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WALLY’S WORLD: Week 14

Welcome to a very special trip to Wally’s World as the majority of this week’s article will be written on my birthday. [Editor’s Comment: Happy Birthday, Uncle Waldo!]

Yes. Old Uncle Waldo just got a bit older.

For the sake of full disclosure, I must inform folks that I will be having my wife’s famous homemade lasagna for dinner and ‘bumpy cake’ for dessert(AKA: my B-Day cake). [Editor’s Comment: Mmm…homemade lasagna. Sounds delicious.]

In other words, there’s a good chance I put this puppy to bed by halftime of the Sunday Night Football game. Hey, it’s my birthday so cut an old man some slack.

I can’t really blame the low fantasy outputs from the Vikings and Cowboys game being on Thursday Night Football. This would have been a low-scoring affair no matter what day it was played on.

We’ll take the solid numbers that Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant put up against that tough Minnesota defense.

The goose egg that Jason Witten had stings a bit though. For the record, it was the first time since 2008 that he was held without a catch.

Can we blame the bad officiating on this being a Thursday night game? Nah. It’s been pretty bad on Sunday’s and Monday’s as well.

So we can close the book on the 2016 season for Rob Gronkowski as he once again has undergone back surgery. For those counting at home that’s the third of his career. [Editor’s Comment: In a dynasty league prior to the season, I traded Gronk for a 2017 1st round pick and Tyler Higbee.]

Yes. That’s worrisome.

Hopefully ‘Gronk’ owners went out and picked up Dennis Pitta. It was nice to see him score for the first time since 2013 after battling a wicked set of hip injuries. As a matter of fact, it was so nice that he did it twice this week. We can even forgive the fumble that led to a short Dolphins touchdown drive in a blowout win. [Editor’s Comment: Those in dynasty leagues may want to stash Baltimore TE Darren Waller. He’s a converted WR with some nice upside.]

Must admit, I didn’t foresee Joe Flacco blowing up that way against a Dolphins defense that had been playing better lately. I guess that’s why they play the games, eh?

Look at Old Uncle Waldo getting all philosophical. [Editor’s Comment: With age comes wisdom.]

Ho Hum. Another week and another pick-six thrown by Blake Bortles. Old Uncle Waldo has said it before and he’ll say it again, always start the Defense Special Teams/(D/ST) facing Bortles…always.

So much for the idea of streaming Colin Kaepernick this week against a banged up Bears defense. Through the first three quarters, Kaepernick had one completion for four-yards.

You read that right…one completion.

Kaepernick was rightfully benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert.

The Jordan Howard train just keeps on rolling. Three more touchdowns for the rookie today and over 100 rushing yards. Congratulations to anyone that owns the youngster as I’m guessing your season continues after that performance.

Let me be the first to say that it’s not a good idea to rely on Green Bay’s Aaron Ripkowski scoring another touchdown next week. You are welcome.

That being said, it’s likely a good idea to avoid the Packers’ running back situation all together as it’s a hot mess. Once again, hybrid WR/RB Ty Montgomery was heavily in the mix and led the team in rushing. [Editor’s Comment: Remember when Eddie Lacy and P90X were a thing?]

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