Pickups of the week

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If you were fortunate enough to make it to the next round of your FF league playoffs, here are three pickups for you to consider starting this week followed by a cool recipe for a ham Florentine wreath that is as easy to make as it is to look at.

 

 

 

 

Most likely your team is set, and if you have to replace your starting QB or RB you are in serious trouble. The bottom line that you need to score more points than your opponent, so why not give them a try if you are in dire straits.

 

 

FF Pickups of the Week

 

David Wilson

Relegated to the bench early in the season due to a case of butterfingers, Wilson lost his spot on the depth chart to Andre Brown and was viewed as just a return specialist. And though he leads the league in kick return yardage, he had no clear path to fantasy relevance. Then Brown suffered a season-ending injury. Then Ahmad Bradshaw got banged up. And then, suddenly, David Wilson had re-written the Giants’ single-game record for all-purpose yardage. He dominated last week and could do so again this week against an Atlanta team that gives up 4.9 yards per carry on the ground. Keep an eye on New York’s injury updates this week and get ready to plug Wilson into your lineup if it looks like Bradshaw is anything less than 100 per cent healthy.

 

Nick Foles

Foles is the opposite of Michael Vick. He is not fast or very athletic, but since taking over at QB five weeks ago, Foles has committed a total of four turnovers — none of which have come in the past three games. He’s improved steadily in his short stint as starter and last week delivered a fantasy gem: 381 passing yards, two touchdowns by air, one by ground, zero picks, zero fumbles. Vick has been unofficially shut down for the season so that Eagles brass can take a closer look at their young up-and-coming pivot. They like what they’ve seen so far. Teams with Bobby Tre as their QB1 might want to give him a tryout if their athletic QB can’t make it back from his injury this week.

 

Detroit Lions DST

Let’s face it, the Arizona Cardinals are simply a bad football team right now. They turned back to John Skelton in Week 14, but that just didn’t last long. That’s what happens when you throw four interceptions in your 22 pass attempts. The Cardinals ultimately turned the ball over eight times en route to being shut out. Their best player, Larry Fitzgerald, has two catches for 25 yards over the past two weeks, has caught exactly one pass in three of his past four games (and hasn’t topped 31 yards in that span) and has four touchdowns on the season. They have no viable NFL quarterback. Beanie Wells has rushed for 40 yards on 21 carries over the past two weeks.

“Let me start by saying I apologize to our fans and everybody associated with our organization,” Cardinal Coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters, via the Cardinals’ official website. “That was embarrassing today.” A reporter asked Whisenhunt who will start at quarterback next week against the Detroit Lions.

Replied the coach: “Do you play?”

In other words, no matter who they were facing, the Cardinals represent a favorable matchup. As it is, the Lions defense does have potential with 30 sacks and 10 interceptions on the season. It really is just too good of a matchup to not gamble on.

 

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Ham Florentine Wreath

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent rolls
8 ounces thickly sliced deli ham, diced
1/4 cup green onions with tops, thinly sliced
5 ounces Swiss cheese, grated (1 1/4 cups)
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 egg, separated
1/4 cup almonds, chopped

 

PREPARATION:

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Unroll crescents into 16 triangles. With wide end toward center arrange 8 triangles in circle. Arrange
remaining 8 triangles in center matching wide ends. Seal seams. Mix ham, green onions, 1 cup cheese,
spinach, mayonnaise and black pepper. Scoop filling over seams of dough forming circle. Arrange
tomatoes in overlapping circular pattern over filling. Top with remaining cheese. Lift corners of dough over
filling one at a time slightly overlapping to form wreath. Beat egg white lightly; brush over dough. Sprinkle
almonds over wreath. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

 

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