RandBall's Week 7 fantasy football challenge

  • Updated: October 17, 2013 - 12:26 AM

Week 7 of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker chooses a QB, RB and WR who he or she believes will score big in fantasy. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week’s guest picker. The guest — reader Bryan Osmonson of Coon Rapids, who e-mailed with a plea to play — will go head-to-head against Star Tribune writer Michael Rand, who is not allowed to pick anyone projected to score in the top 10 by NFL.com experts at their respective positions:

Bryan Osmonson’S WEEK 7 FANTASY PICKS

QB: Peyton Manning, Broncos

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 3

Matchup: Colts

Peyton rules during homecoming week in Indianapolis and is sure to put up big numbers. He also will be fueled by a crowd that will cheer louder for him than they will for Andrew Luck on Sunday.

 

 

 

RB: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 2

Matchup: Texans

The most consistent running back week in and week out, Jamaal is guaranteed to please. Combined with the disappearance of Dwayne Bowe from the passing game, Jamaal is the show.

 

WR: Jordy Nelson, Packers

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 4.

Matchup: Browns

An easy pick with the Packers receiving corps banged up. Combined with Cleveland’s stout run defense, the Packers need to throw all day. Picking a Packer is painful and I deserve to lose this week.

MICHAEL RAND’s WEEK 7 FANTASY PICKS

QB: Colin Kaepernick, 49ers

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 15

Matchup: Titans

His numbers have been pedestrian since a monster game in Week 1, but I’m playing a hunch here that Kaepernick breaks out against the Titans and racks up a bunch of points.

 

 

 

RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 22

Matchup: Giants

That is not a misprint. Peterson is projected to score the 22nd-most fantasy points of all running backs this week. I don’t make the rules, I just follow them. (OK, I actually make the rules, too.)

 

WR: Victor Cruz, Giants

NFL.com fantasy projection: No. 13

Matchup: Vikings

No offense to the Vikings’ defensive backs, but, um, this feels like stealing points. Teams have passed on Minnesota all season — including 13 TDs through the air in just five games.

SCOREBOARD WEEK 6 FANTASY RECAP (USING NFL.COM DEFAULT SCORING METHOD)

Winner: Tom Linnemann — Tony Romo (8.8), Arian Foster (19.8), Dez Bryant (3.6). Total: 32.2.

Loser: Michael Rand — Geno Smith (4.8), DeMarco Murray (11.0), Jerome Simpson (3.0). Total: 18.8.

Overall standings: Guest pickers 4-2.











 

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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 3 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 87 FINAL
Boston 100
Brooklyn 100 FINAL
New York 98
Chicago 91 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Dallas 135 FINAL
Oklahoma City 131
Sacramento 111 FINAL
Houston 115
Toronto 113 FINAL
Minnesota 99
Denver 84 FINAL
Utah 98
LA Clippers 126 FINAL
Portland 122
New Orleans 113 FINAL
LA Lakers 92
Toronto 3 FINAL
Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 1 FINAL
Anaheim 5
Colorado 1 FINAL
San Jose 5
Loyola-Chicago 63 FINAL
ULM 62
UCLA 69 FINAL
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66
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2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
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
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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