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Wally’s World – Week 12

Ouch. The way that players are dropping in Week 11 reminds me of the beginning of ‘Saving Private Ryan.’

The big metal door dropped and carnage has followed.

If your team survived and managed a victory this week then Uncle Waldo offers sincere kudos to you.

We even lost backups to studs such as Charcandrick West along with players on their way to big weeks like Justin Forsett.

Well, nobody has ever said it would be easy to navigate these crazy fantasy football waters.

Let’s take a look at some things Uncle Waldo found interesting this week.

How bad was the Washington Redskins running game this week?

I am glad you asked (or were going to ask).

On one carry (for four yards) Kirk Cousins outgained both Matt Jones and Alfred Morris combined. The duo put up a laughable zero yards on seven carries. [Editor’s Note: “YOU LIKE THAT!”]

Not going to lie here. I expected a much better day from Frank Gore (I know he lead the team in receiving) but was happy to see Ahmad Bradshaw score twice. [Editor’s Note: Interesting stat. Matt Hasselbeck was 9-for-9 in passes to running backs Frank Gore and Ahmad Bradshaw.]

Bradshaw keeps bouncing back from injuries like Rocky Balboa does from knockdowns. [Editor’s Note: Uncle Waldo with a very topical reference.]

DeAndre Hopkins had himself quite a day on “Revis Island.” This kid is putting up huge numbers with such mediocre quarterback play.

I was completely off base with my preseason evaluation of Hopkins.

Hey, Uncle Waldo will always be willing to admit when he is wrong. [Editor’s Note: The entire fantasy football community was down on Hopkins due to the Texans’ poor QB situation and Hopkins’ solid, but not overly impressive, first couple of years. But, with Hopkins becoming a target-monster, he currently leads the league with 137 (Julio Jones is second with 135), big stats were bound to follow. In 2014, Hopkins had 127 targets in 16 games for a stat line of 76/1210/6.]

How was that Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars game not scheduled for London?

Actually it was a perfect game for Thursday Night Football as it was ugly, sloppy and tough to watch.

Or, what we here in Michigan call a Detroit Lions game. There I go again grabbing that low hanging fruit.

On a side note, at least their uniforms matched the game. Ugh! [Editor’s Note: Sorry, Uncle Waldo, I’m loving the new crazy Thursday night uniforms. The lengths the NFL will go to in order to make a buck.]

It looks like Devin Funchess is starting to become a big part of the Carolina Panthers offense and that is very good news for Cam Newton.

Speaking of Newton…wow. Nice game, sir.

Hey, Matt Ryan. If you are going to throw three scores while your team blows a lead and loses do us a favor. Do not throw two of those touchdowns to someone named Patrick DiMarco.

The Chiefs are now using Dontari Poe as their goal line back. That must feel good to all those Charcandrick West owners out there.

Adding insult to injury is that West is nursing a hamstring issue. Pick up Spencer Ware ASAP West owners.

You are welcome. [Editor’s Note: See this clip.]

Tevin Coleman is going to be a hot pick up off the waiver wire this week with Devonta Freeman in the league’s protocol for concussions.

Coleman better play a lot better than he did Sunday to make the pick up worthwhile. [Editor’s Note: Back on August 3rd, I severely overpaid for Coleman in a dynasty league as I expected him to do what Devonta Freeman has been doing. If you can buy-low on Coleman in your dynasty league, I would do it.]

Don’t look now but the Houston Texans are tied for first place in the AFC South.

I guess that means they won’t be firing Bill O’Brien anytime soon…too bad.

Did we really just see Jameis Winston throw for five touchdowns and Doug Martin rushes for 235 yards?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are becoming the greatest show on turf!

It’s that or the fact the Eagles defense is hitting rock bottom…. like their offense.

I hope that Chip Kelly is only renting a place in Philadelphia.

About Wally Spurlin

Wally Spurlin is a Fantasy Football Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Spurlin’s work has appeared in print publications, including the FSWA award winning 2014 USA Today Fantasy Football magazine as well as the 2015 edition. Wally is also a weekly co-host on the Fantasy Football Feeding Frenzy pod cast on Fantasy Sharks Radio at Blog Talk Radio.Follow him on Twitter @WaltonSpurlin