three weeks. The timing of this boost in performance comes on the heels of Miles Austin injuring his hamstring, AGAIN. Since returning from injury, Austin has no receptions in two games. There is even talk he might get shut down. Look for Williams to continue his good production this coming week.
from CBSsports:
Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams heads into the Week 8 game at Detroit looking for his fourth consecutive game with a touchdown catch. The WR leads all NFC rookies with 380 receiving yards. After a slow start to his career, Williams has 12 catches for 249 yards and three touchdowns in his last three contests and has become a favorite target of quarterback Tony Romo. Dez Bryant remains the top WR in Big D, but Williams has been impressive. The Lions have not been particularly good at stopping wideouts this season, either. They are allowing the seventh-most Fantasy points per game to the position. Just last week A.J. Green went for 155 yards and a TD against them. In fact, they’ve allowed a receiver to top 100 yards in four straight games and in five of seven on the year overall. The rookie wideout should be seeing plenty of action in Fantasy leagues on Sunday as a quality No. 2 Fantasy WR.


FANFOOD Says: Start him over WRs like Marques Colston, Anquan Boldin and Mike Wallace.



Michael Floyd vs. ATL


from fantasyfix:
Floyd has been consistently targeted and now has 51 targets for the year, just seven fewer than Larry Fitzgerald. And he’s consistently caught those targets as he has exactly five catches in each of the last four weeks. He’s also been consistently looked at close to the end zone as he is 15th among receivers in Mike Clay’s opportunity-adjusted touchdowns stat (oTD), which tells us that Floyd should probably have more TDs at this point than the one he has and will get more if his current usage continues. He has a great matchup this week with the Falcons who are 4th worst in fantasy points allowed per game to WR, 11th worst in pass coverage according to ProFootballFocus and the worst pass D in the league according to Football Outsiders.
from fantasysharks:
The youngster has been up and down, though a tasty matchup this week could help him merit taking a chance on this week.
from CBSsports:
Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd had a solid performance in Week 7 against the Seahawks Thursday, in a 34-22 loss. Floyd led the team with six catches for 71 yards, while being targeted a team-high 10 times. Floyd has 32 receptions for 416 yards on the season, just behind team leader Larry Fitzgerald. He will try to continue his solid play in Week 8, when the Cardinals host the Falcons.


FANFOOD Says: Start him over other WRs such as Golden Tate, Stevie Johnson, and Greg Jennings.



Le’Veon Bell @ OAK


from fantasysharks:
The rookie has been pretty good thus far and the Steelers will likely ride him hard again this week to try and get back to Steelers football, so has a chance to put up some strong numbers this week, even though the matchup is not ideal.
from damuthaship:
Mike Tomlin worried that criticism of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ running attack might have an adverse effect on Le’Veon Bell. Instead of giving the rookie running back a public pat on the back, as Tomlin did last week, maybe the seventh-year coach should have taped any negative story about the Steelers’ ground game inside of Bell’s locker. Critics are a first cousin of doubters, and Bell has used the latter to fuel his rise from overlooked high school recruit to his status as the Steelers’ feature back. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made sure to lavish praise on Le’Veon Bell a couple of days after the rookie running back rushed for just 34 yards in the Week 6 win over the Jets. After Bell gashed the Ravens for 93 yards last Sunday, Tomlin, unprompted and with a noticeable edge, asked: “Any questions about Le’Veon Bell?” Tomlin may not be sensitive to outside criticism but he acknowledged that it could affect younger players such as Bell. That is why he gave the former Michigan State star a public vote of confidence. “I felt the need to assure him that he’s doing the right things, that’s he’s doing what we’re asking him to do in a manner of which we ask him to do it,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “I don’t want him listening to the elevator music. I want him to listen to what matters and that’s the opinion of the people that evaluate him.”
from Y!:
Nearing the midpoint of his first NFL season, Le’Veon Bell insists the game is starting to slow down. At times, it almost looks like it has come to a complete stop. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back. Head up as he tip-toes toward the line of scrimmage, hands on the back of his offensive linemen as he picks the best route through the defense, Bell looks like a player who has all the time in the world to get where he’s going.Maybe it’s because the destination is always the same: forward. Bell picked his way for a season-high 93 yards on 19 carries in Sunday’s 19-16 win over Baltimore, a victory that gave Pittsburgh (2-4) momentum for the first time in 2013.


FANFOOD Says: Start him over RBs like Alfred Morris, Giovani Bernard and Darren McFadden.







Dwayne Bowe vs CLE


from juanelway:
Another highly paid / under performing wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe has struggled to get anything going this season – despite the Chiefs’ 7-0 start. Bowe caught five passes for 66 yards in week seven, both season highs for the former Pro Bowl wide receiver. Fantasy owners should not see this as the beginning of a good streak for Bowe, as he faces off with Joe Haden and the Cleveland Browns this week. Haden has been shadowing opponents’ number one wide receivers all season and has been getting the best of some of the league’s top wide receivers. This week should be no different, and fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a WR 3 this week.
from walterfootball:
Alex Smith doesn’t look downield, so Dwayne Bowe’s fantasy value is gone.
from rotoprofessor:
He’s a consistent whipping boy here, but deservedly so. Not only has he failed to produce, but now he draws a stiff matchup. It’s hard to trust him this week.
from fantasysharks:
While he has had some good moments, for the most part he has struggled to produce and this week he likely will have the pleasure of being shadowed by the talented Joe Haden, which likely won’t help him get it going.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of WRs like the aforementioned Terrance Williams, Denarius Moore and even Brian Hartline.



Greg Jennings vs GB


from walterfootball:
Impossible to use, given the quarterback situation. Maybe he shouldn’t have taken the money and ran to Minnesota?
from rotoprofessor:
Josh Freeman will have had another week to get comfortable in the offense and work off the rust from a lengthy layoff. With Green Bay being susceptible to the pass, there should be opportunities for Jennings. He was targeted 10 times last week and, with a better rapport, should turn that into a lot more than 4 receptions and 41 yards this week.
from fantasysharks:
Really hasn’t produced a ton this season, although has had his moments. Could benefit from facing his former team this week, so does have a little more upside than he has recently. Still a risky option though.


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of Hakeem Nicks, Julian Edelman and Cecil Shorts.



Willis McGahee @ KC


from juanelway:
McGahee has not looked good and may start losing snaps to Fozzie sooner, rather than later. The Chiefs on the road with a new QB, no gracias.
from fantasysharks:
The Browns are suddenly employing another RB with Whittaker, although McGahee should be the main RB threat. Although this week’s matchup leaves an awful lot to be desired, so probably not a good idea to start him.
from rotoworld:
Willis McGahee (knee) is practicing in full this week. McGahee hasn’t cleared 39 yards on the ground in each of the past two games. He’s fading further and further from fantasy relevance and is a RB3/ flex


FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of RBs like Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Tolbert and Chris Ivory.



FANFOOD Streaming Defense of the Week


at MIN



from thefakefootball:
The Packers’ defense, available in 30 percent of leagues — a shockingly low number — get their crack at the Josh Freeman Experiment this Sunday, a week after Freeman looked as bad as a professional signal caller can possibly look against the Giants.It doesn’t matter that the Packers’ defense has been decimated by injuries, or that they allowed an average of 27.3 points in the first three weeks of the season. They’ve somehow righted their defensive ship, giving up just 13 points per game over their last three. Minnesota, meanwhile, gave up 12 fantasy points to a Giants’ defense that had scored a combined six fantasy points over their first six games. That may very well be the most jaw-dropping stat of the year. Freeman was offensively bad, completing 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards, Vikings pass catchers couldn’t get open, and Adrian Peterson was swallowed by nonstop eight and nine-man fronts. Probably I won’t have Green Bay ranked as high as some this week, mostly because I think it’s terribly unfair to assume Freeman will play this badly with more preparation and familiarity with Minnesota’s offense. The Packers-Vikings tilt also has the makings of a blowout, and despite the likelihood of a few turnovers from Freeman and company, Green Bay’s vulnerable secondary (they’re eighth worst against the pass) knocks them down a peg or two. Green Bay is still a locked-and-loaded top-10 option this week. Like we’ve always done with Blaine Gabbert, let Freeman wash over you.
from totalpackers:
Jerron McMillian was supposed to start at safety at some point. Now he can’t even get on the field. McMillian was awful early in the season while Morgan Burnett was out. Against Cleveland — and you probably didn’t notice — McMillian barely played. He played just one defensive snap. The Packers went to rookie Micah Hyde, who’s played well, in the dime. That was McMillian’s role. They also used undrafted free agent Chris Banjo ahead of McMillian. Banjo actually took snaps away from the other starting safety, M.D. Jennings. I don’t know where they find these guys, but it’s clear McMillian has no role on this team right now. Brad Jones missed his second consecutive game due to injury. Jones has been good enough, but his replacement, Jamari Lattimore, killed it on Sunday. Lattimore was impressive in his first start. He was a badass in his second. Lattimore had a team-leading 12 tackles, a sack and he knocked down a pass. Dude makes plays. Reminiscent of when Desmond Bishop replaced Nick Barnett. How can you not have Davon House on the field? First pick on Sunday. Three tackles. Knocked down three passes. I don’t know what happens when Casey Hayward comes back, but Tramon Williams should probably be looking over his shoulder.


FANFOOD SAYS: Start over other DSTs like The RAMS the STEELERS and the SAINTS.


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Pulled Pork Pancakes





Preheat the oven to 175 F. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, beat the egg and mix with the buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir gently. Do not over mix. This is a thick, lumpy pancake batter. The little lumps will make your pancakes fluffier. Let bater sit for 10 minutes so some moisture works its way into the lumps.

Heat up a frying pan over medium-low heat. Brush a thin layer of butter or oil on your pan. Take 2 tablespoons of batter and drop it into your pan. Cook until many tiny bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and continue cooking. This side won’t take as long, maybe a minute or two. Hold the pancakes in the warm oven until you’re done with the batter.

yield: 4 servings

To arrange, place one pancake on a plate and top with pulled pork. Repeat twice. Serve with bourbon syrup. Enjoy!


Bourbon Syrup #1


Bourbon Syrup #2:





In a small saucepan, Bring the sugars, bourbon and water to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat to medium-low and let the syrup bubble gently and reduce until a syrup like consistency, about 5-6 minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn! Let stand 5 minutes. Enjoy warm.


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