Now this is just getting out of hand.
I thought Adam would finally get a victory last week as many of my valuable fantasy players were on a bye week. Instead, Non-Gingervitis recorded its most lopsided victory of the season, outscoring the Trombone Shorties 146-105 to improve to a perfect 6-0.
The 146 points were my second highest-point total of the season, thanks in large part to the 44 points from Denard Robinson and another big 30 points from Illinois receiver A.J. Jenkins. Taylor Martinez added 31 in Nebraska's win against Ohio State, and the Illinois defense that I picked up came through with 17 points. I won easily despite having an idle player (Montee Ball) on my active roster. No way was I going to let him go.
Rittenberg's team got a nice day from Nathan Scheelhaase (34 points), but his habit of getting nothing out of waiver-wire pickups continued, as Michigan's Vincent Smith laid a goose egg. Derek Moye (four points) and Marvin McNutt (seven) were quiet as well.
Since the ESPN.com fantasy college football game lasts only 13 weeks, I can clinch a season title this week with a victory. But there's an omen that portends a possible Rittenberg breakthrough. Trombone Shorty, his team's namesake and the artist whose birthday party Adam and I inadvertently stumbled into during the Sugar Bowl week last year, is holding a concert in my hometown this Sunday. Will Shorty be all smiles this weekend? Or will he have to kiss my ring?
On to our pickups for this week:
Rationale: Persa has been pretty solid since his return, but I can't let RussellMania get away, especially this week as the Badgers get Indiana at Camp Randall.
Rationale: We're getting the band back together. Cunningham was a strong member of the team most of the season before last week's bye, and I think he'll get plenty of opportunities against Michigan.
Rationale: Burkhead and the Huskers are off (he'll be back soon), and White is due for a big points day as Wisconsin should put up plenty of points and keep the ball on the ground against IU.
Rationale: Young was good but not great as a pick-up for me last week, but now he has to go against the Ohio State defense. I'd much rather wager that Coker breaks out against a shaky Northwestern 'D.'
Adam drops Michigan RB Vincent Smith for Penn State RB Silas Redd
Rationale: I should have kept Redd last week as Smith did nothing. Penn State's offensive line seems to be slowly making strides, and Redd should get a lot of work against Purdue.
Brian drops Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez for Northwestern QB Dan Persa
Rationale: Martinez has been a terrific fantasy performer for me all season, but Nebraska is off this week. And I'm 6-0, so I can take the risk of losing him on the waiver wire next week.
Adam drops Penn State WR Derek Moye for Wisconsin WR Nick Toon
Rationale: Moye is injured, and while the Badgers might not pass a ton against Indiana, the Toon-Wilson connection should click a few times, hopefully for some touchdowns.
Brian drops Illinois' defense for Penn State's defense
Rationale: I shouldn't have doubted the Nittany Lions' defense last week against Iowa. Welcome back, fellas.
Adam drops Nebraska's defense for Wisconsin's defense
Rationale: Going very Badger this week, as you can see, but Wisconsin should keep Indiana in check, especially since the Hoosiers' quarterbacks are a bit banged up.
Brian drops Purdue's kickers for Wisconsin's kickers
Rationale: Another reunion. If nothing else, I know the Badgers will tack on loads of extra points.
Adam drops Nebraska's kickers for Illinois' kickers
Rationale: The Huskers are off this week, and Illinois' Derek Dimke is having another solid season. Dimke should be a big factor in a low-scoring game in Champaign.
Our complete rosters for Week 7:
THE TROMBONE SHORTIES
QB: Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
QB: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
RB: James White, Wisconsin
RB: Silas Redd, Penn State
WR: Nick Toon, Wisconsin
WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa
QB: Denard Robinson, Michigan
QB: Dan Persa, Northwestern
RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
RB: Marcus Coker, Iowa
WR: B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State
WR: A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Defense: Penn State