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Tracking our B1G fantasy teams: Week 8

10/16/2014

It's been quite the interesting week in our fantasy league.

Not only did we complete our league's first-ever trade -- listed below -- but Austin Ward's time atop the standings proved to be a short one. After his lowest-scoring week of the season, he dropped from first to third. So it's still anybody's championship ... well, almost anybody's.

Your results this week:

Coal Crackers (Josh Moyer): 132

Legendary Leaders (Brian Bennett): 108

The Trombone Shorties (Adam Rittenberg): 89

Massive Attack (Austin Ward): 58

Sherman Tanks (Mitch Sherman): 57

And the overall standings:

The Trombone Shorties: 843

Coal Crackers: 841

Massive Attack: 813

Legendary Leaders: 720

Sherman Tanks: 585

Trade Alert: Bennett's Legendary Leaders traded Indiana RB Tevin Coleman to Moyer's Coal Crackers in exchange for Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong and Iowa RB Mark Weisman.

Trade analysis: Bennett needed a quarterback badly, and put the word out he was willing to make a deal. The quarterbacks on his roster heading into this week -- Joel Stave and Reilly O'Toole -- are both on bye, and he literally had no starters. So it was either take zeroes, hope to get lucky on the waiver wire, or make a trade. Sherman offered Gary Nova, but I sweetened the deal by adding a running back. My other QBs aren't great, but it was difficult to turn down the prospect of having Melvin Gordon and Coleman on the same team.

Waiver-wire: If your heads are swirling from all the moves, know that you're not alone. This season is getting harder, and it's difficult to find starters at key spots -- so there was once again a lot of shuffling. Ward focused on Ohio State players, while Rittenberg added two solid wideouts.

Sherman adds Maryland QB C.J. Brown and drops Michigan QB Devin Gardner

Bennett adds Ohio State WR Devin Smith and drops Penn State WR Geno Lewis

Ward adds Ohio State RB Rod Smith and drops Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld

Moyer adds Maryland WR Stefon Diggs and drops Illinois WR Mike Dudek

Rittenberg adds Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo and drops Northwestern WR Dan Vitale

Sherman adds Purdue RB Akeem Hunt and drops Michigan RB De'Veon Smith

Bennett adds Nebraska WR Kenny Bell and drops Illinois WR Geronimo Allison

Ward adds Ohio State WR Michael Thomas and drops Illinois WR Martize Barr

Moyer adds Nebraska WR Jordan Westerkamp (drops no one due to 2-for-1 trade)

Rittenberg adds Maryland kickers and drops Wisconsin kickers

Sherman adds Iowa WR Kevonte Martin-Manley and drops Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton

Bennett adds Maryland QB Caleb Rowe and drops Illinois QB Reilly O'Toole and Wisconsin RB Corey Clement (drops two due to 2-for-1 trade)

Ward adds Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman and drops Michigan State WR Macgarrett Kings

Moyer adds Maryland RB Brandon Ross and drops Indiana WR Shane Wynn

Rittenberg adds Indiana WR Shane Wynn and drops Indiana RB D'Angelo Roberts

Sherman adds Ohio State defense and drops Wisconsin defense

Bennett adds Ohio State kickers, drops Minnesota kickers

Ward adds Nebraska defense, drops Michigan defense

Rittenberg adds Northwestern defense and drops Penn State defense

Sherman adds Nebraska kickers and drops Penn State kickers

Ward adds Rutgers kickers and drops Indiana kickers

And now for a look at our rosters this week:

The Trombone Shorties (Rittenberg)

Purdue QB Austin Appleby

Michigan State QB Connor Cook

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah

Northwestern RB Justin Jackson

Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo

Indiana WR Shane Wynn

Maryland kickers

Northwestern defense

Bench: Michigan WR Devin Funchess (on bye)

Coal Crackers (Moyer)

Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner

Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman

Maryland RB Brandon Ross

Maryland WR Stefon Diggs

Nebraska WR Jordan Westerkamp

Michigan State kickers

Michigan State defense

Bench: Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon (on bye)

Massive Attack (Ward)

Iowa QB Jake Rudock

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett

Ohio State RB Rod Smith

Minnesota RB David Cobb

Ohio State WR Michael Thomas

Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman

Rutgers kickers

Nebraska defense

Bench: Illinois RB Josh Ferguson (on bye)

Legendary Leaders (Bennett)

Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong

Maryland QB Caleb Rowe

Iowa RB Mark Weisman

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott

Nebraska WR Kenny Bell

Ohio State WR Devin Smith

Ohio State kickers

Minnesota defense

Bench: Wisconsin QB Joel Stave (on bye)

Sherman Tanks (Sherman)

Maryland QB C.J. Brown

Rutgers QB Gary Nova

Purdue RB Akeem Hunt

Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford

Iowa WR Kevonte Martin-Manley

Michigan State WR Tony Lippett

Nebraska kickers

Ohio State defense

Bench: Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg (on bye)