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.
|11% on Yahoo||$4,300 on DraftKings||vs. PHI||PHI -7||44|
To the shallow leaguer, this is a half-court heave at the buzzer. But for French aficionados in attendance, Campbell is tastier than the finest Bouillabaisse paired with a chilled Tempier. Over the last three games with Matt Ryan at the controls (all 18-plus fantasy point efforts in PPR), he’s indeed Paris personified — fall in love.
With the wrinkly passer back under center in the Jeff Saturday era, hearts for the underneath weapon should pitter-pat. Ryan is a check-down king, which, for a wide receiver running 34.7 routes per game out of the slot, meshes perfectly. As witnessed last week in Las Vegas, the two connected seven times for 76 yards and a touchdown on nine targets.
At home against the Eagles, battre le fer pendant qu’il est chaud (Translation: Strike the iron while it’s hot). Philadelphia has exhibited some exploitability in short-field coverage. Primary slot corner Josiah Scott has allowed a 71.4% catch rate and 117.6 passer rating to his assignments. With that in mind, along with Campbell’s general creativity and yards-after-contact abilities (WR19 in total YAC), Campbell is, at a bare minimum, a WR3 in receptions-friendly formats. Getting 10-plus points should be c’est simple comme bonjour (as simple as hello).
Fearless Forecast: 6 receptions, 69 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.9 fantasy points
|21% started on Yahoo||$3.700 on DraftKings||at DEN||DEN -2.5||41.5|
As stated ad nauseam, tight end is where fantasy value goes to die unless you have Travis Kelce on your roster. Dallas Goedert is just the latest irreplaceable producer at the position tanked by a physical setback. Damn the dastardly injury imp.
As a result, mining meaningful weekly statistics at TE is a chore. However, for those who scored Moreau off waivers post-Darren Waller derailment, you’re living on an island indeed, one bearing fruit. His usage is booming. Over the last three games, he’s run at least 33 routes in every game. His average of 38.7 receiving yards isn’t earth-shattering, but the 18 total targets registered during that span is promising.
Facing a Denver defense that’s allowed 5.3 receptions and 51.3 receiving yards per game to tight ends, Moreau should be considered a TE1 in 12-teamer.
Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 42 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 12.2 fantasy points
Week 10 Bonus Flame
|57% started on Yahoo||$6,500 on DraftKings||at ARI||SF -8||43.5|
For those trapped in the freezer currently enveloping the Midwest and other parts of the country, a vacation to the desert sounds mighty nice. For Aiyuk, a jaunt to the Sonoran has equal appeal. Mixing in slot and outside work, he has developed into a versatile and reliable option for Jimmy Garoppolo, ranking top-20 in average separation yards per target (WR4), yards after the catch (WR18) and red-zone targets (WR20).
When firing in Aiyuk’s general direction, Garoppolo has notched a 122.8 passer rating, 10th best in the category. Arguably more reliable than Deebo Samuel, Aiyuk has grabbed at least six passes for 80 yards in four straight games. Since he’s likely to see a combination of Byron Murphy (105.5 passer rating allowed) and Trayvon Mullen (118.8) in coverage, the streak could very well continue.
Fearless Forecast: 6 receptions, 84 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 17.4 fantasy points
Season record: 13-16
Last week: 2-1 (Donovan Peoples-Jones 12.4, Tyler Higbee 11.3, Terrace Marshall 4.8)