New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes from the end zone in the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning picks up yardage during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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Guest picker

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Michael Rand

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ran up the middle for a 4-yard touchdown after making contact with safety Louis Delmas at the goal line in the second quarter. ] Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions - Ford Field MCKENNA EWEN · Detroit, MI - 09/08/2013

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey (43) runs during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 in Tampa, Fla.. The Buccaneers beat the Falcons 41-28. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs after a catch during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. The Steelers won 37-27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) catches a pass during NFL football practice in East Rutherford, N.J., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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Week 12: RandBall Fantasy Football Challenge

  • November 20, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Week 12 of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker chooses a QB, WR and RB who he or she believes will score big in fantasy that week. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week’s guest picker. The guest — Myron Bennett, manager of the Hadley Buttermakers amateur baseball team — will go head-to-head against Star Tribune writer Michael Rand, who is not allowed to pick anyone projected in the top 10 by experts at their respective positions:

myron bennett’S WEEK 12 FANTASY PICKS

QB: Drew Brees, Saints QB projection: No. 1

Matchup: Falcons

Brees seems like a good pick this week. He’s playing against a two-win Atlanta team that allowed 41 points and 400-plus yards to Tampa Bay.



RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings RB projection: No. 1

Matchup: Packers

AP is due for a breakout big game. He has had some big games at Lambeau. SKOL Vikess!



WR: Antonio Brown, Steelers WR projection: No. 36

Matchup: Browns

Coming off a big game against Detroit, Brown and Big Ben should have their way with Cleveland. Brown has been consistent, and the Steelers need a win.


QB: Eli Manning, Giants QB projection: No. 12

Matchup: Cowboys

Manning has put up pedestrian passing numbers this season except for Week 1 against Dallas when he threw for 450 yards and four TDs. That would satisfy me this week, too.


RB: Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers RB projection: No. 12

Matchup: Lions

He was the breakout star last week, rushing for 163 yards and scoring three combined touchdowns. Even if he has half the yards and one TD, I’ll take it.


WR: Victor Cruz, Giants WR projection: No. 13

Matchup: Cowboys

I’m doubling down on Giants who had big games against Dallas in Week 1. Cruz caught three of those Manning TD passes. Dallas can’t stop anyone. Have to like those odds.



Winner: Matt Lechner — Nick Foles (22.6), Andre Brown (9.3), Pierre Garcon (7.7). Total: 39.6.

Loser: Michael Rand — Andrew Luck (18.4), Eddie Lacy (10.8), A.J. Green (0.7). Total: 29.9.

Overall standings: Guest pickers 7-4.


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