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Tracking our B1G fantasy teams: Week 4

9/20/2013

My Big Ten fantasy team is The One Who Knocks, not one who will be afraid. So after Adam's team, The Trombone Shorties, delivered a knockout performance in Week 2, the Knockers had to respond. And they did in a big way.

Led by key showings from Michigan's Devin Gardner (33 points), Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (31) and Penn State's Allen Robinson (20), my team easily outpaced Adam's by a score of 142-107. Gardner continues to be a fantasy stud in a game that for some reason does not penalize quarterbacks for turnovers. Adam got a great weekend from Ohio State's Jordan Hall (36 points), but no one else on his team scored more than 20. His decision to drop Indiana's Nate Sudfeld for Minnesota's Philip Nelson really backfired, as Nelson got hurt early in the game against Western Illinois and Sudfeld racked up 27 points vs. Bowling Green.

So I now have a 2-1 edge in the season standings. The Shorties will get the first pick on the waiver wire as they try to bounce back:

Adam adds Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and drops Minnesota QB Philip Nelson

Rationale: First, it looks like he's playing this week against a weaker opponent. Second, you really think I'm going to pass up Braxton Miller? With all due respect to our guy Kenny G, this was an easy choice.

Brian adds Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld and drops Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase

Rationale: I made the risky move of dropping the injured Miller last week, and Scheelhaase gave me 18 points. But I could have won with Miller giving me nothing, so I may regret that all season. Still, I'm happy to pick up the very productive Sudfeld.

Adam adds Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg and drops Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez

Rationale: I don't expect Nebraska to take many or any chances with Taylor Martinez against South Dakota State, and the Huskers are off next week anyway. Hackenberg has consistently put up nice passing numbers and should have a big day against Kent State.

Adam adds Ohio State's defense and drops Minnesota's defense

Rationale: This is all about matchups as Minnesota will be tested by San Jose State quarterback David Fales in a toss-up game. Ohio State, meanwhile, faces an overmatched Florida A&M squad and should force some turnovers.

Our complete rosters for Week 4:

The Trombone Shorties (Adam)

Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg

Ohio State QB Braxton Miller

Iowa RB Mark Weisman

Ohio State RB Jordan Hall

Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis

Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon

Ohio State defense

Northwestern kickers

The One Who Knocks (Brian)

Michigan QB Devin Gardner

Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah

Penn State WR Allen Robinson

Nebraska WR Kenny Bell

Michigan State defense

Nebraska kickers