New England Patriots' Tom Brady throws against the Houston Texans during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles, tries to break free of Arizona Cardinals' Matt Shaughnessy during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 24-21. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dives between Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay and strong safety Will Allen for extra yards during the second half of a game won by the Ravens 22-20 in Baltimore on Thursday, November 28, 2013. (Doug Kapustin/MCT)
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
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Houston Texans' Andre Johnson (80) works to stay inbounds after making a catch as New England Patriots' Aqib Talib (31) looks on during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
RandBall's Week 14 Fantasy Football Challenge
- December 4, 2013 - 9:42 PM
Week 14 of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker chooses QB, WR and RB. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week’s guest picker. The guest — Paul Lambert, aka “Meatsauce” from the Power Trip morning show on KFAN weekdays — will go head-to-head against Star Tribune writer Michael Rand, who is not allowed to pick anyone ranked in the top 10 by NFL.com experts at their respective positions:
paul lambert’S WEEK 14 FANTASY PICKS
QB: Tom Brady, Patriots
NFL.com QB projection: No. 2
One, he is the best looking QB in the league, he’s the starting QB on my fantasy team, and I need him to perform well. (I need the money).
RB: Ray Rice, Ravens
NFL.com RB projection: No. 37
He is on my fantasy team, I’m a huge wild rice soup fan, and he plays the Vikings’ 31st-ranked run defense. (I need to beat my buddy for the second time in two weeks in fantasy).
WR: Victor Cruz, Giants
NFL.com WR projection: No. 50
He is also on my fantasy team, runs really great routes, and hasn’t played well and is due for three touchdowns this week. (I need the money for Christmas gifts).
MICHAEL RAND’s WEEK 14 FANTASY PICKS
QB: Nick Foles, Eagles
NFL.com QB projection: No. 15
Are we making a big enough deal of the fact that Foles has 19 TD passes and zero interceptions this season? That’s amazing, and he’ll keep the roll going against the Lions.
RB: C.J. Spiller, Bills
NFL.com fantasy RB rank: No. 19
He should have a bundle of combined yards rushing and receiving — enough that I won’t even be mad if he doesn’t score a touchdown (though it would sure be nice).
WR: Andre Johnson, Texans
NFL.com WR projection No. 15
Johnson has been feast or famine this season, but I’m banking on a better game than he had his first go-round against the Jaguars. This could be the battle for the No. 1 overall pick.
SCOREBOARD WEEK 13 FANTASY RECAP (USING NFL.COM DEFAULT SCORING METHOD)
Winner: Joe Anderson—Peyton Manning (31.8), Marshawn Lynch (5.7), Calvin Johnson (16.1). Total: 53.6.
Loser: Michael Rand — Josh McCown (22.2), Reggie Bush (22.2), Brandon Marshall (4.5). Total: 48.9.
Overall standings: Guest pickers 9-4.
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