Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) celebrates after a touchdown pass with center David Andrews (60) and offensive tackle Trent Brown (77) against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Each week, the Noise highlights under-started names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. To qualify, each player must be started in fewer than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week.

Scoring thresholds (.5 PPR) — QB: 18 fantasy points, RB: 12 fantasy points (10 for shockers), WR: 11 fantasy points, TE: 10 fantasy points.

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Mac Jones, Patriots, QB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total points
22 percent $5,400 vs. Titans Patriots -5.5 44.5

Climbing up the Offensive Rookie of the Year board in recent weeks, Jones is suddenly the favorite over Ja’Marr Chase (+125 on DraftKings) and Najee Harris (+1200). The accolades are warranted. New England is rolling. Defensively, Bill Belichick’s group has forced numerous turnovers while the 1-2 punch of Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris have blasted through arm tackles. Balanced and dangerous, the Pats are the legitimate contender few are giving much respect. Demolitions like the one doled out in Atlanta could become a common occurrence down the stretch.

Kyler Murray and Patrick Mahomes managers who are scrambling for a streaming option should give Jones a long look. His matchup against a breakable Tennessee secondary is quite enticing. This season, Mike Vrabel’s unit has yielded 7.02 pass yards per attempt, 270.7 passing yards per game, 18 total vertical strikes and the fourth-most fantasy points to signal callers. Jones, who ranks inside the top 10 in several completion percentage categories and has three multi-TD efforts over his past six games, is a sneaky candidate to reach 20-plus fantasy points.

Fearless Forecast: 258 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 turnovers, 5 rushing yards, 21.4 fantasy points

Javonte Williams, Broncos, RB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total points
46 percent $5,200 vs. Chargers Chargers -3 47

Conservatorship, adios. Britney is finally free. Now the courts, demanded by millions of fantasy managers, should do the same for Williams. “Freakish” best describes the rookie. He reads, recognizes and reacts with extraordinary short-field quickness. Just how special is he? Prior to Denver’s one-week siesta, he was the league pacesetter in total missed tackles forced with 38. What’s mind-blowing about that fact? He juked shoes on 58 fewer carries than Jonathan Taylor, who ranked No. 2 with 37. Also top 15 among eligible RBs in yards after contact per attempt and total yards created, Williams is a punishing young rusher with a blindingly bright future. After Melvin Gordon coughed up the football in a pivotal late-game moment in Week 10, Williams could finally earn more opportunities.

In a critical intra-divisional showdown against the Chargers, the Broncos, revitalized after the bye, need to lean on #JuggernautJavonte. If platefuls are dished, he could ingest multiple chunk gains. The Chargers are one of the most generous run defenses in the league. This season, they’ve conceded 4.67 yards per carry, 144.8 total yards per game, 14 combined TDs and the fourth-most fantasy points to the position. Even if the strict 50-50 committee remains in place, Williams is unquestionably a RB2 with four teams on a bye. Buy a ticket on the rocket ship.

Fearless Forecast: 14 attempts, 60 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 15 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.0 fantasy points

Ty Johnson, Jets, RB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total points
4 percent $4,300 at Texans Texans -3 44

You want it. You got it. You want it. Baby, you got it. The Jets’ Young MC, sadly, won’t bust a move this week. One of the few vibrant spots on a Jets team with dull offensive options, Michael Carter is slowly becoming the franchise’s cornerstone rusher. Over the past five games, he has averaged 17.4 touches per contest, netting 101.5 total yards per game. Kicking in 3.30 yards after contact per attempt and a spectacular 25.9 percent missed tackle rate, he graduated from FLEX to reliable weekly RB2, yet few took notice. Unfortunately, a low-grade high-ankle sprain will have him in street clothes the next two weeks, elevating the profiles of Johnson and Tevin Coleman. The former, who’s often thrived as a receiver, boasts the most potential for those willing to walk the tightrope.

In a battle for supreme futility, the Jets travel to Houston to take on the mostly punchless Texans, who are possibly and understandably overconfident after a jaw-dropping win in Tennessee. This season, Lovie Smith’s defense has surrendered 4.81 yards per carry, 146.6 total yards per game, 11 combined touchdowns and the seventh-most fantasy points to rushers. The distribution in touches between Johnson and Coleman is anyone’s best guess, but even if the workload is split down the middle, roughly 11-13 touches is buyable for the former Terp, especially if the game script turns negative.

Fearless Forecast: 10 carries, 40 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 22 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.7 fantasy points


Nov 14, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) reacts after making a first down in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Gallup, Cowboys, WR
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total points
39 percent $5,900 vs. Raiders Cowboys -7 51.5

Turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, endless supply of additional carbohydrates, a spread of sweets that rivals Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory — Thanksgiving is all about the gluttony. For those not on the West Coast, by the time Raiders/Cowboys kicks off, most viewers will be slowly dozing off as the tryptophan coursing through the veins slips them into a temporary coma. Fantasy fans, however, will be wide awake clutching the edge of their seats in anticipation of what should be a buffet of points. With Amari Cooper on the COVID-19 list and CeeDee Lamb doubtful (concussion), expect Gallup to serve up plenty. Totaling eight catches (on 15 targets) and 86 yards in two games since returning from an injured calf, he’s sure to tickle the taste buds in an expanded role.

Las Vegas’ defense typically deals pocket rockets to the opposition. The Raiders have conceded just 6.44 pass yards per attempt, but 10 wide receivers in total have crossed the 11-fantasy point threshold against them. Dallas’ offense is the definition of Jekyll and Hyde, however, Gallup, expected to draw a ton of CB Brandon Facyson, has an outstanding paper matchup. The Raider has given up 14.3 yards per catch and a 101.3 passer rating to his assignments. Cranked volume. Beatable opponent. Ticked off Dak. Thanksgiving Day. The table is set for a WR2-level performance.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 68 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.3 fantasy points

Darnell Mooney, Bears, WR
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total points
29 percent $5,700 at Lions Bears -3.5 42.5

Frustrated fantasy managers who banged their heads against the wall over Mooney's production lapse need to give the sophomore receiver a pass. Despite Justin Fields’ slow development and an offensive scheme centered around the ground game, he, up until last week’s explosive 111 yards and a TD against Baltimore, ranked well outside the wide receiver starting ranks. Still, his handsome air yards percentage and sizable target share — he booked an unreal 16 looks in Week 11 — inspire hope that the turnaround is underway. With Fields' bruised ribs forcing the Bears to start to Andy Dalton, a more traditional pocket passer, the situation could provide the necessary spark to light the wick for the second straight week. Allen Robinson being very iffy also enhances the chances.

Standing around the deep fryer with barley pop in hand may be more riveting compared to enduring Bears vs. Lions, but tailing Mooney can at least present some entertainment. The opponent, after all, is downright delectable. Detroit has allowed 8.27 pass yards per attempt and slots inside the top half in fantasy points yielded to wide receivers. Glancing past the superficial, he is in a high-advantage position. Whether in the slot against A.J. Parker (120.8 passer rating allowed) or working outside against Jerry Jacobs (96.3), Mooney should win battle after battle. In other words, view him as a WR2 in 12-team leagues.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 77 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 16.2 fantasy points

Shocker Special (Under 10% started)

DeAndre Carter, Washington, WR
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total points
2 percent $3,500 vs. Seahawks Seahawks -2.5 47

Pulling the wishbone is a Thanksgiving Day tradition shared by many families. For the party that scores the longer side, good luck is supposed to follow. Those who put their fortunes behind the overlooked Carter could score statistical sustenance. Despite his 5-foot-8, 198-pound frame, the receiver has developed into a preferred Taylor Heinicke option in and around the red zone. The wideout’s quick twitch and separation savvy has allowed for the pair to connect for six in three straight games. Due to his wide availability in Yahoo leagues, his production surge has mainly gone unnoticed. Wake up and smell the stats, deep leaguers.

This week, Carter is an employable FLEX option in competitive formats. The Fighting Footballs host a Seattle secondary that has shown some improvement but remains a plus matchup. Often out of position and out of sorts, the ‘Hawks have given up 31 pass plays of 20-plus yards. Carter’s primary projected shadow, Sidney Jones, has allowed a 132.4 passer rating and 65.6 catch percentage. If you’re digging for a hidden treasure, particularly a low-dollar option in DFS, the white-hot Carter is worth entertaining.

Fearless Forecast: 3 receptions, 49 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 12.4 fantasy points


Nov 21, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Washington Football Team wide receiver DeAndre Carter (1) celebrates with running back J.D. McKissic (41) after catching a touchdown pass in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Bonus Flames

QB: Carson Wentz, Colts (vs. Buccaneers; 15% started in Yahoo; $5,800 on DraftKings) — Just give Jonathan Taylor enthusiasts the trophy now. Indy’s Clydesdale is stampeding through the competition, generating 64.7 percent of his rush yards after initial contact. His 50-plus fantasy-point blitz of Buffalo, the 11th-best performance by a rusher since 1970, has everyone in the league on notice. This is splendid news for Wentz in Week 12. With Tampa Bay presumably hell bent on containing Taylor, exploitable passing lanes could be plentiful for the veteran QB. Expect numerous chunk gains to Michael Pittman and T.Y. Hilton. The Bucs secondary has fought through various injuries, which mostly explains why they’ve yielded 253.3 passing yards per game, 18 total passing touchdowns and the 12th-most fantasy points to QBs. With Tampa possibly down pocket collapser Vita Vea for another week, Wentz should have abundant time to plant and fire. He’s on schedule to rack his seventh multi-TD effort in his last nine contests. (FF: 264-2-0-11-0, 22.3)

RB: Elijah Mitchell, 49ers (vs. Vikings; 35% started in Yahoo; $5,400 on DraftKings) — Clearing the deck, Deebo Samuel is the best running back currently on San Francisco’s roster. There really isn’t much of an argument. Mitchell, however, is an outstanding secondary act. The wide receiver’s usage last week throws support behind Mitchell reclaiming the workload lion’s share, if he returns. Jeff Wilson Jr. proved unexciting with his 19 carries, amassing a mediocre 2.47 yards after contact per attempt. The rookie, who is second only to Nick Chubb in YAC per attempt (4.03), should renew his tackle-busting ways. Minnesota defenders couldn’t wrap up your grandma in a Turkey Bowl game. On the year, the Vikes have given up 4.46 yards per carry, 130.7 total yards per game, 10 total touchdowns and the 11th-most fantasy points to the position. In an offense sporting the fourth-highest run rate in the league, Mitchell strikes it rich on what should be a hefty workload. (FF: 20-88-1, 1-7-0, 16.0)

RB: Miles Sanders, Eagles (at Giants; 38% started in Yahoo; $5,000 on DraftKings) — Calculus III. That best describes how complicated the Eagles backfield has been. However, removing Jordan Howard from the equation, who will miss at least a week with a knee sprain, simplifies the math. In Nick Sirianni’s run-heavy attack, Sanders should rack the numbers. Resurfacing last week after a multi-week injury absence, the incumbent looked the part. Outside of a fumble lost, his 16 carries for 94 yards against a usually unforgiving Saints defense proved to be a pleasant surprise. Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell and Jalen Hurts will siphon touches, but another 15-17 pigskin grips are on the docket. The Giants, pummeled by Tampa from start to finish last Monday, are a team worthy of many thanks … when matched against them. This season, they’ve allowed 4.55 yards per carry, 153.4 total yards per game, eight combined scores and the eighth-most fantasy points to RBs. Behind a peaking Philly offensive line winning at the LOS, Sanders plows into the position’s top 20. (FF: 16-71-1, 2-12-0, 15.3)

WR: Odell Beckham Jr., Rams (at Packers; 23% started in Yahoo; $5,100 on DraftKings) — Forget hurling soft pretzels at the haters, Kelly Stafford. If someone dares to voice something negative about her quarterback at the Thanksgiving table, no matter how warranted the admonishment, a sharp response will be sent flying in their general direction. Exposed in recent games, Matthew Stafford’s midseason slump reached a crescendo in San Francisco. Under pressure and unable to move the Rams offense steadily down the field, he notched his second-straight sub-20 fantasy point performance. OBJ, however, is the gravy shot L.A. sorely needs. Pressed into action immediately (27.8 snap percentage, 10 routes run), his role is set to grow considerably. With Robert Woods out for the season, Beckham is the WR2 in a still explosive offense. Suppress your pre-baked biases. The opportunity is clear and present. Refreshed off the bye and presumably with the team’s terminology absorbed, he should log at least 60 percent of the snaps in another colossal NFC showdown, this time against Green Bay. Whether against Kevin King (116.3 passer rating allowed) or Eric Stokes (89.1), Beckham is primed for a renaissance. (FF: 4-67-1, 14.7)

Last week’s results

Week 11 record: 3-7 (Season: 48-55)

Wins: Cam Newton, Adam Trautman, Kadarius Toney

Losses: Justin Fields, A.J. Dillon, Jeff Wilson Jr., Brandin Cooks, Rashod Bateman, D’Onta Foreman, Rhamondre Stevenson

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