Week 2 fantasy: LaSpada says start Coke, Ramirez

As part of our weekly football coverage, I offer up my hypothetical fantasy football picks every Thursday. Today I'm joined by Billerica quarterback/good guy Nick LaSpada, who has been sitting in as our guest blogger all week. He's the 2009 Gatorade State Player of the Year, but does he know his fantasy football? His picks are in Billerica green.

Note: This league is completely made up. If you are in a high school fantasy football league, please seek professional help.


WR — Cam Farnham, Andover

When you think Andover, the first name that comes to mind is Andrew Coke. And rightfully so — Coke is one of the most productive players in the state (see below). But don’t sleep on Farnham, who is starting to emerge as a big-play receiver. Andover threw the ball 20 times in Week 1, and Farnham hauled in six of those passes, racking up 86 yards and a touchdown. So while the Golden Warriors are still going to pound the running game against Gloucester tomorrow, Farnham figures to get his looks at the WR spot.

Projection: 5 catches, 90 yards, 1 TD

LaSpada's Pick

RB — Byron Ramirez, Billerica

He came out of nowhere to run for 136 yards on 12 carries last week, and he impressed everyone on the team. I think our offensive line is going to get a big push up front this week, and we want to run the ball and set the tone that way. Ramirez is one of the toughest guys to bring down that I’ve seen. He’s powerful and he breaks a lot of tackles. He’s not the most elusive but he gets the job done and he can break off for a 30-yard run here and there. He's going to be a big part of our offense every week.

Projection: 17 carries, 144 yards, 2 TDs

QB — Mike Walsh, Swampscott

Walsh is always a lock to put up big numbers on the ground and through the air. After passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns last week, I expect him to have no problems with the Winthrop defense tomorrow. He may not attempt as many passes, but Walsh should be able to hit enough big plays to make him a solid QB1.

Projection: 11 for 15, 202 yards, 3 TDs; 9 carries, 70 yards, 2 TDs

LaSpada's Pick

RB — Andrew Coke, Andover

He got off to a bit of a slow start for him (21 carries, 127 yards, 1 TD in Week 1), but he’s going to get the ball more. He’s a good friend of mine, so I know he’s going to come out strong this week. Last year they had him in more of a Wildcat system, taking snaps. It looks like they’re not doing that as much this season, and I know Farnham is going to get the ball some, but Coke is still going to be getting a lot of touches.

Projection: 24 carries, 190 yards, 3 TDs


RB — Alex Eaton, Westford Academy

Eaton was extremely impressive on opening weekend, rushing for 176 yards and three touchdowns against a normally tough Chelmsford defense. The Bishop Guertin (N.H.) transfer is talented, but he’s not a smart play this week, as Westford Academy is set to take on No. 9 Marshfield. Last week, Marshfield completely shut down Catholic Memorial in a 24-0 blanking. Loaded with Division 1 recruits, CM was supposed to feature one of the most explosive offenses in the state, but Marshfield tossed them around like a JV team. That’s why we suggest leaving Eaton on the bench for now; unleash him again next week.

Projection: 19 carries, 88 yards, 0 TDs

* Projections based on 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR format

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