Oct 23, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers running back D'Onta Foreman (33) runs into Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Keanu Neal (22) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-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.

D’Onta Foreman, Panthers
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
8% on Yahoo $5,300 on DraftKings vs. ATL ATL -4.5 41.5

The Christian McCaffery zip code change had immediate impactful ripple effects, even in untested formats. Yes, the current Carolina roster, by NFL standards, is equivalent to Georgia Southern’s in the mighty Sun Belt Conference, but the Panthers did improbably defeat the sinking Bucs in Week 7. (Go to Gisele begging, Tom.)

In that upending, the combo of Foreman and Chuba Hubbard proved fearsome. The former slammed his way to 145 yards on 17 touches. He, however, only racked 2.40 yards after contact per attempt. The latter rolled with 11 grips, 73 combined yards, a touchdown and a garden-variety ankle sprain. Though he reportedly could have played through the discomfort, Hubbard could take a back seat within the timeshare.

Foreman is the Panther with the most prowl for fantasy purposes. In what will continue to be a run-centric offense, he’s a viable 15-20 touch per game candidate. Assuming he receives a vigorous workload, the elevated backup enters into the RB2 conversation in 12-team leagues.

Atlanta ranks in the bottom 10 in fantasy points allowed to rushers, but the bend-don’t-break unit has surrendered 4.28 yards per carry and 81.3 rushing yards per game to RBs. Running behind a better-than-advertised offensive line — Carolina slots at No. 15 in run-blocking efficiency, according to Pro Football Focus — Foreman cracks pads en route to a top-20 RB day.

Fearless Forecast: 15 carries, 79 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 12 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 16.6 fantasy points

Week 8 Bonus Flames

Michael Carter, Jets
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
25% on Yahoo $5,900 on DraftKings vs. NE NE -1.5 40.5

New York Jets running back Michael Carter (32) runs past Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons (31) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

As a Breece Hall enthusiast in a 20-team league (yes, I have problems), the RB’s ACL dismemberment is on par with McDonald’s announcing the McRib on a “farewell tour.” However, cheers to the Carter stashers. He’s now the main man in a Jets offense predicated on running the football.

The sophomore back may not have captured Fantasyland on the surface, but his underlying data is encouraging. He’s RB16 in total evaded tackles and RB21 in yards created per touch. The former Tar Heel doesn’t own the power and speed of Hall, but he’s a more than adequate three-down rusher.

James Robinson’s acquisition complicates matters, but Carter should be good for 12-14 touches this week. New England has displayed some flimsiness defending the run, giving up 4.34 yards per carry and 133.4 total yards per game to RBs. In the end, Carter is a borderline top-20 rusher who should rattle eardrums due to volume alone.

Fearless Forecast: 13 carries, 57 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 3 receptions, 14 receiving yards, 14.7 fantasy points

Antonio Gibson, Commanders
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
22% on Yahoo $5,400 on DraftKings at IND IND -3 39.5

Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson catches a touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage (26) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The QB change bombshell in the Circle City may be the least of Frank Reich’s worries. His once-rigid defense has crumbled considerably against the run. (See both Jacksonville games.) Overall, the Colts have given up 4.12 yards per carry and 103.6 rushing yards per game.

Brian Robinson may have seized starting duties, but Washington, similar to division rival Dallas, has morphed its offense into a two-man running attack. Gibson, who’s logged roughly a 30% snap share the past two games, has displayed impressive juice on his 8-12 touches. For example, he burst to 78 combined yards and a TD on 13 total grips against the Packers.

Knowing the Colts’ trench issues and Ron Rivera’s desire to run, Gibson is a sure-fire FLEXY sexy option in 12-team and deeper formats.

Fearless Forecast: 8 carries, 49 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 receptions, 11 receiving yards, 13.0 fantasy points

Season record: 8-10

Last week: 2-1 (Tony Pollard 12.5, Travis Etienne 18.4, Brian Robinson 10.6)

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