RandBall's Week 6 Fantasy Football Challenge

  • Updated: October 10, 2013 - 12:12 AM

Week 6 of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker takes aim at the Star Tribune’s Michael Rand. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week’s guest picker. This week’s guest is Tom Linnemann, a former St. John’s quarterback and the latest to answer Rand’s challenge. They will go head-to-head, with the usual caveat: Rand is not allowed to pick anyone ranked in the top 10 in the NFL.com weekly scoring projections by position:

tom linnemann’S WEEK 6 FANTASY PICKS

QB: Tony Romo, Cowboys

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 7

Matchup: Redskins

I’m in Vegas this weekend, so I’ll play the hot hand. With Dallas facing a Washington defense that allows 9.2 yards per pass attempt, Romo should have a field day. Or he’ll implode. Either way it’s fun to watch.

RB: Arian Foster, Texans

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 17

Matchup: Rams

The best way to avoid Matt Schaub’s pick-6s is to give it to Foster every single play. Foster might as well take the snaps directly. Seriously, stay over there, Matt. Shhh. Two touchdowns.

WR: Dez Bryant, Cowboys

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 28

Matchup: Redskins

Double down! If you’re trusting one player to win, go with the “elite player who has allegedly gotten into a fight with Lil’ Wayne” exacta. Sixty percent of the time, it works every time.

MICHAEL RAND’s WEEK 6 FANTASY PICKS

QB: Geno Smith, Jets

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 18

Matchup: Steelers

I’m picking who now?Am I trying to lose? No, this is serious. Geno Smith played well last week in a victory over the Falcons. And I watched the Steelers stumble against the Vikings two weeks ago. I say Smith has a big game.

RB: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 14

Matchup: Redskins

You’re not the only one betting big on Dallas, Tom. I’ll take Murray for some big gains and a couple of scores. A feast-or-famine running back on a feast-or-famine team.

WR: Jerome Simpson

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 19

Matchup: Panthers

The Vikings’ QB on Sunday — whomever it ends up being — has incentive to put up big numbers with Josh Freeman waiting to step in. Jerome Simpson should benefit greatly.

SCOREBOARD WEEK 5 FANTASY RECAP (USING NFL.COM DEFAULT SCORING METHOD)

Winner: Eric Perkins—Peyton Manning (35.8), Reggie Bush (6.9), Eric Decker (12.7). Total: 55.4.

Loser: Michael Rand — Jay Cutler (23.0), Frank Gore (14.1), Kenbrell Thompkins (1.6). Total: 38.7.

Overall standings: Guest pickers 3-2.













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Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta 4
Houston - WP: T. Sipp 5 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Allen 1
San Francisco - WP: T. Hudson 10 FINAL
Washington - LP: D. Fister 3
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 4 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick 5
Chicago WSox - LP: D. Webb 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: D. Robertson 4
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Toronto - LP: M. Stroman 0
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Texas - LP: C. Lewis 3
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Detroit - LP: R. Ray 6 FINAL
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Colorado - LP: F. Morales 5
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NY Jets 24
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Atlanta
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Miami
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Baltimore
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Indianapolis
Minnesota 7:00 PM
Kansas City
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Cleveland
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Denver
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San Francisco
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Arizona
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Tampa Bay
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Connecticut
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Winnipeg 24
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Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
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Calgary
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Atlanta 77
Los Angeles 72 FINAL
Phoenix 75
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