Week 10 of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker chooses a QB, RB and WR. The only players off-limits are those selected by the previous week’s guest picker. The guest — Twins closer Glen Perkins, who won this challenge the first time he played in 2012 and is feeling good about his chances in the rematch — 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:


QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers

NFL.com QB projection: No. 1

Matchup: Lions

This should be fairly obvious. He had a rough week last week, and he’s got the Lions at home. Also, this challenge wouldn’t be complete without trolling @randballsstu (who writes a satirical guest post on the Packers on the RandBall blog).



RB: DeAngelo Williams, Steelers

NFL.com RB projection: No. 23

Matchup: Browns

I’m gonna go with DeAngelo Williams. He’s a good runner with a recovering quarterback against the worst run defense in the game.



WR: Randall Cobb, Packers

NFL.com WR projection: No. 5

Matchup: Lions

Randall Cobb is my pick here. I’d say 100 yards and two touchdown catches from A-Rod will seal the deal for me and continue this increasingly lost season of fantasy football for Mike Rand.


QB: Andy Dalton, Bengals

NFL.com QB projection: No. 11

Matchup: Texans

I picked Dalton a couple of weeks back when he had really his only bad fantasy game of the entire season. Frankly, I’m surprised he isn’t in the top 10 rankings this week considering the Bengals play the lowly Texans.



RB: Darren McFadden, Cowboys

NFL.com RB projection: No. 13

Matchup: Buccaneers

Perkins threw a changeup with that DeAngelo Williams pick. Let’s just say it’s not his best pitch. I think I have the edge at RB, where McFadden will keep being a workhorse for Dallas.


WR: Demaryius Thomas, Broncos

NFL.com WR projection: No. 11

Matchup: Chiefs

Thomas only has one TD this season, but one of his better games came earlier in the year with 116 yards against the Chiefs. I’m counting on a big output to end my losing ways.


Winner: John Meyer — Ben Roethlisberger (21.4), Devonta Freeman (13.9), Odell Beckham (10.5). Total: 45.8.

Loser: Michael Rand — Peyton Manning (15.2), Jeremy Hill (5.2), Alshon Jeffery (15.1). Total: 35.5.

Overall standings: Guest pickers 8-1.