RESULTS: Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 3











- Week 3 Results- 


4 Hits

3 Misses

Season to date: 12-9


Week 3 was an odd one for fantasy football with the normal being abnormal and the abnormal being Jake Locker, Geno Smith and Brian Hoyer. A ton of injuries occurred, but we pick up the pieces and move on.  Here are the injuries from week 3.

C.J. Spiller left an already disappointing game for his fantasy owners with a knee injury in the third quarter. Coach Doug Marrone did not give any details regarding the severity of the injury, just saying he will be reevaluated. Fred Jackson is a must grab if he’s still on any waiver wires, especially until the extent of Spiller’s injury is known.

Andre Johnson was kneed in the lower leg in the second quarter. The X-rays came back negative, but he wasn’t close to 100% when he came back into the game. Johnson will have an MRI to get a better look at the extent of the injury. DeAndre Hopkins would get a big boost if he misses any time.

Chris Ivory suffered a hamstring injury while his counterpart Bilal Powell ran 29 times for 149 yards. The Bills of course have a weak run defense, but Powell will continue to run with the lead back job, especially considering Ivory’s history with his hamstring and the time it took him to get right again.

Rams running back Daryl Richardson had his foot in a boot Wednesday, but was able to practice Thursday and Friday. Unfortunately on the first play of the game he had his injury reaggravated after someone stepped on his foot. The extent of the injury is unknown, but if he can’t go it looks like Isaiah Pead will see the most looks at running back, especially with the Rams defense keeping them in pass first mode.

Miles Austin tweaked his long-troubling hamstring once again. It doesn’t sound too bad, as the team is downplaying the severity, but Austin’s history with his hamstring makes this a disturbing development. Dwayne Harris seems like the best player to fill his position if he is out, but Terrance Williams is actually seeing more snaps than Harris.

Vincent Jackson left Sunday’s game with a rib injury. If the injury turns out to keep him from playing, Mike Williams gets a bump, but with the way Josh Freeman has been playing there’s not much upside in that passing game.

James Starks left the game before halftime with a knee injury and Johnathan Franklin took over for him and played well until a critical fumble. The Packers have a bye week coming up so Eddie Lacy should be back as the lead runner.
Other Injury Notes:

Jermichael Finley suffered a concussion early in the Bengals’ game. The bye week will give him an extra week for recovery. . . . T.Y. Hilton seemed to be managing his groin injury and ran as the clear #3 wide receiver behind Darrius Heyward-Bey once again. . . . Jordan Reed was going to be a big part of Washington’s game plan with Fred Davis out, but he took a helmet to his quad and had to leave the game. . . . Lead blocker Henry Hynoski fractured his shoulder. It’s another tough blow for the reeling Giants. . . . Patrick Willis left Week 3’s game with a groin injury. . . . Shaun Draughn, who was serving as Bernard Pierce’s backup, left the game with a high ankle sprain. . . . Detroit Lions defensive lineman Jason Jones suffered a ruptured patella tendon and is done for the season. . . . Linebacker Clay Matthews left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. . . . Charles Tillman left Sunday night’s game with a groin injury. He has also been dealing with a knee injury. . . . Tillman’s defensive teammate Henry Melton also left the game with a left knee injury.

An off the field injury happened early this morning as Nate Burleson broke his arm in two places during an early Tuesday morning car accident. Burleson was driving home after watching Monday Night Football with teammates when he was in a single-car wreck. Other than the arm, he’s doing fine and police confirmed alcohol was not involved. We don’t have a timetable yet, but fractured bones typically take 4-6 weeks to heal. Burleson is undergoing surgery Tuesday, suggesting the recovery period could be even longer. It’s a huge blow to the Lions as their veteran ranked 21st in the NFL in receiving yards (239) and was tied for 11th in catches (19)

source: rotoworld


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 staring 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 3 followed by a recipe for Homemade Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce.








Greg Jennings had three catches for 43 yards in Sunday’s week 3 loss to the Browns. Jennings was targeted six times in the passing game and was shut down by Joe Haden for most of the game. He continues to be limited by Christian Ponder’s inability to throw downfield, and has just 11 receptions for 160 yards through three games. Jennings was unable to come down with his only red-zone target at end of the first half and has yet to score a touchdown this season. We recommended you bench him and was right on the money.


Another WR we thought you should bench was Roddy White, who played on a season-high 47-of-66 snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. White was still mostly a decoy, recording just two catches for 16 yards on four targets. But perhaps he’s starting to get a little healthier. In a best-case scenario, White will get more involved in the gameplan for Week 4 and 5 and then use the Week 6 bye to get to 100 percent.


To continue the theme of good bench picks, we told you to sit your 1st round pick in Trent Richardson. It was a good move as he rushed 13 times for just 35 yards in his Colts debut, a week 3 win over the 49ers. Richardson’s first carry as a Colt was a one-yard touchdown to cap off Indy’s opening drive, but he had an otherwise quiet afternoon as Ahmad Bradshaw went off for 19/95/1. Richardson’s last touch came with 7:51 remaining, as the Colts let Bradshaw kill the clock. T-Rich had just two practices to learn the Colts offense.


The New York Jets overcame a team-record 20 penalties and hung on to beat the Buffalo Bills 27-20 on Sunday. Buffalo came in having allowed just one sack in its first two games. New York nearly looked like the old “Sack Exchange” on Sunday, taking Manuel down eight times, including two sacks by Muhammad Wilkerson. It was the most sacks the Jets had in a game since they sacked the Giants’ Phil Simms eight times in 1988. Calvin Pace lead the way as he picked up 8 tackles, including 1 sacks. He pressured EJ Manuel all day, picking up 2 QB hits. With the sacks, the Jets DST got you more than the 11 points you could have hoped for.





We told you to start Knowshon Moreno, and he rushed for just 39 yards on 12 carries in Monday night’s week 3 win over the Raiders. Moreno was targeted twice in the passing game, securing one pass for six yards and dropping the other. He started the game, as expected, but both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman got plenty of run as the Broncos were up comfortably. The end snap count will end up looking pretty even. Early in the final frame, Hillman broke off a 19-yard run to the 1-yard line. The Broncos proceeded to take a timeout. During that break in the action, Hillman says he took on Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball in rock, paper, scissors to see who would get the touchdown. Hillman chose rock, while Ball and Moreno went with scissors. “We were just messing around on the sideline,” Hillman said. “Just something to do. Have fun. … Luckily I won, so it all worked out.” This is something to monitor closely as the Broncos deploy the dreaded RBBC.


Chris Givens followed up his monster game catching just two passes for 54 yards in Sunday’s week 3 loss to Dallas.
Givens led the team with his eight targets, but the Rams offense was downright pitiful all afternoon. Sam Bradford rarely takes shots down field, and OC Brian Schottenheimer’s play calling is as vanilla as it gets. This was a missed IN pick.


Another missed IN pick was Coby Fleener, as he caught just two passes for 13 yards in Indianapolis’ week 3 win over the 49ers. Seemingly in line for a bigger role after the Colts lost Dwayne Allen for the season, Fleener instead drew only two targets. It was a product of Indy’s game plan, which called for running the ball down San Francisco’s throat. Fleener is not yet an asset as a run blocker, which could throw a wrench into his quest for TE1 value. The Colts have made it clear they’re going to run early and often this season.






Homemade Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce



1 medium onion, finely chopped or shredded
2 pounds ground lamb
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried marjoram
1 tablespoon dried ground rosemary
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Tzatziki Sauce, recipe follows



Process the onion in a food processor for 10 to 15 seconds and turn out into the center of a tea towel.
Gather up the ends of the towel and squeeze until almost all of the juice is removed. Discard juice.

Return the onion to the food processor and add the lamb, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, salt, and pepper and process until it is a fine paste, approximately 1 minute.
Stop the processor as needed to scrape down sides of bowl.

To cook in the oven as a meatloaf, proceed as follows:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Place the mixture into a loaf pan, making sure to press into the sides of the pan.
Place the loaf pan into a water bath and bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until the mixture reaches 165 to 170 degrees F. Remove from the oven and drain off any fat. Place the loaf pan on a cooling rack and place a brick wrapped in aluminum foil directly on the surface of the meat and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees F. Slice and serve on pita bread with tzatziki sauce, chopped onion, tomatoes and feta cheese.

To cook on a rotisserie, proceed as follows:

Form the meat mixture into a loaf shape and place on top of 2 overlapping pieces of plastic wrap that are at least 18 inches long.
Roll the mixture in the plastic wrap tightly, making sure to remove any air pockets.
Once the meat is completely rolled in the wrap, twist the ends of the plastic wrap until the surface of the wrap is tight.
Store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to overnight, to allow the mixture to firm up.

Preheat the grill to high.

Place the meat onto the rotisserie skewer.
Place a double-thick piece of aluminum foil folded into a tray directly under the meat to catch any drippings.
Cook on high for 15 minutes.
Decrease the heat to medium and continue to cook for another 20 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165 degrees F. Turn off the heat and allow to continue to spin for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees.
Slice and serve on pita bread with tzatziki sauce, chopped onion, tomatoes, and feta cheese.


Tzatziki Sauce:


16 ounces plain yogurt
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
Pinch kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
5 to 6 mint leaves, finely minced



Place the yogurt in a tea towel, gather up the edges, suspend over a bowl, and drain for 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Place the chopped cucumber in a tea towel and squeeze to remove the liquid; discard liquid.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the drained yogurt, cucumber, salt, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and mint.
Serve as a sauce for gyros.

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.



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