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Wrapping up our Big Ten fantasy league

It’s all over, and there willl be no three-peat for The Trombone Shorties this season.

The final week of our 2014 Big Ten fantasy league saw no movement in the standings. My team, Coal Crackers, finished first overall and will be lording the championship trophy over the other four for the next nine months. (Enjoy it, gentlemen!)

Here’s a look at how things shook out:

1. Coal Crackers (Josh Moyer): 1,706

2. Massive Attack (Austin Ward): 1,668

3. The Trombone Shorties (Adam Rittenberg): 1,526

4. Legendary Leaders (Brian Bennett): 1,338

5. Sherman Tanks (Mitch Sherman): 1,215

Melvin Gordon was the first overall pick of our draft and was easily my team MVP. He averaged a B1G-best 34.2 fantasy points per game, and it goes without saying that I wouldn’t have won without him. It was difficult for other teams to match his point totals; Gordon outscored Sherman’s entire team during his 408-yard performance in Week 12.

Ward lived and died with the Buckeyes, but the strategy almost paid off. J.T. Barrett was second in the B1G in fantasy scoring (33.2 points) and was the best-value pick in our draft at No. 23 overall. But Ward’s receivers ultimately let him down. For Rittenberg, who was atop the standings eight of the first nine weeks, his fortunes nose-dived with Ameer Abdullah’s injury. (And it didn’t help that he started the season with Rutgers RB Paul James, either.)

But with a little luck and a few good waiver-wire moves, my Coal Crackers came out on top. Rittenberg can’t boast about a Shorties dynasty anymore … and I’m already guaranteeing a repeat next season.