RandBall's Week 16 Fantasy Football Challenge

  • Updated: December 18, 2013 - 10:42 PM

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks to pass against the Denver Broncos on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. San Diego won, 27-20. (Kent Nishimura/Colorado Springs Gazette/MCT)

The final week of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker chooses a QB, WR and RB who he or she believes will score big. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week’s guest picker. The guest — reader Jake Wanek, a self-described bogey golfer, marathon runner and pass-first point guard — 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 at their positions by NFL.com.

jake wanek’S WEEK 16 FANTASY PICKS

QB: Philip Rivers, Chargers

NFL.com QB projection: No. 18

Matchup: Raiders

Never been a huge fan of Phil, but after Oakland was shredded last week by Alex Smith, and with the Chargers clinging to their playoff lives, it’s hard to bet against the 2004 Senior Bowl MVP.




RB: Eddie Lacy, Packers

NFL.com RB projection: No. 38

Matchup: Steelers

Slight homer pick on my part, but the fact that the Packers control their own destiny has a lot to do with Lacy. He will be a big part of what they do Sunday at a cold Lambeau Field.


WR: A.J. Green, Bengals

NFL.com WR projection: No. 5

Matchup: Vikings

Green led me to zero playoff appearances in two  fantasy leagues this year, but against a Vikings secondary that has been, well, less than stellar, I’m looking for him to have a big game.


QB: Tony Romo, Cowboys

NFL.com QB projection: No. 14

Matchup: Washington

Even after their meltdown against the Packers, the Cowboys will claim their division with wins over Washington and Philly to end the year. Look for a bounce-back game from Romo.




RB: Frank Gore, 49ers

NFL.com RB projection: No. 15

Matchup: Falcons

Atlanta has been woeful this season, and Gore feasts on bad teams. It seems reasonable to expect somewhere close to 100 yards rushing, plus a score on the ground.


WR: Pierre Garcon, Washington

NFL.com WR projection: No. 24

Matchup: Cowboys

He had his second-highest fantasy output of the season last week playing with backup Kirk Cousins. I’m hoping that chemistry stays the same against the awful Dallas pass D.



Winner: Eric Thompson — Peyton Manning (17.6), Jamaal Charles (51.5), Calvin Johnson (9.8). Total: 78.9.

Loser: Michael Rand — Drew Brees (20.5), Rashad Jennings (22.3), Dez Bryant (21.3). Total: 64.1.

Overall standings: Guest pickers 10-5.

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Cleveland 6
LA Angels 1 Top 7th Inning
Detroit 2
Atlanta 3 Bottom 7th Inning
NY Mets 3
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Miami 1
St. Louis 2 Bottom 6th Inning
Washington 0
Milwaukee 0 Top 7th Inning
Pittsburgh 1
NY Yankees 1 Top 7th Inning
Tampa Bay 0
Minnesota 3 Top 5th Inning
Kansas City 0
Cincinnati 0 Top 4th Inning
Chicago Cubs 0
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Oakland - J. Chavez
Philadelphia - R. Hernandez 3:10 PM
Colorado - J. Nicasio
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Arizona - J. Collmenter 3:10 PM
Los Angeles - J. Beckett
Baltimore - U. Jimenez 6:05 PM
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Dallas 85 FINAL
San Antonio 90
Charlotte 6 1st Qtr 10:28
Miami 2
Washington 6:00 PM
Portland 8:30 PM
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13




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