- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.
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
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
7dMitch Sherman and Dan Murphy