Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tracking our B1G fantasy teams: Week 4
By Brian Bennett
Consistent greatness is hard to achieve, but Non-Gingervitis is getting there.
My Big Ten fantasy team put up exactly 151 total points for the second straight week in Week 3. While Adam's Trombone Shorties showed improvement, they still finished in my rearview mirror with 120 points. That gives me a 2-1 edge on Rittenberg for the year.
Once again, my team was led by star quarterbacks Braxton Miller (40) and Denard Robinson (39), who are carrying me like they are doing with their own team. Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah (31) points also had a huge day, and teammate Kenny Bell (19) was a wise waiver-wire pickup. They gave me enough to withstand a goose egg from Michigan State's Bennie Fowler and only one point by the Spartans defense.
The Shorties were led by Week 3 pickup Allen Robinson of Penn State, who put up an enormous 31 points with his three touchdown catches. Taylor Martinez (26) remained strong, and Montee Ball had a bit of a bounceback performance (19). But an early injury to MarQueis Gray and Le'Veon Bell's disappointing showing against Notre Dame were killers.
Things could interesting this week. Have you ever wondered how somebody could pick first on the waiver wire nearly every week and yet still keep losing? On to our Week 4 pickups:
Adam drops Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray and adds Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter
Rationale: I can't see Gray returning so quickly from a high-ankle sprain. While Colter has been splitting snaps with Trevor Siemian, he's due for a big individual performance against a South Dakota team that struggles to stop the run.
Brian drops Michigan State wide receiver Bennie Fowler for Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis
Rationale: After Fowler failed to record a single catch against Notre Dame last week, he's heading back to the waiver wire. I'll happily pick up Abbrederis, who returns this week after a concussion, as one of the safest receiving options out there in this league.
Adam drops Purdue wide receiver Antavian Edison for Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith
Rationale: Edison and his Boilers are off this week, although I hope to have him back soon. Smith's big-play ability has stood out so far, and I expect him to have another big day against UAB.
Adam drops Michigan State kickers for Iowa kickers
Rationale: I'm not getting quite enough from Dan Conroy, and while Iowa finally found the end zone last week, thanks to Mark Weisman, kicker Mike Meyer is still getting plenty of chances and converting them.
Our complete rosters:
The Trombone Shorties
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez
Northwestern QB Kain Colter
Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell
Wisconsin RB Montee Ball
Ohio State WR Devin Smith
Penn State WR Allen Robinson
Ohio State defense
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller
Michigan QB Denard Robinson
Michigan RB Fitz Toussaint
Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah
Nebraska WR Kenny Bell
Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis
Michigan State defense