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Wally’s World – Week 16

The fantasy football playoffs are in full swing and things are getting wacky and wild!

Fantasy owners were forced to try and figure out which backup running backs would come through at crunch time.

I’m guessing no one started New England’s Joey Iosefa and plenty of folks started Brandon Bolden. Sigh, thanks, Bill Belichick. [Editor’s Comment: C’mon, Uncle Waldo, we shouldn’t be surprised by Belichick’s tomfoolery when it comes to his running backs. That’s the reason I’ve shied away from James White in daily games.]

I’m also going out on a limb here and say not many folks rolled Mike Gillislee out this week. [Editor’s Comment: Don’t forget about Karlos Williams who matched Gillislee’s four carries (41 yards).]

LeSean McCoy owners better sprint to the waiver wire this week for the kid.

That was a nice performance for Tavon Austin, totaling 73 yards on his eight touches and scoring twice. Austin certainly made those owners brave enough to start him very happy.

Uncle Waldo is playing against two such owners this week. Lucky me.

Some folks were losing faith in Mike Evans but hopefully didn’t sit the kid. He and Jameis Winston are going to be a very nice fantasy duo for years to come.

After having given him a hard time in recent articles, Uncle Waldo will admit that Case Keenum actually looked good against Tampa Bay.

Yes, that was difficult to write.

No. We don’t ever start Keenum for fantasy purposes.

That was not the game that Chris Ivory owners were hoping for. Ouch.

It’s OK. Lamar Miller owners know exactly how you feel. Ugh.

Eddie Lacy owners would also like to join this club. Blegh.

While he didn’t have a sack this week, Aaron Donald continued to be a disruptive force and is quickly becoming the J.J. Watt of defensive tackles.

Dallas should give Roger Staubach a call. He stays in shape and can’t be worse than what Dallas has been rolling out at quarterback. [Editor’s Comment: Uncle Waldo’s showing his age, as the Cowboys could also call Troy Aikman who’s about 25 years younger than Staubach.]

Another week and another Eric Decker touchdown … yawn.

The man has been money all year long. [Editor’s Comment: This never would have been the case if not for IK Enemkpali.]

Kirk Cousins gets it done this week with his arm and legs.

“You Like That!”

We also like a five-touchdown week from Teddy Bridgewater.

It’s too bad a lot of owners likely had Cousins and Bridgewater on their bench.

We certainly weren’t anticipating a Zach Mettenberger sighting as well as a Brandon Weeden appearance.

More unexpectedly, they both performed OK.

I wonder how Dallas fans feel after seeing Weeden lead Hoston to a win. [Editor’s Comment: Maybe Jerry Jones was right in is glowing assessment of Weeden.]

Did anyone else sit Sammy Watkins in favor of Doug Baldwin?

Really? Was I the only one? Sigh. [Editor’s Comment: Did it really come down to Watkins or Baldwin? Who were your other WRs, Uncle Waldo?]

Adrian Peterson owners have to be sick after seeing Minnesota score 38 points and not one touchdown for their running back that also tweaked an ankle. [Editor’s Comment: Minnesota took Chicago to the wood shed and Peterson wasn’t involved…]

Sometimes things just don’t work out.

Congratulations to all those Rashad Jennings owners who stuck it out and started him this week.

I kid, of course, as no one was starting Jennings this week.

Really Shane Vereen? Now you score?

Really Danny Woodhead? Now you score (four freaking times)?

Yes. Uncle Waldo benched Woodhead and Vereen both this week in his local long-running points per reception league … sigh. [Editor’s Comment: Looks like Uncle Waldo should be paying Fantasy Sharks to write this column as it appears to be quite therapeutic for him.]

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