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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tracking our B1G fantasy teams, Week 4

By Brian Bennett

All hail Non-Gingervitis!

Yep, I'm feeling pretty good after three weeks of my fantasy Big Ten football challenge contest against Rittenberg. My team improved to 3-0 this week, but we recognize it's a long season and you've got to take them one game at a time.

The Fightin' Non-Gingers actually had their lowest point total of the season in Week 3 (122) but had the biggest margin of victory all season over Adam's Trombone Shorties, who meekly put up just 87 points in a dispiriting effort.

Who's starring for the undefeated team? Denard Robinson (36 points last week) and Taylor Martinez (28) continue to make me look smart for picking running threats as my quarterbacks. First overall pick Montee Ball (24) is a wrecking ball, too.

Meanwhile, Rittenberg had only one player eclipse 20 fantasy points last week (Russell Wilson). His free-agent pickup of Silas Redd (14) was decent, but grabbing Michigan receiver Junior Hemingway on waivers (zero catches, zero fantasy points vs. Eastern Michigan) was a blunder.

There's still plenty of time for Adam to catch up, and the one benefit to his continued losing is he keeps getting the first choice on pickups each week. Sooner or later, that's got to help him, right?

On to our moves for this week:

Adam drops Iowa RB Marcus Coker for Wisconsin RB James White

Rationale: Dropping White burned me (of course) last week against Northern Illinois. The 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year will put up huge numbers against FCS South Dakota.

Brian drops Indiana WR Damarlo Belcher for Illinois WR A.J. Jenkins

Rationale: Belcher had a nice first week but has been quiet since. Jenkins is off to a great start and should have plenty of opportunities for points this week against a weak Western Michigan defense.

Adam drops Michigan WR Junior Hemingway for Indiana WR Duwyce Wilson

Rationale: Nothing against Hemingway, but his quarterback is too inconsistent as a passer. Wilson, meanwhile, faces the nation's 117th-rated pass defense in North Texas.

Brian drops Nebraska's defense for Penn State's defense

Rationale: The Blackshirts have been disappointing both in real life and in fantasy thus far. I like the way the Nittany Lions are playing defensively and expect a strong performance against Eastern Michigan.

Adam drops Ohio State's defense for Michigan State's defense

Rationale: The Spartans have looked strong on defense, even for portions of last week's loss to Notre Dame. They'll perform well at home against Central Michigan.

Adam drops Michigan State's kickers for Nebraska's kickers

Rationale: Brett Maher has been flawless this season, and he'll have another big night against Wyoming.

The full rosters for Week 4:


QB: Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
QB: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
RB: James White, Wisconsin
RB: Silas Redd, Penn State
WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa
WR: Duwyce Wilson, Indiana
Defense: Michigan State
Kickers: Nebraska


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