Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (11) leaps over Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates III (30) after catching a pass from quarterback Jacoby Brissett during the first half of an NFL football game in Cleveland, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

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.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Browns
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
9% on Yahoo $4,300 on DraftKings at MIA MIA -3.5 49.5

Inserting a Cleveland wide receiver not named Amari Cooper into your starting lineup is a move on par with hiring a former player without any college/NFL coaching experience to be your head coach. Unlike the Colts, those not in full-tank mode should debate such a maneuver. After all, fantasy value can emerge from the most unlikely places each week.

Though DPJ is considered an afterthought as the WR2 in a run-heavy offense, his WR11 standing in per target separation and WR27 ranking in yards per target (9.1) should raise an eyebrow. He has yet to find the end zone, but he has exceeded 70 receiving yards in four of his last five games. So he shouldn’t be immediately discarded.

The matchup with Miami is awfully enticing, too. Cornerback Xavien Howard, limited by a tender groin and general ineptitude, has served up numbers on a silver platter. Among defensive backs with 170 snaps played, no one has yielded a higher passer rating to assignments (144.5). That, along with his six touchdowns and 16.6 yards per catch surrendered, strongly suggest Peoples-Jones is in position to be a fantasy juggernaut.

Plug him in at WR3 or the FLEX spot in 12-team and deeper formats.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 72 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.7 fantasy points

Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
52% on Yahoo $3,600 on DraftKings vs. ARI LAR -1.5 41

Sep 18, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (89) runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Unmitigated post-Super Bowl disaster. That best summarizes the Rams’ 2022 season. Outside of Cooper Kupp’s consistent skewering of defenses, the wheels have completely come off and flown into the deepest, darkest ravine. Really, only the decorated wide receiver is worth rostering in 12-team fantasy leagues. That is, except for this week.

When tight ends run routes, Arizona defenders typically black out. The Cardinals have given up 7.3 receptions per game, 77.1 yards per game, seven total TDs and the second-most fantasy points to the position. Like most TEs, Higbee has triggered queasiness for fantasy devices. Over his last three games, he’s lured only nine targets, catching three passes for 22 yards. In the teams’ first matchup in Week 3, he tallied an employable four receptions for 61 yards. Similar production should be expected from Higbee the second time around.

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 56 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 13.6 fantasy points

Week 10 Bonus Flame

Terrace Marshall, WR, Panthers
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
3% on Yahoo $4.500 on DraftKings vs. ATL ATL -2.5 41.5

Nov 6, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (88) catches a pass in the end zone against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt (29) in the second half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Typically, Thursday night games pound manager heads with frustrating outcomes. Your 80-year-old grandfather may have not figured out how to stream the Amazon contests, but his ignorance is pure bliss. Outside of the Saints-Cardinals offensive eruption in Week 7, the matchups haven’t exactly banged the box score. Still, in a Week 8 rematch, Marshall is someone to weigh. PJ Walker could again fall through thin ice, but regardless of who’s taking the snaps, the wideout should be a focal point.

Marshall’s projected primary assignment, CB Darren Hall, has allowed a perfect passer rating (158.3) over the last three weeks. As a group, Atlanta has surrendered the most yards and second-most fantasy points to WRs. Targeted nine times while grabbing a useful four passes for 87 yards in the first clash, Marshall is a quality WR3 option who’s still widely available (6% rostered in Yahoo) in competitive formats. And no, this isn’t a case of recency bias.

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 67 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.7 fantasy points

Season record: 11-15

Last week: 2-1 (Curtis Samuel 15.6, Gerald Everett 6.1, Allen Lazard 16.7)

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