- Mike Grimala, ESPNHS
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As part of our high school football coverage, I bring you my hypothetical fantasy football picks each week.
Note: This league is completely made up. If you are in a high school fantasy football league, please seek professional help.
QB — Troy Flutie, Natick
Just a sophomore, Flutie has already proven himself to be a fantasy gold mine each and every week. Playing in Natick's aggressive offense, it seems like he always has the ball in his hands — he's averaging 233 passing yards per game, and he's run for at least 107 in each of the first two contests this season. Add in four TD passes and another on the ground, and Flutie is worth a start every week, including this weekend against Milton.
Projection: 18 of 28, 225 yards, 2 TDs; 13 carries, 104 yards, 2 TDs
RB — Obi Melifonwu, Grafton
I'm going to CMass for my RB pick this week, because Melifonwu is putting up numbers too big to ignore. He missed the opening game of the season, but last week the senior carried 17 times for 209 yards and five touchdowns. The 6-foot-4 UConn recruit is capable of producing near that level every week, and he's going up against the Shephard Hill defense this week, so don't hesitate to start Melifonwu.
Projection: 18 carries, 195 yards, 4 TDs
WR — Gilberto Brown, Lowell
Lowell isn't afraid to sling the ball around this season with spectacular senior R.J. Noel at QB, and that means Red Raiders' receivers are good values. Brown, 6-foot-2 senior, has been Noel's favorite target so far, grabbing seven passes for 123 yards in Week 1 and following it up with eight catches for 225 and a TD last week. As long as Lowell keeps stretching the field with the passing game, you'll want Brown on your team.
Projection: 8 catches, 140 yards, 2 TDs
QB — Jack Sharrio, St. John's Prep
Incumbent starter Tommy Gaudet is out for the year with a torn labrum, and even though Sharrio played his heart out in an overtime loss to Central Catholic last week, I'd stay away this weekend. I'm not basing this on his level of play — you also have to look at the schedule. No. 1 Everett is coming to town, and that's a matchup I want no part of when it comes to fantasy.
Projection: 8 of 20, 65 yards, 0 TDs
* Projections based on 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR format; No PPR
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