Week 3 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. This week’s guest — Jeff Fischer, different guy (and different spelling) than the Rams head coach and self-proclaimed great regular-season fantasy player — 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: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

NFL.com QB projection: No. 13

Matchup: Rams

I think, even with Le’Veon Bell back, Big Ben stays hot. He loves to throw the ball downfield more than anyone.





RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings

NFL.com RB projection: No. 4

Matchup: Chargers

Maybe this is the week Peterson stops fumbling in the red zone and crosses the goal line a couple times?



WR: Julian Edelman, Patriots

NFL.com WR projection: No. 25

Matchup: Jaguars

I think Brady continues to throw it 50 times per game, and Edelman continues catching 10-plus balls a week.


QB: Carson Palmer, Cardinals

NFL.com QB projection: No. 12

Matchup: 49ers

Which 49ers team is for real — the one that shut down the Vikings or the one that was gouged by the Steelers? I’m banking on the latter in picking Palmer this week.




RB: Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks

NFL.com RB projection: No. 15

Matchup: Bears

Seattle is 0-2, frustrated and is at home against a bad Bears team. I see this as “no mercy” game, with Lynch serving as one of the prime beneficiaries.



WR: Brandon Marshall, Jets

NFL.com WR projection: No. 21

Matchup: Eagles

Marshall has looked very good for an energized Jets offense that is playing well with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. He should get plenty of opportunities against the Eagles.



Winner: Stuart Lieberman — Drew Brees (12.1), Matt Forte (10.5), Antonio Brown (27.5). Total: 50.1.

Loser: Michael Rand — Sam Bradford (7.9), Chris Ivory (6.0), Calvin Johnson (14.3). Total: 28.2.

Overall standings: Guest pickers 2-0.