Guest picker’s QB
Michael Rand’s QB
Guest picker’s RB
Michael Rand’s RB
Guest picker’s WR
Michael Rand’s WR
Week 3 RandBall Fantasy Football Challenge
- September 18, 2013 - 10:43 PM
Week 3 of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker chooses a quarterback, wide receiver and running back. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week’s guest picker. The guest — reader Peter Osborn, who lives in Minneapolis and enjoys chicken wings and pro wrestling in addition to fantasy football — will go head-to-head against Star Tribune writer Michael Rand, who is not allowed to pick anyone projected in the top 10 by NFL.com experts at their respective positions:
peter osborn’S WEEK 3 FANTASY PICKS
QB: Peyton Manning, Broncos
NFL.com QB projection: No. 4
I picked Peyton for fairly obvious reasons. He’s a passing savant.
RB: Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
NFL.com fantasy RB projection: No. 15
Marshawn is playing the Jags at home, which would be horrible for any Jacksonville fan, if they actually existed.
WR: Calvin Johnson, Lions
NFL.com fantasy WR projection: No. 3
Calvin Johnson is an absolute stud who should produce provided he doesn’t get hurt by Ndamukong Suh in practice this week.
MICHAEL RAND’s WEEK 3 FANTASY PICKS
QB: Cam Newton, Panthers
NFL.com QB projection: No. 20
The reeling Giants have given up 77 points in two games and opposing QBs have a 97.6 passer rating. That’s enough for me to take a chance with Cam Newton, looking for a breakout game.
RB: Matt Forte, Bears
NFL.com fantasy RB projection: No. 13
Anyone who watched the Steelers play Monday night had suspicions confirmed: This is an awful team. I expect Forte to have his way, both running it and catching it out of the backfield.
WR: A.J. Green, Bengals
NFL.com fantasy WR projection: No. 13
This is not a misprint. Green is the No. 13-ranked fantasy receiver this week, according to NFL.com rules I have set up. I will take this as a gift and presume he produces vs. the leaky Green Bay D.
SCOREBOARD WEEK 2 FANTASY RECAP (USING NFL.COM DEFAULT SCORING METHOD)
Winner: Jason DeRusha— Aaron Rodgers (34.9), Adrian Peterson (8.7), Brandon Marshall (17.3). Total: 60.9.
Loser: Michael Rand — Eli Manning (10.5), Ray Rice (2.5), Jordy Nelson (18.6). Total: 31.6.
Overall standings: Guest pickers 1-1.
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