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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tracking our B1G fantasy teams: Week 9

By Brian Bennett

My fantasy winning streak over Rittenberg reached eight last week as Non-Gingervitis just refuses to lose.

My team didn't have any superstar performances but got solid days from Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg (27 points), Iowa running back Marcus Coker (25) and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (25). That was enough for me to eke out a 137-127 win over the Trombone Shorties. Adam continued to show why he wasn't named the Cubs' general manager, getting just five points out of his pickup of Iowa's defense. He did enjoy a huge day from Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt (36 points).

But I'm calling it right now: this is the week Adam finally gets a win. He's going to steal Denard Robinson off the waiver wire (I had to drop Shoelace last week because of the bye), and eight weeks' worth of picking first in the free-agent pool has at long last allowed him to put together a strong roster. But I'll always have these first eight weeks.

On to our picks for Week 9:

Adam drops Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase for Michigan QB Denard Robinson


Rationale: If you can't beat 'em, steal their players. Robinson puts up big fantasy numbers even when he turns it over. Scheelhaase, meanwhile, is in a major slump and faces a good Penn State defense. I'm untying my shoes right now.

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

Rationale: The Blackshirts did a nice job last week against Minnesota, even scoring a defensive touchdown. But I'll go back to the Nittany Lions this week as they face a struggling Illinois offense at home.

Adam drops Iowa's defense for Michigan's defense

Rationale: I'm not a believer in Iowa's defense, even against Minnesota. Michigan, meanwhile, will bounce back against a Purdue offense that has been playing better but struggles to stretch the field.

Adam drops Wisconsin WR Nick Toon for Northwestern WR Jeremy Ebert

Rationale: Toon didn't look great last week and faces a solid Ohio State secondary on the road. Ebert, meanwhile, has been putting up big numbers. If he can hang onto the ball, he'll have a nice day against Indiana.

Our complete rosters for Week 9:

THE TROMBONE SHORTIES

QB: Denard Robinson, Michigan
QB: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
RB: Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
RB: Silas Redd, Penn State
WR: Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern
WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa
Defense: Michigan
Kickers: Illinois

NON-GINGERVITIS

QB: James Vandenberg, Iowa
QB: Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
RB: Marcus Coker, Iowa
WR: B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State
WR: A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Defense: Penn State
Kickers: Wisconsin