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.