FF Pickups WEEK 12

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There have been some changes in the NFL landscape. QBs Smith and Gabbert may have lost their starting gigs. The Gronk is out for awhile with a broken arm, and “What you talk’n bout Willis” McGahee won’t be a factor for your team for the rest of the year with a torn MCL. This leaves us with some interesting players that you can find on waivers that can help your team get into or stay in your league’s playoffs.

Here they are by position, followed by a great recipe for peanut butter and apple pie. Perfect with BBQ.

 

Pickups of the Week (by position)

 

QB

 

Colin Kaepernick

Harbaugh has said he will go with the “hot” hand at the QB position, and Kaepernick knack give the dog a bone. That young man played well at home. I think Smith is getting a raw deal, but it’s hard to argue with last night’s results.

 

Chad Henne

The writing was on the wall in Jacksonville. It only took a minor injury to make “The Hanging” Chad Henne the starter. He proved last week that he can handle the job against a tough defense. Cecil Shorts, Laurent Robinson, and now Justin Blackmon benefit as a result.

 

RB

 

Beanie Wells

Chris was activated this week and will look to resume his starting role. And is the most talented player on the wire. LSH filled in nicely, but will mostly likely be hurt the most with the return of wells.

 

Ronnie Hillman

Beano might be more talented, but the Broncos have the better matchups going forward. As mentioned before Willis is out for the FF season, and the ponies will go with Hillman & Ball as their RB1 & RB1a. Hillman is the better back, and if you need help at the RB position, go out and grab.

 

James Starks

When Benson when down, there was a lot of speculation on who would replace him. Many people thought that James wouldn’t be the one, but over the past two weeks he has 42 carries. He is getting the touches, but he is not making the most of it. Green Bay is a pass first team, making Starks desperation add only.

 

WR

 

Cecil Shorts

The JAGs have one of the best strength of schedules for the rest of the year and will some new blood at the QB position, Cecil has scored in back to back games and now has 5 on the year. Now that he has a better thrower getting him the ball, get Shorty.

 

Justin Blackmon

Henne targeted him early and often with 13 targets resulting in 236 yards on the day. He can implode any given Sunday. But he sure does have talent. Look at the Jags remaining games…vs Tennessee, @ Buffalo, vs NY Jets, @ Miami, vs New England. None of which have great defenses and scream bad matchup for Justin.

 

Ryan Broyles

Titus was benched late in Week 11, and as I mentioned in my last post, Jim Schwartz announced Monday that the team is suspending Young for the Thanksgiving day game against the Texans for “whining, pouting, sulking” about not getting more passes thrown his way. This gives Broyles a clear cut role in the passing game. Ohh Broyles!

 

Pierre Garcon

Many teams may have dropped “The Waiter”, but he is getting back to full strength. If you cannot grab on of the WRs above, take a tip from me and expect to pay 20% for parties of 6 or more.

 

Julian Edelman

The Gronk is done for 4 weeks or longer, the other TE Hernandez can’t stay on the field, and Dion Branch can’t either because he has been cut. Tommy Boy will continue to spread the ball around and as we saw on Sunday, Julian is a playmaker. They are going to design more and more plays for him each week that he shows this type of promise. Think East Coast Cobb.

 

TE

 

Dallas Clark

Dallas has scored in back to back games and Josh Freeman got him the ball 7 times last week. He may be one to consider in your FF playoffs if you are still without Gronkowski.

 

Dwayne Allen

“Lucky” for Dwayne, teams continue to double Wayne and Fleener is still out. Coby may play this week, creating a time share for Allen, but look Indy’s Strength of Schedule… vs Buffalo, @ Detriot, vs Tennessee, @ Houston, @ Kansas City. All but one are plus matchups for either and both ends.

 

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Peanut Butter and Apple Pie

 

INGREDIENTS:

For the crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) ice cold butter cut into small pieces
Up to 1/4 cup ice water

 

For the filling:
6 medium granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup natural peanut butter (I used PB&Co. Old Fashioned Smooth)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar

 

PREPARATION:

Place the flour, sugar, salt, and butter in a food processor and pulse for 10 to 20 seconds until the dough is the consistency of coarse crumbs. Continue pulsing and add the water 1 tablespoon at a time just until the dough comes together.
Transfer the ball of dough to a flat surface, press it into a disc and wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Remove from plastic and roll the dough into a 12-inch circle and transfer to a pie dish. Remove the excess dough and crimp the edges with your fingers.

Preheat your oven to 450°F.

Place the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and salt in a small saucepan and heat on a very low flame and stir until well combined. Remove from heat and add the cream. Mix until smooth and set aside. Let cool.

Place the apples in a large bowl and sprinkle the flour on top of the apples and toss with your hands until the apples are well coated.

Place the peanut butter filling in the pie shell. Place the apples in the filling one at a time, pressing down so that they become immersed in the filling. Periodically press down on the apples to allow the filling to rise. Continue until all of the apples are incorporated into the filling. Sprinkle the granulated sugar on the top of the pie.

Place the pie in the oven and bake at 450°F for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 50 to 60 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Note: Cover the edges of the crust with strips of aluminum foil to protect the crust from burning. Remove the strips during the last 20 minutes of baking.

 

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