Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks
     2013-08-29      By Tim Barr    Timbarr@geringcitizen.com
I actually have a business card. Sweet mother of all soup moms!
I am not a NFL star but I can be jealous and judge. Preseason has one week left. ONE. I still would like teams for fantasy football league. I expanded the league and have owners from across the country. fantasyfootball@geringcitizen.com. Jump in quick. Slackers slack.

This next week is the biggest draft week ever. Drafts are put off because for some unsaintly reason, preseason is being watched more. I understand why and after last night’s viewing of Broncos and Rams, it confuses the Manning out of me.

QB—Manning killed it last week and look at Bradford. Bradford is punching the ball into receivers. The NFC West is the toughest division in football. Other than a few bonehead plays by the Arizona Cardinals…the NFC west is tough. Manning had numbers in a preseason game only adding to his legacy. So week before big drafts, Manning, Ryan and Rodgers. Dark horse is Bradford.

RB—Foster is dropping. Peterson is AP. Rising is Forte. I still am hesitant about Forte but you look to get several good weeks this year and as long as Cutler keeps looking like Lady Gaga for Chicago, he is handing the ball off. Dark horse is Eddie Lacy from Green Bay.
Lacy looks pretty but can he last? Oh and by the way, Ray Rice. Got to say Ray Rice or I will be sleeping on the couch.

WR—Bryant scores. Thomas scores. Cobb with Green Bay is a great pick and one can probably draft Cobb in third or fourth round. I will tell you what though save these WR’s for farther down the draft. They will produce this year and allow you to bolster your team early. Thompkins from New England, Collie from San Francisco and Decker from Denver are all solid and rising.

TE—Sudfels with the Patriots is getting all the hype right now. Cute pick but don’t really trust it yet. Cook with the Rams is a good late round pick. Gonzalez with Atlanta is looking to end his already historic career with maybe a ring. But look at the Bengal TE’s. Cincy will have the best one two punch here.

D/ST—Bears, Bengals and Steelers are all gaining ground. The key is looking closer at the Special Teams component. Nice to post a shutout but nicer to have a 75 yard punt return for six. The Steelers lost a lot of names this year but picked up some younger players sure to excite and help keep the Terrible Towels spinning.

Flex—I promised a cooking tip this week. You will get one. Imagine cooking without salt or pepper. Horrible thought. I had to do it for awhile and cried on my wee pillow every night. The flex position is the ingredient that holds the team together and gives it kick. Take a risk always when drafting the extra WR or RB. This week try Bernard from the Bengals or Hilton from Indy.

K—Zuerlein from St. Louis. Over and done. I will draft him every day I can. Ridiculous leg on him. If I have to choose another, Walsh from Minnesota would be a solid last pick.
Tailgating awaits. Licking the sweet sauce of success from your fingertips is the reward after grilling or smoking ribs all day. However, this is a tasty treat for guests.

Armadillo Eggs
1/2 lb Monterrey jack cheese
1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 lb hot pork sausage
1 1/2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1 egg
1 package shake ‘n bake pork seasoning
20 -30 whole jalapeno peppers, fresh, bottled or canned.
Directions:
1. Slice peppers in half lengthwise and scrape out all the seeds (wear gloves).
2. Shred the cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese.
3. Try to keep both halves near each other as you have to put them back together later.
4. Mix Bisquick, raw sausage and cheddar cheese.
5. Stuff each pepper with Monterrey Jack cheese and put the halves back together.
6. Grab a handful of Bisquick mixture and mold around pepper in shape of elongated egg.
7. Use enough to cover pepper well.
8. Dip armadillo egg in beaten egg and roll in Shake’n Bake.
9. Bake on broiler pan (can use cookie sheet) at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until crisp.

Enjoy! Kickoff is close.

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