Ahrens’ QB: Tony Romo
Rand’s QB: Tom Brady
Nick Ahrens, RandBall fantasy challenge
Ahrens’ RB: Jamaal Charles
Rand’s RB: Alfred Morris
AHRENS’ WR: Dez Bryant
Rand’s WR: Terrance Williams
RandBall's Week 9 Fantasy Football Challenge
- October 30, 2013 - 7:13 PM
Week 9 of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker chooses a QB, RB and WR. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week’s guest picker. The guest — social media enthusiast and amateur baseball player Nick Ahrens — goes against the Star Tribune’s Michael Rand, who is not allowed to pick anyone projected to score in the top 10 at their positions by NFL.com experts. Rand has lost five weeks in a row, and his season is about as lost as the Vikings’ at this point.
Nick Ahrens’ WEEK 9 FANTASY PICKS
QB: Tony Romo, Cowboys
NFL.com QB projection: No. 2
Couldn’t resist Romo’s matchup this week. I’m expecting Romo to pile on to this nightmare of a Vikings season.
RB: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
NFL.com RB projection: No. 2
He’s been a fantasy monster this year — the No. 1 overall pick if teams were redrafted today. Hoping the trend continues this week against a decent Buffalo defense.
WR: Dez Bryant, Cowboys
NFL.com WR projection: No. 1
Possibly the second best wideout in all of football, with a very juicy matchup this week. Should put up big numbers against the hometown team’s depleted secondary.
MICHAEL RAND’s WEEK 9 FANTASY PICKS
QB: Tom Brady, Patriots
NFL.com QB projection: No. 11
Usually I try to go for an underdog, but Brady is ranked within the rules and I need a win. Who cares if he lacks receivers. Just throw touchdowns.
RB: Alfred Morris, Redskins
NFL.com RB projection: No. 12
Morris hasn’t had any monster games this season, but he’s topped 70 yards rushing in all but one and has scored four touchdowns. I’m just hoping for points on the board at this juncture.
WR: Terrance Williams, Cowboys
NFL.com WR projection: No. 16
See what I did there, Nick? I’m hoping that Williams steals some catches from your tantrum-throwing counterpart and neutralizes Romo’s points. Smart, unless it doesn’t work.
SCOREBOARD WEEK 8 FANTASY RECAP (USING NFL.COM DEFAULT SCORING METHOD)
Winner: Stanley Sanders — Drew Brees (33.2), Adrian Peterson (14.3), Calvin Johnson (36.9). Total: 84.4.
Loser: Michael Rand — Robert Griffin III (4.0), DeAngelo Williams (11.1), Wes Welker (14.1). Total: 29.2.
Overall standings: Guest pickers 6-2.
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