Ferris fantasy football

The Ferris State football team took care of Ohio Dominican last Thursday in a 41-0 win to kick off the 2016-2017 season.

Now this Thursday, Sept. 8, the NFL season kicks off in a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl as the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers at 8:30 p.m.

The beginning of the NFL season brings the beginning of everyone’s favorite thing—fantasy football.

Last year, I started Ferris Fantasy Football, where I pick an NFL fantasy team to go up against the best of the best from Ferris State from that particular week.

Starting this week, I will be creating an NFL fantasy football team and will compare the stats of my fantasy roster to the stats of the Bulldog football players.

Each week I’ll choose one quarterback, one running back, two wide receivers, a tight end, a defense/special teams and a kicker from various NFL rosters. These players will go head to head against the best performers of Ferris from that particular week.

Here is my roster:

QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – Roethlisberger has arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL to throw to in Antonio Brown. Pair that with the fact that the Steelers are taking on the No. 25 pass defense from last season and Big Ben could have a big day.

RB: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams – Gurley is an absolute animal. The only thing I can see stopping Gurley this season is a freight train and the 49ers’ No. 29 ranked rush defense is far from that.

WR1: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers – As mentioned before, Brown might be the best receiver in the NFL. Plus, it’s always a good idea to pair a wide receiver with your quarterback so that you can double up on points when both players are involved.

WR2: Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders – Cooper is hands down the best receiver on Oakland’s roster and they seem to utilize him proportionally. He is also playing against the second worst pass defense from 2015 in the New Orleans Saints.

TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys – Witten seems to be a security blanket for the Cowboys and gets plenty of targets in the red zone. With Tony Romo out for 6-10 weeks with a back injury, rookie Dak Prescott will likely be looking Witten’s way on several occasions, especially with Dez Bryant questionable with a concussion.

FLEX: Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles – With a rookie quarterback in Carson Wentz starting for the Eagles, I look to them to hand the ball off plenty on Sunday. With Demarco Murray playing for the Titans, Mathews is the No. 1 guy now for the Eagles.

D/ST: Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks have a dominant defense, and their opponent, the Miami Dolphins have a less than perfect offense. Boom, roasted.

K: Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens – Tucker is a very good kicker. The Ravens are playing a good Bills defense, so they may have some trouble finding the end zone. That leaves Tucker to pick up the pieces.

We’ll see how my team fairs against the Bulldogs as they take on Michigan Tech at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Houghton.