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 — WCCO’s Jason DeRusha, who probably loves food more than football — 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 his position this week by NFL.com:


QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers

NFL.com QB projection: No. 4

Matchup: Washington


My friend Mark Rosen told me to pick Rodgers, and he told me to tell all of you he’s a closet Green Bay Packers fan.




RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings

NFL.com projection: No. 7

Matchup: Bears

I expect AP to score all the touchdowns. He’s going to have a monster week. Plus I love the Vikings more than Rosen.



WR: Brandon Marshall, Bears

NFL.com projection: No. 3

Matchup: Vikings

My morning co-anchor Jamie Yuccas is impressed with Marshall’s 4.52 40-yard dash time, and told me he’s a no-brainer fantasy pick.


QB: Eli Manning, Giants

NFL.com projection: No. 18

Matchup: Broncos


Let’s get this straight:Eli Manning is going against big brother Peyton and someone expects him to have an average game? Please. This will be a shootout, and both Mannings will prosper.



RB: Ray Rice, Ravens

NFL.com projection: No. 16

Matchup: Browns

Baltimore was routed in its opener by Denver, but the Ravens and Rice should find Cleveland far more to their liking. He tops 100 yards and gets in the end zone.


WR: Jordy Nelson, Packers

NFL.com projection: No. 19

Matchup: Washington

I’m trying to poach some of your points, DeRusha, by hoping that a couple of Rodgers’ TD passes go to Nelson. I can see why Rosen loves the Pack so much. Nelson made a sweet catch last week.


Winner: Michael Rand—QB Matthew Stafford (20.5), RB DeMarco Murray (12.5), WR Reggie Wayne (15.6). Total: 48.6.

Loser: Kristin Lodermeier— QB Matt Ryan (19.4), RB Alfred Morris (9.4), WR Dez Bryant (2.2). Total: 31.0.

Overall standings: Guest pickers 0-1.