Tracking our Big Ten fantasy teams, Week 2

September, 8, 2011
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I thought as the new guy here, I would have a sharp learning curve in all showdowns with Rittenberg.

But I'm already ahead in our game predictions record after one week, and my Big Ten fantasy team rolled to an easy victory over Ad-Rock in the opening weekend.

It's a long season, though, and I'm trying not to get cocky.

My team, Non-Gingervitis, scored 133 points to Adam's 110 in Week 1. Leading the way for me were Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (36 fantasy points vs. UNLV) and Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez (35 vs. Chattanooga). I also got a nice contribution from my sleeper pick, Indiana receiver Damarlo Belcher (16), which made up for an off week, fantasy-wise, for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

Adam's team, the Trombone Shorties, didn't have any players score 30 points or more. But he did get big weeks from Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt (26) and the Ohio State defense (22). He had to be disappointed with Iowa's Marcus Coker and Penn State receiver Derek Moye scoring only five points each.

Like in any fantasy league, half the battle is in free-agent pickups. We can add and drop players as much as we want in this league. The loser from the previous week gets first pick off the waiver wire, so here are our moves for Week 2.

Adam drops Penn State WR Derek Moye for Minnesota WR Da'Jon McKnight

Rationale: I love me some Moye, but Alabama's secondary is scary good. I like for McKnight to make his way into the end zone a few times against a lousy New Mexico State team.



Brian drops Northwestern WR Jeremy Ebert for Illinois WR A.J. Jenkins

Rationale: Ebert is still a top-flight receiver, but as we saw last week against Boston College, his production dips without Dan Persa. Jenkins had a monster game against Arkansas State and should cause South Dakota State fits this week.

Adam drops Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins for Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson

Rationale: I'll go back to Cousins at some point, but for fantasy points purposes, Wilson does more because of his mobility. He's playing with a ton of confidence and is facing an Oregon State team that has very little.

Our complete rosters for Week 2:

THE TROMBONE SHORTIES

QB: Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
QB: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
RB: Marcus Coker, Iowa
RB: James White, Wisconsin
WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa
WR: Da'Jon McKnight, Minnesota
Defense: Ohio State
Kickers: Michigan State

NON-GINGERVITIS

QB: Denard Robinson, Michigan
QB: Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
RB: Edwin Baker, Michigan State
WR:
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
WR:
Damarlo Belcher, Indiana
Defense: Nebraska
Kickers: Wisconsin

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