Fantasy football challenge: Former Wolves arena host Mike Rylander

  • Updated: November 7, 2012 - 10:46 PM
The Star Tribune's Michael Rand welcomes guest picker Mike Rylander -- former arena host for the Timberwolves, current Clippers host and future (he hopes) leading man in a Wally Szczerbiak biopic -- for this week's fantasy picks. Rylander, a big Vikings fan who roots for the purple from L.A. these days, was allowed to choose any quarterback, wide receiver and running back except for those taken by last week's guest. Rand was not allowed to pick anyone in the top 10 at his position in terms of fantasy default scoring.


QB: Tom Brady, Patriots QB scoring rank: No. 4. Matchup: Bills

Equation: One of the highest-ranked fantasy QBs in the NFL (+) 31st-ranked defense in the NFL (x) at home = NO BRAINER.

WR: A.J. Green, Bengals WR scoring rank: No. 1

Matchup: Giants

Life's guarantees: Death, taxes and A.J. Green scoring a touchdown in a 2012 NFL game. The streak continues against the Giants' 26th-ranked pass defense.

RB: Ray Rice, Ravens RB scoring rank: No. 4

Matchup: Raiders

At home against an Oakland Raiders team giving up 28.6 points and 124 rushing yards per game? Easy like Sunday morning.


QB: Andy Dalton, Bengals QB scoring rank: No. 14. Matchup: Giants

It could turn into a shootout against the Giants. If so, I'll be poised to reap the rewards of Dalton's arm -- particularly if he can somehow spread his throws to receivers other than Green. WR: Julio Jones, Falcons WR scoring rank: No. 11. Matchup: Saints

We know by now that the Saints pass defense is awful. We also know by now that Jones is really starting to emerge, with back-to-back 100-yard games coming into this one.

RB: Reggie Bush, Dolphins RB scoring rank: No. 16. Matchup: Titans

Those who have Bush on their fantasy roster know he has been a no-show in plenty of games lately. But he is poised to go off against a leaky Titans run defense.

SCOREBOARD Week 9 fantasy recap (using default scoring method)

Winner: Derrick Williams -- Cam Newton (21.7), Calvin Johnson (12.9), Arian Foster (17.1). Total: 51.7

Loser: Michael Rand -- Joe Flacco (12.2), Eric Decker (21.9), LeSean McCoy (13.3). Total: 47.4

Overall standings: Guest pickers 5-4.

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Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 2 Bottom 7th Inning
Baltimore 1
Detroit 66 4th Qtr 9:07
Charlotte 78
Philadelphia 67 4th Qtr 10:42
Washington 95
San Antonio 91 4th Qtr 7:31
Orlando 72
Indiana 46 3rd Qtr 7:25
Boston 59
Brooklyn 58 3rd Qtr
New York 53
Chicago 36 2nd Qtr 5:12
Milwaukee 35
Dallas 49 2nd Qtr 5:55
Oklahoma City 44
Sacramento 39 2nd Qtr 6:39
Houston 48
Toronto 50 2nd Qtr 4:10
Minnesota 37
Denver 8:00 PM
LA Clippers 9:00 PM
New Orleans 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Toronto 2 2nd Prd 8:45
Buffalo 1
Philadelphia 1 2nd Prd
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 9:00 PM
Colorado 9:30 PM
San Jose
Loyola-Chicago 33 1st Half
ULM 33
Michigan 65
Temple 53 1st OT
West Virginia 53
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Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
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Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
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Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
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