Week 3 Fantasy: Start Weaver, Ford

As part of our weekly football coverage, 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.


QB — Malcolm Weaver, Loyola Academy, Sr.

Coming off a convincing takedown of Montini last week, Loyola Academy is one of the hottest teams in the state. And Weaver is the guy doing most of the damage, as he threw three touchdown passes in Week 1 and five (!!) TDs in the win over Montini. He also ran for 115 yards and a score against Montini. Going up against the Lake Forest Academy defense this week, I like Weaver to attempt north of 20 passes and put some points on the board.

Projection: 16-23, 215 yards, 3 TDs

RB — Perez Ford, Romeoville, Sr.

I know, Ford carried just 13 times for 30 yards last week against Joliet, but that was a blowout victory (35-0). In a tighter Week 1 loss to Hinsdale South, Ford toted it 24 times for 154 yards. Against Oswego tomorrow, I see him putting up numbers more in line with his Week 1 performance. Classic bounce-back potential.

Projection: 20 carries, 112 yards, 2 TDs

WR — Zach Grant, Rochester, Sr.

It doesn't matter that star quarterback Wes Lunt has missed the first two weeks with a foot injury, as backup QB Austin Green has stepped in and looked sharp. Grant was unstoppable last week, making 16 catches for 258 yards and five TDs in a 41-28 win over Jacksonville. Rochester isn't afraid to air it out no matter who's under center, so Grant is a safe bet to see a good amount of targets again this week against Jersey.

Projection: 9 catches, 110 yards, 2 TDs


RB — Patrick O'Malley, Cary-Grove, Jr.

Cary-Grove's defense was impressive in a 10-7 win over Lake Zurich last week, but the offense didn't look so hot. O'Mally got the bulk of the carries and finished with 71 yards on 16 attempts, which isn't bad. But it's also not going to win any fantasy leagues. Going up against Crystal Lake South tomorrow, I don't expect those numbers to take a huge leap. Crystal Lake South won last year's meeting, 28-14, and Cary-Grove's option offense isn't a mystery in this matchup. I like O'Malley and Cary-Grove's offense overall, just not this week.

Projection: 14 carries, 75 yards, 0 TDs

* Projections based on 1 QB, 2RB, 2 WR format; No PPR

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