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WALLY’S WORLD: Week 3

Another exciting weekend of NFL action is in the books so let’s head on down to Wally’s World for some quick takes on what I found interesting.

I must say that I didn’t see the Bills and Jets game as a fantasy bonanza after their week 1 performances. That was a fun game to watch which is rare for Thursday night games.

I’m guessing it was a little less fun to watch if you happen to be playing against a fantasy team with Matt Forte this week. [Editor’s Comment: I forgot to update my lineup by the start of Thursday night’s game and got stuck with Bilal Powell in my lineup. But that’s ok, if the Jets keep using Forte the way they are, Powell could be a major factor down the stretch and in the fantasy playoffs. Keep reading as there could also be another RB in the mix should Forte go down.]

It now appears that “Revis Island” has become a destination resort for wide receivers. That move to free safety can’t be far off. [Editor’s Comment: I was going to add something witty here about Revis Island, but I can’t top Uncle Waldo’s comment.]

Speaking of things that can’t be far off…start packing your bags Rex Ryan. I’d say it was fun while it lasted but I believe Bills’ fans would disagree. On the bright side, at least you and your brother Rob can carpool out of town.

It’s the defense that sucks, Rex. Firing Greg Roman is not the answer. [Editor’s Comment: It is, if you want to save your butt for a little while longer.]

That was a great Jim Plunkett impersonation by Tyrod Taylor Thursday night. Yes. Old Uncle Wally just dropped a Jim Plunkett reference…he’s that old. [Editor’s Comment: We’re just surprised that your memory is that good.]

Are Sammy Watkins owners getting nervous yet? It’s early but it may be time for Sammy to go on another “Throw me the damn ball” rant. Hey, it worked wonders last year.

In his last 18 games, Eric Decker has 15 touchdown receptions. Nice.

Sorry to get all stats crazy as we try to keep it loose in the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. [Editor’s Comment: As long as Uncle Waldo does all the math, we’re cool with it.]

Sigh…another Gronk-less weekend. Hurry back big fella.

I’m officially nervous regarding Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy and the number of injuries he’s racking up. Missed this week’s game with a quad injury and with the hip injury history it feels like he’s breaking down. Regretting stocking up on him in my IDP leagues.

On a side note…try not to be a ‘homer’ when drafting LBs…ugh.

It’s hard to not root for Josh McCown as the guy just keeps plugging along taking big hits and producing surprisingly good numbers at times. Great to see him return form the shoulder injury.

I’m guessing Corey Coleman is a pretty big McCown fan these days. Very nice game for the rookie. Not a bad day at the office for Isaiah Crowell either.

The Browns still managed to lose the game of course.

Welcome to IDP relevance DE Devin Taylor of the Detroit Lions. We’ve been impatiently waiting for you. Now let’s just hope that the injury to Ziggy Ansah isn’t a long term thing.

Let’s go ahead and welcome DE Dante Fowler of the Jacksonville Jaguars as well. Nice game kid.

Wow. Did not see a defensive struggle coming out of the Saints and Giants game after they combined for 101 points last season.

What a huge disappointment from a fantasy standpoint. Last season, Drew Brees and Eli Manning combined for 13 TD passes and managed just one between them today.

Just another reason we pull our hair out over this crazy thing called fantasy football.

Let’s stay in the land of disappointment for a moment. In the Steelers/Bengals game Antonio Brown and A.J. Green combined for six receptions for 77 yards. Which means their combined fantasy points were less than the total TE Xavier Grimble put up in the same game. [Editor’s Comment: Browns’ 4 catches for 39 yards was his lowest production with Ben Roethlisberger at QB since 12/30/12. Let’s hope that it’s now out of his system.]

Who? Exactly. You can’t make this stuff up. There goes more hair.

From the “I can’t believe what I just saw desk.” The Lions turned a first and goal from the one-yard line into a first and goal from the 31-yard line due to penalties (with two TDs called back). Then settled for a 42-yard field goal.

Wait. It’s the Detroit Lions, so I actually can believe it. As a lifelong Detroiter, I can also believe they lost the game as well…sigh.

Anyone that is just recently becoming concerned with Kirk Cousins play at QB for Washington hasn’t watched Cousins play enough. This is what you get. Bad decisions and costly mistakes.

He is what the Redskins think he is…which is why there was no long-term extension worked out with him.

So Arian Foster left the game with a groin injury? In other news…water is wet. Let’s go ahead and file the news of Jonathan Stewart‘s hamstring injury under that same news story. Worst case scenario for the Patriots would be an injury to Jimmy Garoppolo. Uh-oh. [Editor’s Comment: Keep an eye on RB Isaiah Pead should Foster have to miss any time. He very much impressed the Dolphins coaching staff during the preseason. Pead is still working his way back from a hamstring injury suffered during the preseason.]

Let the Jacoby Brissett era begin in New England. Anyone have Drew Bledsoe’s number? [Editor’s Comment: This would have been a great place for Uncle Waldo to circle back with another Jim Plunkett reference. Plunkett was drafted first overall by the Patriots back in 1971. Although, he did experience most of his NFL success with the Oakland Raiders.]

Touchdown Jesse James! I have been waiting for the chance to write Jesse James this season. Yes. I am that immature. [Editor’s Comment: How about this…a video of Cher’s Just Like Jesse James?]

Blake Bortles is looking way too much like the 2014 version of Blake Bortles early in the season for my liking. May want to hold off on printing those playoff tickets a lot of folks were predicting for the Jaguars.

That’s the DeAndre Hopkins fantasy owners know and love. How about the start to the season that Will Fuller is putting up? Very impressive.

Speaking of rookie WRs Sterling Shepard is looking like something special as well.

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