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Nov 14, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson (24) catches the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-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.

Antonio Gibson, Commanders
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
39% on Yahoo $5,600 on DraftKings at HOU WAS -3.5 40.5

Gibson, passed around fantasy leagues as though he were a tightly rolled doobie at a Phish concert, has been the definition of mood altering. Those who invested in him on draft day didn’t receive a satisfying return out the gate. His dwindling snap share in Weeks 1-4, along with Brian Robinson’s anticipated return, caused many impatient shallow-leaguers to issue him a pink slip. However, undergoing statistical repairs over the last few weeks, Gibson is finally being utilized in an area he thrived in during college — catching footballs.

That revelation, in addition to his eye-catching burst on ground attempts, has ushered in a renewal in popularity.

Yes, Gibson might not be viewed as RB2 dependable in 10-teamers, but his FLEX appeal is quite alluring particularly in PPR leagues. Five times this season, he’s scored at least 10 fantasy points in a game. Equally commendable, he ranks top-12 among RBs in yards per reception, yards per route run and catch rate.

Truth be told, the Texans would probably allow an overweight Basset Hound to surpass 100 rushing yards against them. They haven’t exactly earned their Beggin’ Strips defending running backs, to say the least. This season, Houston has surrendered 5.47 yards per carry, 187.0 total yards per game, 14 combined touchdowns and THE most fantasy points to RBs.

On his customary 40-45% opportunity share and roughly 11-13 touches, Gibson should scratch and claw his way to resourceful numbers for those in competitive formats. At a minimum, give him a “good game” at the FLEX.

Fearless Forecast: 12 carries, 41 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 15 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 13.1 fantasy points

Week 11 Bonus Flames

Gus Edwards, Ravens
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
34% on Yahoo $5,500 on DraftKings vs. CAR BAL -12.5 41.5
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Oct 23, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards (35) scores a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports

With his hamstring presumably rested and restored after the bye week, Gus the Bus is fully prepared to roll down the highway. The matchup is fantastic. Up front defensively, the Panthers trot out strawmen. On the season, they’ve yielded 4.73 yards per carry, 113.1 rushing yards per game, 13 combined TDs and the fifth-most fantasy points to RBs.

In rare instances when on the field this fall — a whopping two games — Edwards has displayed his vintage between-the-tackles brawn. Against the Browns and Buccaneers, he tallied 65-plus yards in each, scored twice and amassed an impressive 4.22 yards after contact per attempt. On what should be north of 13 touches, he’s in line to smash his way to quality numbers in Week 11.

Fearless Forecast: 14 carries, 59 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 reception, 7 receiving yards, 13.1 fantasy points

Isiah Pacheco, Chiefs
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
55% on Yahoo $5,300 on DraftKings at LAC KC -6.5 50
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Nov 13, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (10)runs the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is clearly a man on a milk carton. With CEH registering action on just five snaps last week, Pacheco, the fall-forward rookie RB, and do-it-all vet Jerick McKinnon have usurped Edwards-Helaire in the Chiefs backfield. Pacheco hasn’t tickled fantasy fancies since Week 1, but, similar to his running style, he’s on the verge of a strong finish. His steady increase in snap share and 3.17 YAC per attempt are promising indicators.

Kansas City’s schedule for the rest of the season (the top-five easiest for a RB) also paints a rosy picture. The surge could commence this Sunday. Well-documented in this space, the Chargers are horrendous defending the run. This season, they’ve allowed an unreal 5.72 yards per carry, 133.4 rushing yards per game, 13 combined TDs and the third-most fantasy points to the position. In the end, this may be the first of many matchup-altering performances in your league for Pacheco.

Fearless Forecast: 15 carries, 72 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 13.2 fantasy points

Season record: 13-14

Last week: 1-2 (Tony Pollard 20.3, Nyheim Hines 1.4, Cordarrelle Patterson 2.5)

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