FF recap, pickups, DST/FLEX options & more


The FF Regular Season is over (for most leagues), even if your league has this as your last week, you can consider it the playoffs, because a loss will most likely cost you a spot. Here are some notes from week 13, and couple of players that can help you in the playoffs, ranking some FLEX and DST for the next week, followed by a recipe for cooking ribs indoors- southern style.



WEEK 13 FF Recap


Adrian Peterson (21 car., 210 yds., 1 TD; 1 rec., 10 yds.) provided one of the biggest fantasy scores of the week, and it was fitting with the playoffs on the line in most leagues. Like Peterson, Calvin Johnson (13 rec., 171 yds., 1 TD) rose to the occasion for his teams. Johnson started slowly this season with just one TD in his first eight games, but he has scored in each of the past four games and has scored double-digit fantasy points in the last five. Brandon Marshall had a season-high 165 yards on 10 receptions. Marshall has averaged 15.5 targets and 11 receptions and has scored two TDs in the two games since Jay Cutler returned from a concussion. Next week Marshall gets a rematch with the Vikings, whom he torched in Week 12.


Hopefully, these guys were able to offset a stinker like Drew Brees put up. no touchdowns, five interceptions, 3.6 fantasy points. Tom Brady wasn’t as bad as Brees, but he too tossed up his worst fantasy output of the season at the wrong time. Brady (24-for-40, 238 yds., 1 TD, 1 INT) had 13.8 fantasy points, his lowest total since the 18.5 he had in Week 2 against Arizona. Brady and the Patriots toyed with the Dolphins until finally putting them away. Andrew Luck scored his highest output of the season with 36.9 fantasy points on 391 yards passing, 33 yards rushing and four TD passes that offset three interceptions. Luck’s walk-off TD pass to Donnie Avery gave the Colts a dramatic win, too. Luck proved for one game at least that it’s OK to wait on a QB in your draft. Some pundits might immediately blame Colin Kaepernick (21-for-32, 208 yds., 9 car., 84 yds.) for the loss because of his ill-advised pitch that resulted in a fumble and a touchdown for Janoris Jenkins that helped tie the game. But “Special K” made throws and a 50-yard run that arguably Alex Smith would not have been able to make. I am starting to believe, but not there yet.


It was a good day for waiver-wire tight ends (I should know I have The “Gronk” on my team and constantly looking for a weekly replacement). Scott Chandler, Dallas Clark, Coby Fleener, and Brandon Myers (14 rec., 130 yds.) all got into the end zone, and Jacob Tamme (9 rec., 89 yds.) led the Broncos in receptions. Not to be out done Martellus Bennett caought seven for 82 yards and a touchdown Monday night). Peeking ahead to next week we see Myers (vs. DEN), Fleener (vs. TEN), Tamme (at OAK), Martellus Bennett (vs. NO), Marcedes Lewis (vs. NYJ) and Brent Celek (at TB) all have good matchups.


Sunday night had a ton of FF scoring: Tony Romo (22-for-27, 303 yds., 3 TDs; 3 car., 14 yds.) went 10-for-10 in the second half and threw two of his three TD passes to Dez Bryant (6 rec., 98 yds.), who also starred in the Cowboys’ 38-33 win against the Eagles. DeMarco Murray (foot) came back for his first game in seven weeks and was effective with 102 total yards and a touchdown on 27 touches. Jason Witten had 108 yards on six receptions, and the Dallas defense returned a fumble for a TD to salvage its fantasy score. That fumble was by Bryce Brown and was his third in two games. That marred an otherwise strong performance for Brown, who had 183 total yards and two touchdowns. Nick Foles had his best game with 251 yards and a touchdown on 22-for-34 passing with no interceptions. The Eagles DST got a 98-yard TD return by Damaris Johnson to salvage what was otherwise another poor game.


Going Foward


You have made it this far. You season was good enough to get you to the FF playoffs. So now is not the time to do anything crazy like bench your QB1 or WR2 because of poor matchups. Stick with what got you here. That being said: when it comes to FF playoffs, you only need to score the most points each week. If you have a couple question marks like in your FLEX or DST positions here are some players/teams that you can plug n play.


FANFOOD Ranking : FLEX Position

(rankings based on standard scoring in leagues that start 2 WRs, 2RBs, 1TE and a W/R/T FLEX and 4 teams competing)


Top 25 FLEX

Julio Jones (WR, ATL at CAR)
Vincent Jackson (WR, TB vs PHI)
Matt Forte (RB, CHI at MIN)
Roddy White (WR, ATL at CAR)
Hakeem Nicks (WR, NYG vs NO)
Mikel Leshoure (RB, DET at GB)
Steven Jackson (RB, STL at BUF)
Knowshon Moreno (RB, DEN at OAK)
Randall Cobb (WR, GB vs DET)
DeMarco Murray (RB, DAL at CIN)
Marques Colston (WR, NO at NYG)
Michael Turner (RB, ATL at CAR)
Eric Decker (WR, DEN at OAK)
Pierre Garcon (WR, WAS vs BAL)
Torrey Smith (WR, BAL at WAS)
Shonn Greene (RB, NYJ at JAC)
Fred Jackson (RB, BUF vs STL)
Steve Smith (WR, CAR vs ATL)
Vick Ballard (RB, IND vs TEN)
Darren Sproles (RB, NO at NYG)
Greg Jennings (WR, GB vs DET)
DeAngelo Williams (RB, CAR vs ATL)
Lance Moore (WR, NO at NYG)
Miles Austin (WR, DAL at CIN)
Michael Crabtree (WR, SF vs MIA)


Top 5 DST Available

(based on standard scoring, not some leagues that score -15 points for 35+ Defensive points allowed)


Cincinnati Bengals (vs DAL)
Jacksonville Jaguars (vs NYJ)
St. Louis Rams (at BUF)
Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)
Indianapolis Colts (vs TEN)


Top 5 Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 14


Browns WR Josh Gordon racked up a season-best 116 receiving yards and caught his fifth TD of an impressive rookie season Sunday at Oakland. Needs 354 receiving yards in his final four games to reach 1,000 on the season. Lions WR Mike Thomas will get more looks now that Ryan Broyles (knee) out for the season and Titus Young persona non grata, Thomas is likely to have a key role in the Lions’ passing game down the stretch. Chris Givens, Rams WR is not the most hyped or talented WR out there, but Sam Bradford likes him and the 11 fantasy points per game that he’s posted with Amendola out are enough that prorated for the whole season, he would be the #7 WR. Packers RB Alex Green carried the rock 12 times for 58 yards, while hauling in one reception for 12 yards, in Green Bay’s win versus Minnesota on Sunday. Although he ran well last week, he’s averaged a paltry 3.3 yards on 109 carries this season. Green should be added in 12-team leagues with the potential for a heavy workload, but he’s more likely to be a flex option than a reliable RB2 going forward. Lions RB Joique Bell. OC Scott Linehan said he is earning more touches weekly. Bell is averaging a gaudy 5.70 YPC on the season and has totaled 12 rushes for 128 yards with a touchdown over the last two weeks. “The way he ran the ball and has been playing certainly gives him an opportunity now, I think for more opportunities,” Linehan said. Bell will be the change-of-pace option behind Mikel Leshoure once again in Week 14.



Southern-Style Indoor Ribs

Barbecue orthodoxy holds that a rib ain’t a rib without eight hours of sweating in a wood-fired smoker. That’s hard enough to do in midsummer. Come the cold season, forget it. And if you live in an apartment with no outdoor space, it’s never a good time. Or is it? Turns out there’s more than one way to render meat so tender it falls off the bone.



For the Rib Rub (basic):

2 cups dark brown sugar

5 tbsp salt

2 tbsp + 1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp cayenne

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tbsp + 1 tsp ground allspice

2 tbsp chili flakes

3 tbsp dark chili powder

Mix ingredients thoroughly by hand.

Southern-Style Vinegar-Based Sauce:

1 quart cider vinegar
1 yellow onion, julienned
4 jalapeños, julienned
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp tomato paste
4 tsp salt
4 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp black pepper

For maximum flavor, make this sauce 1 to 2 days before use.

For the Ribs

6-8 lbs baby back ribs, 3 racks, about 2 lbs each
Rib rub
Southern-Style Vinegar-Based Sauce



Step 1

One day prior to cooking the ribs, rub them generously with rib rub, stack ribs in a sealed container, and store in the fridge overnight, letting the meat marinate as the rub liquefies.

Step 2

At least 30 minutes before cooking, remove racks from the refrigerator, and allow them to come to room temperature. While you’re waiting, ready the Southern-Style Vinegar-Based Sauce.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place ribs in a pan large enough to lay racks in one layer.

Step 4

Using a brush, apply sauce generously to ribs. Cover the pan with foil or a lid, and cook for 1 hour.

Step 5

Remove ribs from oven, uncover, and mop with more sauce. Re-cover, and cook for another hour. Remove foil from pan, apply more sauce, and cook for 30 minutes more, uncovered.

Step 6

Cook, brushing on more sauce every 10 minutes, until meat pulls away from the bones at the ends.

Step 7

When finished, remove ribs from oven, and season. Serve hot.



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