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Oh, my! Once again, the NFL season has kicked off with a week of games no one could have predicted.

Did anyone see the Miami Dolphins taking the Seattle Seahawks to the wire? No. I didn’t think so.

It’s great to see real live NFL action once again and as puzzling as ever to figure out what may happen.

That’s why these jaunts down the fantasy road in the Wagon Queen Family Truckster are so much fun.

So let’s fire up the engine and get to it…

If you started Andy Janovich then you should be writing this column. [Editor’s Note: You asked for it Uncle Waldo…next week Andy’s mom will be taking over.]

If you started C.J. Anderson (like I suggested in the Start/Bench article) then you are giving Janovich the ‘stink eye’ for stealing another possible score.

Yes. Anderson had a great game anyway.

Yes. Fantasy owners are greedy folks and always want more points. Just ask Latavius Murray owners how they feel about Jamize Olawale and Jalen Richard.

On a related note, this Richard kid is a waiver wire must add. [Editor’s Note: I already own him in about 4 dynasty leagues with deep rosters. There are a couple with smaller rosters where I’ll have to think about adding him. As for redraft, I’d be careful, because if you take away his 75-yard TD run, he would have finished with 20 combined yards on 4 total touches.]

So much for all that limiting Kelvin Benjamin’s snaps talk before the game. He played 51 of the 72 offensive snaps.

Welcome back to fantasy relevance Mr. Benjamin.

Demaryius Thomas owners as well as the Broncos are holding their collective breath awaiting the second opinion on his MRI.

The last thing Trevor Siemian needs is to lose a major weapon. That being said the kid had a solid first game.

Have to admit that the opening weekend was a little less interesting without ‘Gronk.’ Hopefully the hamstring doesn’t sideline him for too long.

Ugh. Hate to see Keenan Allen go down with that non-contact injury. He was having a big day and is likely out for the season with what’s initially been reported as a torn ACL. [Editor’s Note: I traded Jay Ajayi and Josh Gordon in the offseason for Allen and a 2017 1st-rounder. With Ajayi being left behind in Miami, I was just starting to think that I had gotten the better side of this deal…]

Travis Benjamin is now the go-to guy for Philip Rivers. Last season Dontrelle Inman stepped up when Allen was out and is a name to keep in mind from the waiver wire. [Editor’s Note: Don’t forget about Tyrell Williams.]

Look for a boost in targets for both Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates as well.

Losing the game after having a big lead in addition to Allen’s injury is simply adding insult to injury.

That 30-yard touchdown catch by Austin Seferian-Jenkins is why I can’t give up on the kid. If he can stay out of the doghouse his ceiling is enormous.

Did LBs Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David switch jerseys this week for the Buccaneers? Great game for Alexander.

Quarterback? The Minnesota Vikings don’t need no stinkin’ quarterback. Not with the way their defense played this week. That’s a hard-hitting big-play unit.

Let’s do a quick check on how Old Uncle Waldo’s ‘breakout’ TE Jared Cook did in the Packers’ Week 1 victory. Two targets with one reception for seven yards…sigh.

On the plus side, Cook had a better week than both Gary Barnidge and Coby Fleener. So he’s got that going for him.

The Raiders put up 35 points on the New Orleans Saints and Derek Carr has one touchdown? Shame on you son.

Look no further than your QB counterpart in the game, Drew Brees. Ho-hum. Another 400-yard passing game and four TDs.

That being said, it’s going to be fun watching Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks putting up huge numbers all season long in weekly shootouts. The Saints defense is still that bad.

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