FF Week 9 Stars, Studs, and Duds

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Week 9 is in the books and there is just about a month left in the regular season for FF.  Many of you could already be out of the playoff hunt, but winning 4 in a row could sure help you move up in the standings and possibly knock someone out.  Don’t ever give up and be that team that ignores the lineup and starts players that are injured or on a bye.  Here is a quick recap of week 9′s stars, studs and duds, all pertinent FF injures and a recipe for Carne Asada.

 

Stars:

 

Wow, what a week from Doug “Muscle Hamster” Martin! Martin had a total of 31 yards rushing against the Raiders at halftime and no touchdowns. One half later he had touchdown runs of 45, 67, 70 and 1 yards to go along with 251 yards. That puts his single day rushing tally at 10th all time, 3rd for a rookie, and first for a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. And the combination of 251 yards rushing and four touchdowns has only been done only once before by Mike Anderson, who had the exact same line. Oh, and that was the first time ever that anyone ever ran for three 40+ yard touchdowns in a game. In the last two games Doug has rushed 54 times for 386 yards and 5 touchdowns for 7.1 yards per carry while tacking on 7 receptions for 100 yards and a TD.

 

Another rookie had a great game as well. Andrew Luck broke Cam Newton’s rookie record of 432 yards passing in a game by throwing for 433 yards against Miami on Sunday. He now has 2,404 yards passing at the midway point and four 300+ yard games. Oh, and how about Mikel Leshoure? Mikel, “don’t call me Miquel“, had just one touchdown in the previous five games. So you probably benched him. What did he do? He scored 3 in the first half against the Jags.

 

Studs:

 

All Eric Decker does is catch touchdowns. He had eight receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns. That’s five straight games with a touchdown and back-to-back games with two touchdowns. Matt Forte finished with 148 total yards and a touchdown on just 14 touches. Carson Palmer threw 61 times completing 39 for 414 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. That puts Palmer as the 9th best fantasy quarterback on the season. Isaac Redman had 147 yards rushing and a touchdown marking the third straight 100+ yard rushing game by a Steelers’ running back Then there is the Chicago Bears DST. Two sacks, five turnovers, a blocked punt for a TD and an interception return TD: This was the Bears D’s fourth game of 20-plus fantasy points. Only the Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers even have two such games. Not to be outshine by them all was Adrian Peterson. AP rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on just 17 carries against what was earlier in the season a dominant rush defense in Seattle. Peterson continues to amaze with his dominance after blowing his knee out on Christmas Day last season.

 

Duds:

 

Eli Manning has had four down fantasy games in a row and the past three throwing for less than 200 yards. He is not looking ELIte! Percy Harvin has a gimpy hammy and left with an ankle sprain and that same hamstring problem. Jordy Nelson hurt his ankle and left the game, scoring zero fantasy points. It’s hard to fault either of these two players and call them duds because of injury, but they didn’t help you this week! Speaking of not helping, Dez Bryant had one reception for 15 yards. He was questionable coming in and could have used his extra curfew time last week to heal up. He is a risky play going forward, but you never know with him.

 

NFL injuries week 9

 

Early reports indicate Darren McFadden may have a high-ankle sprain, which would knock him out for several games. However, the Raiders also mentioned to reporters that Run-DMC is “week to week,” which doesn’t jibe with the diagnosis. McFadden is as injury-prone as they come, and his fantasy owners should count on being without him indefinitely. Unfortunately, backup Mike Goodson also suffered an ankle injury Sunday, and it’s not sure how severe it is; Goodson is no more durable a player than McFadden. In their absence, Marcel Reece was Oakland’s feature back, with Taiwan Jones only seeing change-of-pace carries… Jordy Nelson surprisingly was on the field for the start of the Green Bay Packers game, but on a first-quarter red-zone target he rolled up on his right ankle and was in severe pain. He missed the rest of the game and wound up with zero catches. The Pack have a bye in Week 10, so we won’t get clarity on Nelson’s status for a while. Greg Jennings is still out multiple weeks, making James Jones and especially Randall Cobb fantasy starters most weeks… Percy Harvin underwent an MRI on Monday which confirmed he has a sprained ankle. Though the Florida product did play after having his ankle wrapped in Sunday’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, he was far from effective, totaling just 1.40 fantasy points for the day…Antonio Brown initially sounded an alarm when he said that he had a high-ankle sprain, but fortunately he appears to have misdiagnosed himself, and it sounds like he’s got a shot to play next week…Tony Romo strained his back on the last play of Sunday night’s loss to the Falcons. He didn’t sound too worried, but it’s a situation to watch heading into Week 10 … Stevie Johnson (3 rec, 29 yds) was limited after sustaining a thigh injury… Donnie Avery (5 rec, 108 yds) left with a hip injury … Calvin Johnson said that his knee trouble is “something that I expect to linger,” but Megatron had no trouble producing on Sunday (7 rec, 129 yds) … Santana Moss (1 rec, 2 yds) left in the fourth quarter with a possible concussion … Martellus Bennett 3 rec, 40 yds) was seen moving “very gingerly” after Sunday’s game, though no injury had been announced as of Sunday night … Andre Brown left with a shoulder injury … The Packers lost Clay Matthews to a hamstring injury, and RT Bryan Bulaga to a hip injury … Kendall Wright (elbow) had an MRI on Monday but expects to play… According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Cowboys do not expect DeMarco Murray (foot) to play in Week 10. He hasn’t played or practiced since going down in Week 6, nearly a month ago… Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) has been ruled out for Week 10. According to coach Mike Mularkey, MJD is “questionable” for Week 11. Mularkey doesn’t believe his star running back’s season is over, but it’s safe to say he remains out indefinitely.

 

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CARNE ASADA

 

Carne asada is the thinly sliced, grilled beef served so often in tacos and burritos. It is also commonly served as is, with rice and beans on the side. Although almost any cut of beef can be butterflied into thin sheets for the carne asada, typically it is made from flank steak or skirt steak. It can be grilled just with salt and pepper for flavorings, or it can be marinated. The following is a recipe for marinated carne asada.

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

3-4 poundsthinly sliced New York steak or flank steak or skirt steak

marinade:

1/2 bottle Corona Beer

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

1 teaspoon freshly ground cumin seed (best to lightly toast the seeds first, then grind them)

1 large handful fresh cilantro, leaves and stems, finely chopped (great flavor in the stems)

2 limes, juiced

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

PREPARATION:

 

Lay the flank steak in a large non-reactive bowl or baking dish. Combine marinade ingredients and pour the marinade over the steak. Make sure each piece is well coated. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.

Preheat your grill over medium-high flame (you can also use a cast iron grill pan on high heat for stove-top cooking). Brush the grates with a little oil to prevent the meat from sticking. Remove the steak from the marinade. If you are cooking indoors, you may want to brush off excess marinade as the bits may burn and smoke on the hot pan.

Season both sides of the steak pieces with salt and pepper. Grill the pieces for a few minutes only, on each side, depending on how thin they are, until medium rare to well done, to your preference. You may need to work in batches. Remove the steak pieces to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice the steak across the grain on a diagonal.

Serve with warm tortillas. Warm the tortillas for 30 seconds on each side in a dry skillet or on the grill, until toasty and pliable. Alternatively, you can warm tortillas in a microwave: heating just one or two at a time, place tortillas on a paper towel and microwave them for 15 to 20 seconds each on high.

Serve with John’s pico de gallo and chopped avocados.

 

 

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