Each week, a guest picker chooses a quarterback, wide receiver and running back who he or she believes will score big in fantasy that week. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week's guest picker.
Week 2 of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker chooses a quarterback, wide receiver and running back who he or she believes will score big in fantasy that week. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week's guest picker. The guest -- Wild goalie Josh Harding this week -- 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:
JOSH HARDING'S WEEK 2 FANTASY PICKS
QB: Drew Brees, Saints
NFL.com fantasy QB rank: No. 1. Matchup: Panthers
Drew Brees is one of the best QBs in the league and plays for a team that has a very passer-friendly offense. He is a pick this week because New Orleans plays against Carolina, a team that struggles on defense. This game is going to be a shootout.
WR: Andre Johnson, Texans
NFL.com fantasy WR rank: No. 4.
I would have picked Megatron, but was told I couldn't. Oh well. Johnson will have a big game at Jacksonville. He started off the year well and it will continue again this week.
RB: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
NFL.com fantasy RB rank: No. 7.
Picking a running back for my team is an easy decision. I am a huge Dallas Cowboys fan so have to go with DeMarco Murray. He played a big role in the Cowboys win on the road in New York.
QB: Andrew Luck, Colts
NFL.com fantasy QB rank: No. 12. Matchup: Vikings
As former Vikings coach Mike Tice might say, "OK, calm down." We're not purple-bashing here by taking a flier on Luck in Week 2 against the Vikings. All we're saying is that if Blaine Gabbert can put up decent numbers against Minnesota, the rookie No. 1 overall pick could have a nice game.
WR: Wes Welker, Patriots
NFL.com fantasy WR rank: No. 15
Welker only had three catches (and for just 14 yards) in Week 1, but his 122 grabs a season ago give every reason to believe he still will be a major factor in the Tom Brady-led Patriots passing game.
RB: Reggie Bush, Dolphins
NFL.com fantasy RB rank: No. 12
The Dolphins are going to have to force-feed the ball to Bush, who touched it 20 times from scrimmage (14 runs, six catches) in Week 1. We're banking on their top playmaker scoring a touchdown.
|Toronto - LP: A. Loup||4||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: J. Outman||6|
|LA Angels - LP: H. Santiago||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: R. Porcello||2|
|Atlanta - LP: G. Schlosser||3||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. Valverde||4|
|Seattle - LP: T. Wilhelmsen||2||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: M. Dunn||3|
|St. Louis - LP: S. Maness||2||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: R. Soriano||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: Z. Duke||3||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: J. Gomez||2|
|NY Yankees - WP: P. Claiborne||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: H. Bell||1|
|Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes||8||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura||3|
|Cincinnati - WP: H. Bailey||8||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: C. Villanueva||2|
|Chicago WSox - WP: E. Johnson||16||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: R. Ross Jr.||2|
|Houston - LP: B. Peacock||1||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: J. Chavez||4|
|Philadelphia - WP: J. Diekman||10||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: M. Belisle||9|
|San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum||4||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: R. Erlin||3|
|Arizona - LP: J. Collmenter||1||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: J. Wright||4|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Matusz||5||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: E. Mujica||6|
Poll: Can the Wild rally to win its playoff series against Colorado?