As part of our weekly football coverage here, I offer up my hypothetical fantasy football picks every Thursday. Note: This league is completely made up. If you are in a high school fantasy football league, please seek professional help.
RB — Martez Walker, Brother Rice, Sr.
I know what you're thinking — Walker split carries pretty evenly with fellow Brother Rice running back Andrew Walker in Week 1. But Martez still did plenty of fantasy damage, running for 80-plus yards and two TDs on 14 carries. I can live with that kind of production, and Martez will likely see increased usage as the season goes on. Against Marist this week, I think he's capable of carrying your team.
Projection: 19 carries, 115 yards, 2 TDs
QB — Maurice Fleming, Curie, Sr.
Fleming turned in what was probably the finest fantasy QB performance of Week 1, passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns while running for 240 yards and three TDs. Get that kind of performance from your QB and you're pretty much guaranteed to win your matchup that week. Don't miss out if he goes crazy again this week against Sterling.
Projection: 160 passing yards, 2 TDs; 150 rushing yards, 4 TDs
WR — Bo Dever, Lake Forest, Sr.
Yardage and touchdowns can sometimes be hard to come by at the WR position, but the stat that usually stays consistent is targets. Dever is the No. 1 option at Lake Forest, and I like the fact that he'll usually get a good amount of passes thrown his way. Last week, he made six catches for 49 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Buffalo Grove. Lake Forest threw the ball 26 times in that contest, so I like Dever's chances of being targeted often this week against Highland Park.
Projection: 7 catches, 75 yards, 1 TD
DON'T START 'EM
QB — Matt Alviti, Maine South, Jr.
Yes, Alviti was awesome in Week 1, tossing a pair of TDs and running for two scores in a blowout of Warren. But the competition takes a step up this week, with a hungry Wheaton South team looking for vengeance after having its 26-game winning streak snapped. If you start any Maine South player this week, I'd vote for RB Paul Preston.
Projection: 110 passing yards, 1 TD; 80 rushing yards, 1 TD
QB — Zach Till, Lake Zurich, Sr.
Till is still an unknown after sitting out Week 1 with an ankle injury. Backup Steven Kuhn looked fine in leading Lake Zurich to a win over Fremd, so there's no need for the team to rush Till back. I expect the coaching staff will play it safe and give Till another week to recover. If he does play, it could be sparingly, just to test the ankle.
Projection: 3 of 5, 22 yards, 0 TDs
RB — David Smith, Bremen, Sr.
Smith was fine in Week 1, rushing for 85 yards and a TD. But the Braves beat Comer Prep 49-0, and Smith handled just seven of the team's 21 carries. No disrespect to Perspectives (this week's opponent), but I expect a similar score tomorrow night. And so far, the trend says that if Bremen is blowing out its opponent, Smith gets a breather. Great for Bremen, bad for your fantasy team.
Projection: 11 carries, 90 yards, 1 TD
* Projections based on 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR format; No PPR
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