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Wally’s World – Week 7

Do not let anyone tell you any different folks. The NFL (and fantasy football) is a passing league pure and simple.

There are no two ways about it and if you don’t believe old Uncle Waldo let me toss out a few numbers from Week 6.

I know. I’ve said we won’t bombard you with stats and such with this piece but these are too good to pass on.

With only the Monday Night Football game remaining there are 15 wide receivers that totaled over 100 yards receiving this week.

Seven of those receivers went for over 130 receiving yards.

By contrast, there are a total of seven running backs that reached 100 total combined rushing and receiving yards.

Enough of those pesky numbers but you get the idea.

Here are some things that stood out to Old Uncle Waldo this week.

Ah…the Chicago Bears defense was just what the fantasy doctor ordered to cure what ails Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. [Editor’s Note: Where was that crappy Bears defense in Weeks 4 and 5 versus Oakland and Kansas City, respectively? They cost me in redraft, dynasty and DFS those weeks.]

Well hello, Cameron Wake. Anxious IDP owners have been waiting for you to arrive this season.

One has to think that Lamar Miller likes the coaching change that the Miami Dolphins made.

What a great game from New Orleans tight end Ben Watson this week.

It appears that Watson’s performance may have lit a fire under former Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.

The Seahawks could certainly use the big man from here on out.

Who were those guys playing defense for the New Orleans Saints this week?

It certainly didn’t look like the unit from the first five weeks.

Seriously though. Cameron Jordan did an amazing J.J. Watt imitation Thursday night.

Wow, Devonta Freeman. Simply wow. [Editor’s Note: Dynasty owners should attempt to buy-low on Tevin Coleman. It’s not Freeman, it’s the system. Coleman had 40 yards rushing on 4 carries, but that fumble killed him.]

Next up for Freeman are the Tennessee Titans.

Yes, I’m making ‘schemey fingers’ right now. [Editor’s Note: Darn it, Uncle Waldo. Now I need to Google ‘schemey fingers’ to figure out what the hay you’re talking about.]

So, the Dallas Cowboys are hopeful to have Dez Bryant back for Week 7 following their bye. That would be the first week that Matt Cassel takes over at quarterback.

Somewhere, Brandon Weeden is shaking that over-sized head and muttering, “Oh, sure. Now Bryant comes back.”

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Here’s Brandon Weeden’s over-sized head. Now imagine him shaking it…

Another week and there’s another James Jones touchdown reception…Ho Hum.

Hello there Alshon Jeffery. Your fantasy owners have been waiting for you.

Gary Barnidge is quite the overnight success, eh?

It only took seven years for him to hit his stride. That is “If at first you don’t succeed”… at it’s finest. [Editor’s Note: Sometimes you just gotta give those backup generators a chance…]

Well-done, sir.

After watching Colin Kaepernick to throw for over 300 yards and beat the Ravens, I am guessing that head coach John Harbaugh’s name is going to continue to come up regarding the USC job. [Editor’s Note: Or, maybe there just needs to be a Harbaugh on the field for Kaepernick to be successful?]

At 1-5, I am also guessing the front office in Baltimore is telling Harbaugh to “Go ahead and take that call, John.” [Editor’s Note: Meanwhile, general manager Ozzie Newsome gets a pass for putting a team on the field that has 36-year-old soon to be retired Steve Smith, Sr. as its top WR, one-hit wonder journeyman Justin Forsett as its top RB, Crockett Gillmore at TE with Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown rounding out the WR corps. Yeah, gotta blame the coach for not being able to put all those pieces together.]

Navorro Bowman has another huge week with double-digit solo tackles for the second consecutive game.

Hopefully, that injured knee can hold up all season because the man is fun to watch.

Julius Thomas may just retain his fantasy value in Jacksonville after all. He looked pretty good this week (except for that pick-six he was a part of for the Texans) and could become a vital weapon for Blake Bortles.

Speaking of vital weapons, how good have Chris Ivory and Brandon Marshall looked for the New York Jets?

Very, very good.

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