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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) looks to pass while pressured by New York Jets linebacker Quincy Williams (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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% of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week. Scoring thresholds in .5 PPR format are — QB: 18 fantasy points, RB: 12 fantasy points (10 for shockers), WR: 11 fantasy points, TE: 10 fantasy points.

Mac Jones, Patriots
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
4% on Yahoo $5,100 on DraftKings at MIN MIN -3 42.5

Coordinating travel to Detroit around a historic multi-day snow event in which 66 inches of the white stuff blanketed Orchard Park within 24 hours — that, my fantasy friends, is the rough equivalent to individuals in challenging leagues have experienced rostering Mac Jones.

Only once this season has the New England quarterback topped 18 fantasy points in a given week. Temporarily usurped by fan favorite Bailey Zappe, the former Alabama standout isn’t exactly Tom Brady 2.0. Heck, he may be only half Drew Bledsoe if Patriots zealots are lucky. Currently QB19 or worse in three different completion percentage categories, Jones is more or less a glorified game manager in a run-based attack (No. 8 in run percentage). Still, he’s a plug-and-play option.

On Turkey Day, those deep-thinking gamers who emerge from their tryptophan-induced naps should weigh the passer’s services. For the Pats to compete with sudden Super Bowl contender Minnesota, Jones must exhibit an active and accurate arm. Many QBs who’ve faced the Vikings secondary have achieved both.

This season, the Purple People “Greeters” have yielded 8.08 passing yards per attempt, 284.4 passing yards per game, 16 total touchdowns and the fifth-most fantasy points to signal callers. Throw in their stoutness on the ground, and Jones must unleash for his squad to be competitive.

Fearless Forecast: 219 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 13 rushing yards, 19.3 fantasy points

Week 12 Bonus Flame

Taylor Heinicke, Commanders
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
9% on Yahoo $5,300 on DraftKings vs. ATL WAS -4.5 42
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Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) throws against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Carson Wentz should man the fry rack at the nearest, greasiest fast-food joint. He isn’t worth 28 cents, let alone $28.2 million.

Heinicke, the more affordable, promoted backup, is unquestionably the better team value and more trustworthy producer. In his five games this season, he’s completed over 60% of his attempts and ranks top-12 in deep-ball completion percentage. He’s spread the ball around effectively and established a box-score rattling rapport with playmaker Terry McLaurin.

This week, it should be more of the same. Atlanta’s bottom-feeding secondary has surrendered 7.63 passing yards per attempt, 277.4 passing yards per game, 19 total touchdowns and the ninth-most fantasy points to the position. For the Mahomes manager looking for a splashy bye-week stream, maximize this matchup.

Fearless Forecast: 232 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 12 rushing yards, 20.8 fantasy points

Season record: 13-8

Last week: 2-0 (Aaron Rodgers 19.4, Daniel Jones 30.1)

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