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Wally’s World – Week 17

Week 16 certainly fell in line with what has been one of the strangest fantasy football seasons Old Uncle Waldo can remember.

That certainly wasn’t the revenge game folks were hoping for from DeSean Jackson. [Editor’s Comment: With a stat line of 4/40/0, Jackson suddenly became a team player and focused on the win.]

On the flip side, there are a lot of smiling Pierre Garcon owners right now.

This just in… Jordan Reed owners are winning some championships.

Here’s a quick fun fact and something to file away for future reference.

When Zach Ertz plays against the Washington Redskins in Week 16 you start him.

Over the past two years in Week 16 tilts between the teams, Ertz has been targeted 35 times and has 28 receptions.

So, Kirk Cousins has become a fantasy football star. I really never thought I would be typing that and I am a huge Michigan State fan. [Editor’s Comment: It’s OK, Uncle Waldo. Few had the foresight that Mike Shanahan did back in 2012 when he drafted Cousins in the 4th round after being forced to mortgage the future by owner Daniel Snyder in a trade that landed them Robert Griffin III.]

Malcolm Smith was an afterthought on the Seattle defense after being the Super Bowl MVP. He has been a stalwart on the Raiders defense as well as in IDP leagues and figures to be so in the future. [Editor’s Comment: I picked up Malcolm Smith in mid-November after he was dropped by another team. Ironically, I’m facing the that very same team in the championship of our experts league. Thankfully, he did drop Smith, as Smith scored 22.3 fantasy points this week, compared to a total of 20.3 fantasy points for his three LBs combined.]

This week worked out just as Latavius Murray owners hoped it would. In a season full of injuries and disappointments it was nice to see things fall into place at a critical time at the RB position. [Editor’s Comment: Me thinks most of Murray’s owners were already on vacation.]

Of course, some more second half production would have been nice.

Another name to keep in mind for 2016 is Dontrelle Inman of the Chargers.

Playing opposite of Keenan Allen he could post great numbers next season as Malcom Floyd and Stevie Johnson are on the way out. [Editor’s Comment: Inman will turn 27 years old in January, and I find it hard to believe that the Chargers brass will feel comfortable with Inman as the Chargers’ No. 2 WR in 2016.]

We can avoid Inman in Week 17 as the Chargers face the Denver Broncos.

Hats off to the Raiders for trying to give Charles Woodson the chance to win the game in overtime on offense.

Owners in PPR formats (and standard leagues in Week 15) have loved Danny Woodhead lately. It’s too bad that his performance in the previous month was so dismal that he likely cost teams the chance to get to the playoffs. [Editor’s Comment: See Latavius Murray.]

A full season of DeAngelo Hall at safety could be an interesting IDP option in 2016.

The way Frank Gore looked this week is why I was pimping him so hard in the preseason. Unfortunately, weeks like this one were too few and far between for Gore over the season.

Brandon Weeden is now passing and running for touchdowns as the quarterback for the Houston Texans.

That has got to be hard for Cowboys’ fans to take. Yes. I am piling on but there’s not a team that deserves it more than Jerry’s group. [Editor’s Comment: Speaking of Cowboys’ fans, what are the odds that Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith will have the Cowboys as a debate topic today?]

As long as that team employs Greg Hardy all bad things that happen…well…what is the saying? “Karma is a …” [Editor’s Comment: Oh, Uncle Waldo, life should be so simple.]

Kawann Short led a lot of IDP teams to a championship this week. The kid is a name to keep high in rankings come fantasy draft day 2016.

Another name we want to remember at the DE position in 2016 drafts is Demarcus Lawrence of the Cowboys. The kid is finally healthy and flat out getting after quarterbacks down the stretch.

Zach Mettenberger has thrown an interception in every game he has started. Just thought I would throw that fun fact in.

Remember when the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills met in back-to-back Super Bowls way back when?

Those blowouts were more fun to watch than the debacle between the teams on Sunday. Ugh.

Well…unless you owned Karlos Williams or Mike Gillislee.

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