- Mike Grimala, ESPNHS
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As part of our football coverage here, I offer up my hypothetical fantasy football picks every week. Note: This league is completely made up. If you are in a high school fantasy football league, please seek professional help.
RB — Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia
You know Ansonia loves to run the ball — Montrell Dobbs set a state record with 45 TDs last year — so grabbing a Chargers RB is always smart. In Week 1, Newsome ran for 319 yards and six touchdowns, and there’s no reason to think Woodland-Beacon Falls is going to slow him down tomorrow. After getting 24 carries last week, the sophomore should roll past the 20-carry mark again.
Projection: 28 carries, 248 yards, 4 TDs
QB — Colin Moore, Avon
Running quarterbacks can provide tremendous fantasy value (see Michael Vick), so you should definitely consider starting Moore full-time. In a Week 1 win, the junior complete just 4 of 9 passes for 45 yards and one touchdown, but he rushed 27 times, racking up 244 yards and a pair of scores. Even Vick would be envious of those numbers. Tomorrow’s opponent, Coventry-Windham, didn’t allow any points in Week 1, but I think Moore will still have a great game.
Projection: 5 of 12, 40 yards, 0 TDs; 25 carries, 190 yards, 3 TDs
WR — Thomas Milone, Masuk
It seems like we could rotate a different Masuk skill position player into these fantasy previews every week, but Milone is legit. The junior looks like he could be the breakout player of 2011 after grabbing five passes for 160 yards and a touchdown on opening night. And having the best QB in the state throwing to him doesn’t hurt. Even though New Fairfield gave up just six points in Week 1, Milone and the Masuk offense should prove to be too much.
Projection: 7 catches, 155 yards, 2 TDs
RB — Scott McLeod, Berlin
McLeod was extremely productive last week, totaling 109 total yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it may be difficult for him to repeat that performance tomorrow. Most of McLeod’s numbers came through the air, as he caught five passes for 92 yards and scored both of his TDs on receptions. He actually carried the ball just five times for 17 yards, and with Tom Undercuffler looking like the Redcoats’ workhorse (21 carries, 163 yards), McLeod is unlikely to see as much action as he did in Week 1.
Projection: 6 carries, 38 yards, 0 TDs; 2 catches, 20 yards, 0 TDs
* Projections based on 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR format; No PPR
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