RESULTS: Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 13











- Week 13 Results- 


3 Hits

4 Misses

Season to date: 56-35



Fantasy Football Week 13 Recap


Josh Gordon: Sunday was yet another huge day for Gordon as he carved up Jacksonville for ten catches, 261 yards and two touchdowns. As tempting as it was, no, I didn’t just copy and paste the Josh Gordon blurb from Week 12’s recap. This ridiculous outing comes on the heels of a 14 catch, 237 yard performance last week, giving Gordon 498 receiving yards in two weeks. Have you heard of Dwayne Bowe? Stevie Johnson? Greg Jennings? Well, Josh Gordon has more receiving yards in the last eight days than any of those players do over the entire 2013 season. Gordon is now averaging an astounding 124.9 yards per game this season and has his fantasy owners drooling. New England is up for Gordon and the Browns in Week 14. I wouldn’t want to be a Patriots defensive back right now.

Alshon Jeffery: Just in case you weren’t satisfied with one wide receiver having 200+ receiving yards on Sunday, our pal Alshon served up a healthy stack of fantasy stats himself. Once the overtime period ended in Minnesota, Jeffery was the proud owner of 12 catches, 249 yards and two touchdowns. This was Jeffery’s second 200+ yard effort of the 2013 season in what has proven to be a true breakout campaign. Alshon now has more receiving yards in the last three weeks than he did his entire rookie season, and this beast won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Opposing defenses are often left gasping for air, as they were on Sunday, when faced with the prospect of covering both Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, which will keep these Chicago wide outs pumping out top notch fantasy numbers. Need more good news? Thought so. Chicago faces Dallas’ atrocious secondary in Week 14 so get ready to collect a fantasy playoff victory.

Eric Decker: Oh, you weren’t impressed by Alshon Jeffery’s 249 yards or Josh Gordon’s 261 yards? You’re more of a touchdown kind of person? Eric Decker has you covered. In the third jewel of our Week 13 wide receiver crown, Decker pumped out eight grabs for 174 yards and a cool FOUR pack of touchdowns. The quad touchdown performance equaled Victor Cruz’ and Torrey Smith’s individual touchdown totals for the entire 2013 season. Decker’s 2013 has been a bit of a roller coaster but when you’re a part of Peyton Manning’s offense, you aren’t going anywhere near a fantasy football bench. Let’s see what Decker and Denver do for an encore next week at home against Tennessee.

Lamar Miller: The 2013 season hasn’t been kind to Miller, as he has been the victim of a poor offense line and a baffling timeshare with the far less talented Daniel Thomas. Week 13 was set to be Miller’s breakout, as his backfield mate Danny Thomas was out due to injury. With the Miami backfield finally belonging to Miller, fake footballers were curious to see if they could squeeze any production from their early round fantasy bust. Well, the answer is….sort of. Miller’s final stat total (85 total yards) is respectable, but his 3.3 yards per carry average on 22 carries is far from fantastic. I am willing to chalk this one up to one part tough matchup and one part lousy offensive line. Let’s keep an eye on Miller next week at Pittsburgh.

Nick Foles: For fantasy squads hurting due to Aaron Rodgers or Jay Cutler injuries, or Matt Ryan or Colin Kaepernick ineffectiveness, Nick Foles has been a gem sent from the waiver wire Gods. Foles had another strong effort on Sunday, throwing for 237 yards and three touchdowns. Foles is now averaging 292.3 passing yards over his last four games and has accounted for 14 total touchdowns in that same span. If you have been rolling Foles out as your starting fantasy QB lately, get ready to cash in. St. Nick will be filling up your stocking with mountains of fantasy points in the fake football playoffs, as DET, @MIN, CHI is an awfully generous slate of defenses.

Jonathan Stewart: With DeAngelo Williams out with a quad injury, Stewart was finally in line to get himself a nice chunk of carries for the Carolina Panthers. The touches materialized, however the production did not. J-Stew had 16 touches compared to Fat Mike Tolbert’s 12 but Fat Mike outgained Stewart in yardage 89 to 42. Neither back reached the endzone, as Cam Newton takes care of that in Carolina, but Stewart was far from impressive with his 2.8 yard per carry average. If your fantasy team is still alive and you are starting any of the three Panthers backs, you won’t be around for long.

Shane Vereen: After Stevan Ridley was announced as inactive (fumblitis), New England was left with Vereen, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden to carry the backfield responsibilities at Houston. Bolden ended up the forgotten man as Blount led the team in carries (12) and Vereen led the backs in receptions (5). Vereen had a solid day with 75 total yards and a score but could have piled up an even bigger stack of points if he wasn’t ruled out at the one yard line on a catch and didn’t drop another pass in the end zone. The lesson here is that whether Ridley, Blount, Bolden, Dillon, or Faulk get the carries in New England, Vereen’s workload will not be impacted. He will be a safe RB2 in the fantasy playoffs.

Roddy White: There you are, Roddy! After 12 agonizing weeks of non-production from Roddy White, fantasy owners were surprised to see their early round bust come through with 10 catches on 14 targets for 143 yards in Week 13. By now, he was probably rotting in Fantasy Bench Land (in between Adventure Land and Frontier Land), but it was nice to see some life from old Roddy. White will probably saddle up in WR3 territory for Atlanta’s Week 14 matchup with Green Bay.

Michael Crabtree: In his 2013 debut, Michael Crabtree caught two of four targets for 68 yards on Sunday as San Francisco beat St. It was good to see Crabs back in action, and it will be interesting to see his snap count and target totals over the next few weeks as he is eased back into game shape. If you’ve been stashing Crabtree, leave him on your bench for Week 14’s matchup against Seattle.

Keenan Allen: In his latest impressive rookie performance, Allen caught eight of 10 targets on Sunday for 106 yards as San Diego lost a tough game to Cincinnati. Allen is now averaging over six catches per game since Week 4 and now has racked up five 100+ yard receiving games on the season. Quarterback Philip Rivers will be targeting Allen a ton in the fake football playoffs as the Chargers draw NYG, @DEN, OAK in Weeks 14-16. Keep rolling this rookie out weekly with the utmost confidence.

source: thefakefootball


For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. You never want to concern yourself with what your opponent is doing, just aim to get to this number, hope for more and let the chips fall where they may. To reach this goal you will need (at minimum) 12 points from each of your starting skill positions (over 20 from your QB; more than a few from your kicker and at least 11 from your defense). This is the threshold for the IN/OUT predictions.


Here are the basic league settings that we are basing our predictions on…

QB,2WR,2RB,TE,FLEX (w/r/t), K, DST
TDs=6 pts0 pts allowed=10
passing=25 yds/pt2-6=7
receiving=10 yds/pt7-13=4
rushing=10 yds/pt14-20=1
reception=1 pt21-27=0
blocked kick=5
Return Yds=50 yds/pt


With all that behind us, here are the FANFOOD Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT results for week 13 followed by a recipe for Orange Oregano Maple Smoked Chicken Thighs







Carson Palmer completed 24-of-41 passes for 302 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday’s Week 13 loss at Philadelphia. For the first time in a month, Palmer found himself under heavy pressure all day long (the Eagles finished with five sacks). It resulted in some “old” Carson plays, such as an underthrown pass to a wide open Michael Floyd that got picked and a strip-sack fumble by Trent Cole. But Palmer was effective in the fantasy box score once again as he went over 300 yards for the third straight game and threw multiple TD passes for the fifth straight game. The veteran is now on pace to throw for 4,252 and 25 touchdowns. He’ll be a strong QB2 in a home game against the Rams in Week 14.


Harry Douglas caught six passes for 73 yards in Sunday’s Week 13 win over the Bills. Douglas was very close to a much bigger game. Early on, he appeared to get into the end zone but replays showed his knee was down at the 6-inch line. Later, he broke into the open on a screen pass but barely got tripped up around the Bills’ 20-yard line. And finally, he drew a pass interference call in the end zone that led to a Steven Jackson touchdown. Douglas led the team with a monstrous 15 targets and now has double-digit targets in three straight games. On pace for 88 catches, 1,208 yards and three touchdowns, the slot man will be a fine WR3 against the Packers in Week 14.


Stevan Ridley was inactive for Week 13 against the Texans. As was Aaron Dobson (foot). It’s fairly surprising that Ridley was straight up inactive, but he was never likely to be in for a big role against the Texans after losing his third fumble in three games last week. Passing-down/hurry-up back Shane Vereen figures lead the Patriots’ backfield in touches, while Brandon Bolden operated as the primary “big back” in Ridley’s absence. As for Ridley, that will likely be the only week he’s scratched, but he’s a long way away from reclaiming starting duties.




Rod Streater caught three balls for 57 yards in the Raiders’ Week 13 loss to the Cowboys. Andre Holmes came almost out of nowhere to dominate targets (11) against Oakland, while Streater (4) took a backseat. Streater’s fantasy outlook is fairly bleak the rest of the way. Holmes is getting better, and Denarius Moore (shoulder) figures to return for Week 14 following the ten-day layoff. When the Raiders meet the Jets in Week 14, Streater will be no better than a WR4.


Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 77 yards on 23 carries in Week 13 against the Browns. Jones-Drew did it all Sunday. He caught two passes for four yards and tossed an eight-yard touchdown to Marcedes Lewis. It was MJD’s second career passing attempt; his previous pass was intercepted. On the play, Jones-Drew took a toss right before finding Lewis in the end zone for the easy score. Running-wise, MJD found a couple big holes but was also dropped at or behind the line of scrimmage several times. Jordan Todman pitched in 31 yards on five carries. This has been MJD’s best two-game stretch of the season, but he’s merely a low-end RB2. After 12 games, he’s on pace to rush for 821 yards and six touchdowns on 258 carries. The Jaguars host the Texans on Thursday night.


Greg Jennings caught seven balls for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ Week 13 win over the Bears.
The insertion of Matt Cassel kick-started Jennings, who caught an eight-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone on a wide-open out route in the fourth quarter. Cassel delivered the perfectly thrown pass. Jennings has been a low-upside WR3 in fantasy all season. He’s not going to be a recommended fantasy option against the Ravens’ defense in Week 14.


The Browns’ nightmare continues. With six losses in seven games, Cleveland’s hopeful season has shattered. When they improved to 4-5 following a win over Baltimore, the Browns and their fans dared to consider the possibility of getting back into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. But losses to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville have changed everything. ”We can’t stand losing, it hurts,” said Haden, who fought back tears following the game. ”I go out there and put my heart out there every time. Every time. And we end up coming up short.” Haden took the blame for allowing Shorts to get by him on a double move, but several of his teammates absolved Haden, who earlier had his fourth interception and is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season. “‘Something like that, that’s on the entire defense, that’s not on one man and it would be a crime to put it on one man,” linebacker and captain D’Qwell Jackson said. ”It’s 11 guys out there each and every snap.” The Browns DST only scored about 6 fantasy points as they allowed 30 point, though they had a couple of sacks and a INT.





Orange Oregano Maple Smoked Chicken Thighs


When thinking of cooking over planks, many people think of “Cedar planked Salmon”, and that is a great way to cook fish. But let’s not limit ourselves only to fish

The orange zest paired with fresh oregano over maple smokiness makes for a fragrant, melt in your mouth (yet simple) dish to make that would be suitable for a nice dinner party with guests, or even a weeknight meal.



(2) Maple Grill Planks – soak for 30 minutes before use
4 chicken thighs
3 zest of 2 oranges
1 large bunch of oregano, leaves removed from stems
2 heaping teaspoons fresh ground black pepper (I used smoked pepper)
2 heaping teaspoons sea salt (I used smoked sea salt)
2 heaping teaspoons smoked paprika (if you don’t have smoked paprika you can use regular paprika but Smoked paprika makes a huge difference)
1. 5 tablespoons olive oil




Preheat your grill to 350 degrees and create a direct and indirect cooking zone. Make sure to soak your grilling planks for at least 30 minutes before using them. Next, rinse your chicken and then pat it dry.

Combine the olive oil, sea salt, pepper and smoked paprika in a small bowl to form a seasoning paste. Next, slide your finger under the chicken skin

Next, coat the chicken under and over the skin, working the paste onto all 4 pieces of chicken. Place 2 thighs on each maple grilling plank (if you can’t find maple, I think cherry, hickory or other woods would work too). Place the planks on indirect heat of a medium/hot grill and let cook for 25-30 minutes or until an internal read thermometer (like the ThermaPen, my favorite) reads 170 degrees ( a few degrees under is okay). Let rest under foil for 10 minutes, and serve with your favorite side.



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