The Ferris fantasy

Once again, the Ferris State football team found a way to get the best of me. Vander Laan combined for five touchdowns, which contributed heavily to his 41 fantasy points against Northern Michigan last weekend.

The Bulldogs put up plenty of points but had trouble stopping the Wildcats, especially in the second half. Although Vander Laan ran the ball a team high 38 times, Robert Thomas III got 12 carries and averaged five yards per carry in a solid performance for the Dawgs.

I wouldn’t have even been in it if it weren’t for the Oakland Raiders’ wide receiver Michael Crabtree who caught two touchdowns in an overtime loss to the Steelers. This week will be my final regular season matchup against the Ferris State team, and I hope we can both end the regular season on a high note.

I will look to improve my 3-6 record and the Dawgs will look to complete their second consecutive undefeated regular season at a perfect 10-0. Ferris takes on Walsh University at noon at Top Taggart field in Big Rapids on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Here are my picks for this week:

 QB: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: Newton has been showing flashes of greatness that give me flashbacks to his years as an Auburn Tiger. The young QB has lead the Panthers to their first 8-0 start in franchise history and has been getting attention as a possible NFL most valuable player. I think he’ll come off a huge week last week with another against the Titans on Sunday.

RB: DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers: Williams is the No.1 running back for the Steelers after Le’Veon Bell went down with a season ending injury a couple weeks ago. He has been nothing but spectacular when given the opportunity and I don’t see that changing.

WR1: Jordan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles: Mathews caught a 41-yard game winner last week against the Cowboys. Mathews is prone to making big plays in big situations so I’m not surprised. Look for him to have a big week against the Dolphins.

WR2: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers: Adams had 11 targets last week in Green Bay’s loss to the Panthers. He faces a Lions secondary that will put plenty of focus on Randall Cobb. Plus, the Packers are coming off their second straight loss, which makes Aaron Rodgers angry. I don’t think Detroit wants to see Aaron Rodgers when he’s angry.

 FLEX: LaGarrette Blount, New England Patriots: The Patriots look good, I mean really good. Blount had a season-high 29 carries last week in a dominating performance against the Redskins. The Giants defense isn’t much better, so expect this Sunday to be the same story as the last for Blount and the Patriots.

D/ST: Kansas City Chiefs: This is a bold strategy Cotton, let’s see if it pays off for me. I’m banking on a really bad week from Peyton Manning. Like three interceptions bad, preferably one of those being returned for a touchdown.

 K: Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots: Gostkowski has scored in double digits in six of his eight games played this year. Enough said.