Revenge is so sweet.
After an ugly Week 5 in which Adam's Trombone Shorties embarrassed my The One Who Knocks (and in "Breaking Bad's" season finale weekend, no less) by a score of 132-39, I turned the tables in Week 6 with an almost equally impressive 129-45 victory. I got 37 big points from Carlos Hyde, 30 from Allen Robinson, 25 from Christian Hackenberg and 20 from Devin Gardner. Adam, meanwhile, got no more than 14 from any of his guys and dealt with goose eggs from Mark Weisman and Shane Wynn.
That means I now have a 4-2 season lead. But there's no room to breathe easy, because once again the bye weeks are messing with our rosters. To the waiver wire:
Adam adds Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon and drops Iowa RB Mark Weisman
Rationale: Weisman gave me nothing last week and is off in Week 7, while Gordon returns from the knee issue that slowed him against Ohio State. He faces a Northwestern defense with some weak spots in the middle, so I expect a big day.
Rationale: Smith didn't do much for me and now is on a bye. Adam dropped Abbrederis on Wisconsin's bye week, and now I have the two best receivers in the league with him and Penn State's Allen Robinson.
Rationale: I loved the way Mark played last week, but he faces a good defensive front seven in Wisconsin. Abdullah, meanwhile, should be able to build on his big performance against Illinois when Nebraska travels to 1-4 Purdue.
Brian adds Nebraska's defense and drops Iowa's defense
Rationale: My gambit of going with Iowa vs. Michigan State sure didn't work and now the Hawkeyes are on a bye. While Nebraska's defense has its problems, it will be going up against a shaky Purdue squad starting a true freshman quarterback. I expect some turnovers and big plays by the Blackshirts.
Rationale: Ohio State is off this week, and Siemian showed the ability to attack downfield last Saturday. Wisconsin is vulnerable in the secondary, and I expect to see more of Siemian than Colter at Camp Randall Stadium.
Brian adds Northwestern RB Venric Mark and drops Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde
Rationale: Hyde was a beast last week, but even beasts have byes. I'll bet on Mark having a big game in his absence.
Rationale: Did I mention how much I hate all these bye weeks? Ugh. Yes, I realize what Sudfeld is up against, but I also don't think Michigan State has seen an offense quite as dangerous as Indiana's. Sudfeld should be able to make a handful of plays Saturday.
Adam adds Northwestern WR Tony Jones and drops Indiana WR Shane Wynn
Rationale: Wynn provided nada last week, a big surprise. Jones, meanwhile, won't see Bradley Roby out there in Madison. He'll have some big-play chances against a young Wisconsin secondary.
Adam adds Michigan State's kickers and drops Iowa's kickers
Rationale: The Hawkeyes are off this week, and I expect Michigan State to continue its momentum on offense against Indiana at home. The switch to freshman Michael Geiger is paying off so far.
Our complete rosters for Week 7:
The Trombone Shorties (Adam)
Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian
Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon
Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah
Northwestern WR Tony Jones
Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon
Michigan State defense
Michigan State kickers
The One Who Knocks (Brian)
Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg
Michigan QB Devin Gardner
Northwestern RB Venric Mark
Penn State RB Zach Zwinak
Penn State WR Allen Robinson
Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis
Penn State kickers