My fantasy team, Non-Gingervitis, continued its dominance over Adam's Trombone Shorties for the fifth consecutive time last week. I'm almost starting to feel sorry for Rittenberg -- almost. His team had its highest point total (153) of the season, which would have been enough to win in any of the first four weeks. Nathan Scheelhaase put up 38 points, Russell Wilson had 27 and the Michigan State defense added 20.
Unfortunately for him, my team posted a whopping 171 points, led by Illinois receiver A.J. Jenkins' 44-point explosion versus Northwestern. Montee Ball continued to churn out the points, too, with 39 against Nebraska, and Michigan State receiver B.J. Cunningham chipped in 21.
If Adam is ever going to beat me, it might be this week, as the byes for Wisconsin and Michigan State are playing havoc with both of our rosters. Wise waiver-wire maneuvering is needed this week. Is Rittenberg up to the task?
Our moves for Week 6:
Adam drops Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson for Northwestern QB Dan Persa
Rationale: You'll be back soon, Russell, but you're off this week and I need points. Persa fired four touchdown passes on only 14 attempts at Illinois. Can't pass him up this week.
Brian drops Michigan State WR B.J. Cunningham for Northwestern WR Jeremy Ebert
Rationale: I love what Cunningham has done, but he's on a bye week. Ebert caught three of Persa's touchdowns last week, and this allows me to hijack some of Adam's Persa points if the two continue to hook up in the end zone.
Rationale: Like Wilson, Toon will be enjoying the bye week. Fortunately, I'm glad to welcome back one of the Big Ten's most dangerous receivers to the Shorties. I predicted a low-scoring game in Happy Valley, but McNutt will make some plays.
Rationale: The Badgers are getting dropped left and right because of the bye week, and White has taken a backseat to Montee Ball, anyway. I've got a hunch on Young and like what I'm hearing out of Champaign about the freshman. I think he'll find nice running room against Indiana this week. If my hunch fails, hey, I've still got a five-game lead in the standings.
Adam drops Michigan State's defense for Nebraska's defense
Rationale: The Spartans enjoy a well-deserved bye week, so I need to make a move. Let's see, a Nebraska defense coming off of an "embarrassing" performance against Wisconsin and going up against an anemic Ohio State offense at home? Yeah, I'll take one.
Brian drops Penn State's defense for Illinois' defense
Rationale: Nothing against the Nittany Lions, who are playing great. But Iowa's passing attack gives me pause, and I think the Illini will be out to prove something against a shaky Hoosiers offense after giving up 35 points to Northwestern last week. I predict at least a couple of takeaways.
Rationale: Smith showed last week he can score touchdowns three different ways. I can't wait forever for Redd and the Penn State offense to break out. Michigan, meanwhile, faces a leaky Northwestern defense.
Brian drops Wisconsin kickers for Purdue kickers
Rationale: Yet another bye-week necessity. The Boilermakers should get plenty of opportunities to score against Minnesota's ragged defense, and I'm counting on Carson Wiggs to deliver me a few three-pointers.
Our full rosters for Week 6:
THE TROMBONE SHORTIES
QB: Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
QB: Dan Persa, Northwestern
RB: Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
RB: Vincent Smith, Michigan
WR: Derek Moye, Penn State
WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa
QB: Denard Robinson, Michigan
QB: Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
RB: Donovonn Young, Illinois
WR: Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern
WR: A.J. Jenkins, Illinois