Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins (12) runs past Washington Commanders safety Bobby McCain (20) after making a catch during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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.

Nico Collins, WR, Texans
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
11% on Yahoo $4,100 on DraftKings at MIA MIA -13.5 47

Inserting any Texan not named Dameon Pierce into your fantasy starting lineup is like an annoying relative recommending you drown a perfectly baked bird with cranberry sauce. To most, Collins may be an unwanted option, but for those not averse to a rising second-year wide receiver who’s in the midst of a targets surge, he’s someone to debate — heavily.

Over the past two weeks, Collins has averaged 30.0 routes per game, enticed 17 targets and grabbed 10 receptions. In those matchups against the Giants and Commanders, he failed to reach 50 yards, but with his top-25 status in yards per reception (14.4), the usage increase shouldn’t be immediately dismissed, particularly in a game in which the measurable underdog is sure to endure plentiful garbage time.

Miami’s offense has everyone in fantasy feeling steamy. It’s justifiable. The blazing speed of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle and the growth of Tua Tagovailoa as a passer have the Dolphins on a playoff path. Still, Miami’s secondary is sorely lacking. Collins’ projected assignment, former Texans CB Keion Crossen, has allowed an ultra-generous 19.9 yards per catch and 137.5 passer rating. As a group, the Dolphins have given up 7.23 passing yards per attempt and 11 12-plus fantasy-point performances to WRs.

Few will boot, scoot and boogie for the Texans, but Collins could groove his way to more than a serviceable week.

\Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 53 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 13.8 fantasy points \

Trey McBride, TE, Cardinals
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
3% on Yahoo $3,100 on DraftKings vs. LAC LAC -4.5 47.5

Oct 2, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Trey McBride (85) runs in the open against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

With the Dachshund of the Desert, Kyler Murray, reportedly kenneled due to a tender hamstring, Colt McCoy is again slated for snaps under center. Sticking with the promoted-backup theme, McBride, the club’s TE1 since Zach Ertz’s knee injury, has shown some promise, though sporadically. With McBride totaling 58 routes and five targets over the past two weeks, confidence in the sophomore’s services is trending upward.

McBride, the 2021 Mackey Award winner at Colorado State as college football’s top tight end, has the sure hands and separation skills to blast the box score. He meshes well with Arizona’s current offensive state, given McCoy’s short-field nature. Clashing with a Chargers defense that’s allowed 4.7 receptions per game, 68.1 receiving yards per game and the sixth-most fantasy points to TEs, McBride is capable of filling a need at a depleted position.

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 33 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 11.3 fantasy points

Week 12 Bonus Flame

Terrace Marshall, WR, Panthers
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
3% on Yahoo $3,900 on DraftKings vs. DEN DEN -2.5 36.5

Nov 20, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) tackles Carolina Panthers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (88) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports

Up there with eating Thanksgiving leftovers for the seventh straight meal ranks Marshall’s employability. However, douse the receiver in Truff and chances are your hunger for numbers will be satisfied.

Once feared, the Broncos' secondary is now fawned over. Unbelievably, once-stifling cornerback Patrick Surtain has yielded an impeccable passer rating (158.3) to his assignments since Week 8. The overtime disaster in last Sunday’s loss to the Raiders (How was Davante Adams THAT wide open?) sums up the Denver DBs’ level of forgivingness.

With at least 90% of snaps played in four straight games and a top-12 standing in yards per target (10.3) and yards per reception (18.8), Marshall is a true Week 12 sleeper. Sam Darnold’s return as Carolina’s starting QB only enhances the forecast.

Fearless Forecast: 3 receptions, 54 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 12.9 fantasy points

Season record: 15-17

Last week: 2-1 (Parris Campbell 11.7, Foster Moreau 4.3, Brandon Aiyuk 16.0)

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