Miami Dolphins running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (23) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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 Jr., Dolphins 
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
41% on Yahoo $5,900 on DraftKings vs. HOU MIA -13.5 47

The world may be fixated on a certain event in a place where the natural gas reserve is bottomless, but to a select few with gaming interests, Wilson packs plenty of fuel in his own right.

Since his jettisoning to Miami via trade, Wilson has rediscovered the ground explosiveness he often displayed with the 49ers. The reuniting with head coach Mike McDaniel, who was San Francisco’s run game coordinator (2017-2020) and offensive coordinator (2021), will likely help Wilson become a top-20 RB producer down the homestretch. So far with the Dolphins, on roughly 52% of the snaps played, he’s amassed 215 total yards and two touchdowns on 19 touches.

Fellow former Niners RB Raheem Mostert will continue to tag-team, but, at a minimum, Wilson is entrenched as a 14-plus-carry contributor each week. In an offense with flammability on par with a bone-dry Yule Log drenched in lighter fluid, he should thrive against friendly fronts.

Possibly more amiable than your jovial family around the Thanksgiving table are the Houston Texans. When it comes to defending the run, they graciously serve the masses. This season, they’ve surrendered 5.30 yards per carry, 153.6 rushing yards per game, 14 total touchdowns and THE most fantasy points per game to RBs. Visions of Derrick Henry mowing them down are still fresh. In what should be a positive game script, Wilson munches some grass.

Fearless Forecast: 15 carries, 72 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 2 receptions, 14 receiving yards, 15.6 fantasy points 

Week 12 Bonus Flames

Latavius Murray, Broncos
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
5% on Yahoo $5,000 on DraftKings at CAR DEN -2.5 36.5

Denver Broncos running back Latavius Murray (28) runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Denver, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Adios, Melvin Gordon and your noticeably sour attitude. With the unsatisfied RB released to find greener pastures, Murray becomes Denver’s slam dunk No. 1 option.

Chase Edmonds, the recently acquired third-down back, won’t push for touches as he’s sidelined indefinitely with a high-ankle sprain. Murray should be locked in to 15-20 touches per game possibly for the remainder of the season. The workload alone brightens his RB2 potential in Week 12. So does the matchup.

The toothless Panthers have conceded 4.71 yards per carry, 140.1 total yards per game, 13 combined TDs and the fifth-most fantasy points to RBs. Yes, the Broncos offense as a whole induces vomiting, but Murray’s TD threat and volume should spell any queasiness. Believe it or not, he’s a top-20 option in Week 12.

Fearless Forecast: 17 carries, 58 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 2 receptions, 11 receiving yards, 13.9 fantasy points

James Cook, Bills
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
2% on Yahoo $4,400 on DraftKings at DET BUF -9.5 54.5

Nov 20, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Buffalo Bills running back James Cook (28) runs the ball as Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) attempts to tackle during the first half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

He may not be a workhorse like his brother Dalvin, but the younger Cook oozes giddyup. He also has displayed Clydesdale-like power.

On 44 rushing attempts this season, Cook has tallied an impressive 3.68 yards after contact per attempt and 25.0 missed tackle rate. By no means is Devin Singletary boarding a plane for a permanent Tahiti vacation. He’ll continue to log 60-70% of the opportunity share. Still, if Cook siphons off 30-40% consistently, he owns substantial value on a presumed 9-13 touches per game.

Truthfully, the Lions have shown some improvement defensively. Their efforts bottling up Saquon Barkley last Sunday (15-22-0) were nothing short of shocking. Still, Detroit has surrendered 4.75 yards per carry, 129.0 total yards per game, 12 touchdowns and the eighth-most fantasy points to RBs. Terrific last Sunday in the Motor City (11-86-0 vs. Cleveland) and given the quick turnaround, Cook again serves up a delicious platter of FLEX-worthy points.

Fearless Forecast: 10 carries, 62 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 reception, 5 receiving yards, 13.2 fantasy points

Season record: 14-16

Last week: 1-2 (Antonio Gibson 12.8, Michael Carter 2.2, Isiah Pacheco 10.7)

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