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Sep 11, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (22) rushes the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-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% 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.

Jeff Wilson, 49ers
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total pts
13% $5,100 vs. Seahawks 49ers -8.5 42.5

The unwanted injury imp is a relentless menace. There are some fantasy managers out there with Dak Prescott (in a deep SuperFlex league no less), Tee Higgins and Elijah Mitchell on the same roster. If you’re one of those unlucky souls, playing a round of golf on a day with even a 20% chance of thunderstorms isn’t recommended. Seriously, an electrocution by lightning is a practical given.

With Mitchell nursing a multi-week knee setback, Wilson, a once indispensable RB2 in fantasy, reenters the weekly top-24 position conversation this Sunday and beyond. Even with the sophomore rusher on the field last week, the veteran Wilson played 35 of 42 offensive snaps. In total, his outward numbers were unimpressive against the upset-minded Bears, but he accumulated 11 touches.

Wilson is the RB to embrace in San Francisco. In Mitchell’s absence, Trey Lance and Deebo Samuel will remain on-the-ground staples and rookie Tyrion Davis-Price could also enter the mix, but my money is on Wilson. He’s a respectable runner (2.82 YAC/attempt in 2021) with plus-versatility. The coaching staff trusts him, too. Against a Seattle defense that yielded 5.32 yards per carry and 182 total yards to Denver RBs in the Russell Wilson humbling, Wilson is a solid bet to rack at least 15 touches.

For those already with a sparse running back room, extend an invitation.

Fearless Forecast: 14 carries, 64 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 10 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.4 fantasy points

Week 2 Bonus Flames

Melvin Gordon, Broncos
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total pts
14% $6,100 vs. Texans Broncos -10 45

Here’s what we learned in the Russell Bowl: 1) Seattle fans who rained down boos on their once-prized passer are hilariously hollow, 2) Nathaniel Hackett doesn’t subscribe to petty thoughts of clock management, 3) Denver is a full-blown RBBC. Javonte Williams may possess more shimmy and shake, but Gordon, who played on 43.8% of the snaps, carved his way to 58 rushing yards on a team-high 12 carries. Adding some extra spice in the passing game (2-14-0), he is an attractive RB2 or FLEX candidate in 12-team and deeper leagues. The Texans, who gave up a whopping 225 total yards to Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines in Week 1, are fantasy philanthropists. Their giving nature greatly assists the needy throughout Fantasyland. Behind the Broncos’ formidable offensive line and in a game likely to exhibit a positive script, the elder statesman grinds his way to useful numbers.

Fearless Forecast: 13 carries, 63 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 receptions, 11 receiving yards, 13.9 fantasy points

Devin Singletary, Bills
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total pts
24% $5,500 vs. Titans Bills -10 49.5

Resembling a moldy and unappetizing meatloaf to most on fantasy draft day, Singletary slipped considerably in drafts. With the arrival of James Cook and an offense predicated on passing, he was glossed over continuously. However, with Cook seemingly exiled after one carless carry that led to a fumble lost, the overlooked RB is firmly entrenched as Buffalo’s RB1. Zack Moss is also involved, and Singletary played on just 43.5% of team snaps against the Rams in the opener. But Singletary compiled 62 total yards on 10 touches, amassing an appreciable 3.25 YAC per attempt. Debate his services in Week 2. The Titans, de-panted by Saquon Barkley and the Giants on the ground, allowed an embarrassing 8.17 yards per carry to RBs in Week 1. Buffalo will throw a ton, but in a potentially lopsided contest, Singletary could inflict some measurable damage on 12-plus touches.

Fearless Forecast: 12 carries, 57 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 receptions, 12 receiving yards, 13.4 fantasy points

Last week: 0-3

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