Week 13 of the Page 2 Fantasy Football Challenge is upon us. Each week, a guest picker chooses a quarterback, wide receiver and running back. The only players off limits are those selected by the previous week's guest picker. The guest — Aaron Gleeman, who writes about baseball on NBCSports.com and writes about the Twins on AaronGleeman.com — 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 at their respective positions:


QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers

NFL.com QB projection: No. 1

Matchup: Patriots

Rodgers is third in QB fantasy scoring this season, he doesn't have back-to-back poor games very often, and the Packers will probably need to score a whole bunch of points to beat the Patriots. Plus, my girlfriend has a "Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood" T-shirt with his face on it and I like her a lot.

RB: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

NFL.com RB projection: No. 9

Matchup: Saints

Bell had 200-plus rushing yards in his last game and the Saints gave up 200-plus rushing yards to the Ravens last week. That was enough to have me bypass DeMarco Murray. Also Le'Veon is a cool name


WR: Demaryius Thomas, Broncos

NFL.com WR projection: No. 2

Matchup: Chiefs

Rand wouldn't let me select Peyton Manning this week, so I'll just take his favorite receiver. Thomas has 100 yards receiving in seven of his last eight games, and in the other one he scored three TDs.


QB: Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

NFL.com QB projection: No. 15

Matchup: Jets

The J-E-T-S are an M-E-S-S in almost every facet of the game, but particularly pass defense. Opposing teams are posting a 109.4 passer rating with 27 touchdown passes and three interceptions against the Jets. Tannehill is quietly having a nice fantasy season. I like where this is headed.

RB: Eddie Lacy, Packers

NFL.com RB projection: No. 11

Matchup: Patriots

I don't like picking Packers players, but I'm 2-10. Let's be realistic. Lacy is the best running back available to me, and he's been on a pretty good roll. Here's hoping for a couple of 1-yard plunges.

WR: Randall Cobb, Packers

NFL.com WR projection: No. 14

Matchup: Patriots

Again, this pains me. But this Patriots/Packers game could very well be a shootout, and I'm hoping Darrelle Revis spends most of his time with Jordy Nelson, leaving Cobb a better chance.


Winner: Wade Anderson — Peyton Manning (28.1), Matt Forte (23.2), Jordy Nelson (6.8). Total: 58.1.

Loser: Michael Rand — Jay Cutler (7.2), Marshawn Lynch (8.2), Michael Crabtree (5.8). Total: 21.2.

Overall standings: Guest pickers 10-2.