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RandBall's Fantasy Football Challenge, Week 11

  • November 13, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Week 11 of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker chooses a QB, WR and RB. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week’s guest picker. The guest — Matt Lechner, a former TV news executive producer turned digital marketing strategist who spent three summers as a Vikings ball boy — will go head-to-head against Star Tribune writer Michael Rand, who is not allowed to pick anyone projected to score in the top 10 by experts at their respective positions:


QB: Nick Foles, Eagles QB projection: No. 11

Matchup: Washington

Ten touchdown passes in the past two weeks and he’s facing a Washington defense that Christian Ponder just torched — sign me up!





RB: Andre Brown, Giants RB projection: No. 8

Matchup: Packers

Brown’s impressive 115 yards and one touchdown performance last week has me sold. I’ll take him against a Packers defense that has yielded 375 rushing yards the past two weeks.


WR: Pierre Garcon, Washington WR projection: No. 3

Matchup: Eagles

Garcon faces a Philadelphia defense that is statistically worse than the Vikings. Also, Garcon wasn’t arrested this week and he’s totaled 291 receiving yards the past two weeks, which is nice.


QB: Andrew Luck, Colts QB projection: No. 17

Matchup: Titans

Luck threw three interceptions against the Rams in a shocking 38-8 loss last week. I say he gets redemption, and then some, this week.





RB: Eddie Lacy, Packers RB projection: No. 16

Matchup: Giants

If Mike McCarthy is smart, the game plan this week will involve as many handoffs to Lacy as humanly possible. Without Aaron Rodgers, this is the Packers’ best chance.


WR: A.J. Green, Bengals WR projection: No. 11

Matchup: Browns

Green has gone over 100 yards each of the past five games. I’m betting he’ll make it six in a row against Cleveland, and that he’ll add a TD catch as well.


Winner: Michael Rand — Christian Ponder (14.3), Zac Stacy (12.8), Calvin Johnson (20.3). Total: 47.4.

Loser: Jeremy Biermaier — Philip Rivers (13.4), Matt Forte (4.9), Victor Cruz (3.7). Total: 22.0.

Overall standings: Guest pickers 6-4.


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