FF Pickups WEEK 10


Last week, we saw injuries to starters like Darren McFadden, Jordy Nelson, Percy Harvin, Antonio Brown and Donnie Avery, to name a few. In order to stay in the hunt for the playoffs in your FF league, you must be willing to make the necessary adjustments and pick up the players that will get you the needed points to win your weekly matchup. Here are some players that can help your team fill in for injuries and the dreaded bye week followed by a recipe for pork chops with mustard creme sauce that you can make for dinner tonight.


Pickups of the week (by position)




Marcel Reece

One of the most athletically gifted fullbacks in the league, Reece took over when both McFadden (high-ankle sprain) and Mike Goodson (ankle) went down against the Bucs. With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both shelved with ankle injuries, Reese ripped off eight catches for 90+ yards and a touchdown in week nine. If he has a prominent role going forward, you better believe he’ll have fantasy value. The same goes for the explosive Taiwan Jones.


Isaac Redman

The STEELERS are calling their backfield, “The Three-headed Monster” and as I mentioned in my last post, they have had a 100 yard rusher in each of the past three games. Last week it was Redman, who rushed for 147 yards and a score. It’s too soon to say if the other two, Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Jonathan Dwyer (Quad) will be ready for Week 10, so pick Redman up just in case he gets another start against the Chiefs because my guess is the STEELERS will make it 4 in a row.


Joique Bell

After Mikell Leshoure destroyed the Jaguars early, the Lions opted to go with Bell late in the game. Bell rushed 13 times for 73 yards and a touchdown, while also catching 3 passes for 36 yards. He might not be the first RB you will want to pickup and makes for just a FLEX fill in.


James Starks

The Packers gave Starks the opportunity to start this week, though it is too soon to tell if they have realized he is their best option on the ground or if they just tired of Alex Green and decided to try someone else. The Packers are off this week, so the mystery of who will get more carries will have to wait another week. This late in the season, anything from a running back on waivers is a victory, so the 15-20 carries and 50-75 yards the Green Bay starter is likely to register is a welcome addition to any fantasy roster in need of help at the position.


Shane Vereen

If you are one of those teams that is still waiting for DeMarco to DePlay, and if you have McFadden on your McTeam, and you can’t get any of the above, why not try Vereen? The Patriots have a new found commitment to running the ball this season and ever since Shane came back from his injury the Pats have been trying to find ways to work him in. This week the Pats square off with the Bills, who are the worst run stopping team in the league allowing 172 yards on the ground per game. The Pats may try and establish the run early and keep it going all game. It’s all about the matchups.




Danny Amendola

He’s back. After sitting out with a clavicle injury the last few weeks, the Rams’ website reports Amendola “looks poised” to return in Week 10. For those in leagues where he was dropped, it’s time to add him. Even if you don’t want to take the risk in this one, you may want to grab him early before someone else gets the same idea.


T.Y. Hilton

After Donnie Avery went down against the Dolphins with a hip injury, Hilton made the most of his time on the field, racking up 11 targets for 6 catches, 102 yards and a touchdown. Avery was having a huge day himself with 5 catches for 108 yards. But if the hip keeps Avery out against the Jaguars, Hilton could be a huge pickup for Week 10.


Emmanuel Sanders

Antonio Brown suffered an ankle sprain in the win over the Giants. Although reports are that he wants to play, the STEELERS may play it safe against the Chiefs this week if they feel they can win without him. If Brown is out, Sanders makes for a worthwhile WR3/ FLEX, especially in FF leagues counting return yardage.


Devone Bess

The ‘fins have been working Bess into the offensive scheme much more lately. Bess has been targeted 27 times in the last three games, nine in each game, and has come down with 16 catches. Bess seems to be Tannehill’s favorite target right now.




Brandon Myers

Brandon had eight catches and also scored his first two touchdowns of the year. If he can start developing into a consistent red-zone threat, he’ll quickly be among the top tight ends in the league. He’s worth a pickup in standard leagues and should be owned everywhere that allows PPR numbers.





“Breaded” Pork Chops with Mustard Cream Sauce



2 thick boneless pork chops

garlic powder
1/4 cup almond meal
1-2 T olive oil (will depend on your pan)
1/2 cup chicken stock
3 T cream or half and half or milk
1 T Dijon mustard (or less)


Trim all fat from pork chops, then put between saran wrap and pound until 1/4 inch thick. For best results, pound the pork chops on both sides with spiky side of meat mallet, then cut each flattened pork chop in half for more manageable sized pieces for frying.

Season pork chops on both sides with a tiny bit of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Put almond meal on a plate and press pork chop into it, sprinkling almond meal over both sides of pork chop and pressing on until you have an even coating on each chop. Heat olive oil in pan big enough to hold all pork chops, then add pork chops and saute over medium heat until well browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes.

Turn them a couple of times and be sure not to have the heat too high or the almond meal will burn. Quite a bit of the coating will fall off, but don’t worry about it. There will still be enough left on to give a good brown color to the pork chops. The part that falls off gives a delicious nutty flavor to the sauce.

Remove pork chops to plate and cover to keep warm if you want. Turn up heat in pan and add chicken stock, scraping pan until all the browned bits of almond meal are loosened. Cook about 2 minutes over high heat, then lower heat to medium low and wisk in mustard, then cream. Cook sauce at a low simmer 1-2 minutes more. Pour over pork chops, garnish with parsley if desired, and serve.



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