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Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage, left, and safety Adrian Amos, right, combine to tackle Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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.

More Week 9 Flames: Quarterback | Running back

Curtis Samuel, WR, Commanders
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
32% on Yahoo $5.200 on DraftKings vs. MIN MIN -3.5 43.5

He can smash. He can slash. He can gash. Samuel is a 3-in-1 tool who operates in multidimensionality. Whether on carries outside the tackle box, quick pops, designed screens or field-stretching pass plays on the periphery, Washington’s versatile pass catcher can beat defenses in variable ways.

On 21.5% of the team target share (7.8 per game), Samuel has averaged 5.3 receptions per contest and 48.3 receiving yards per game while sprinkling in the occasional 20 yards on the ground. He hasn’t splashed six since Week 2, but given the undeniably bumpy bye week, he’s WR3-employable. Keep in mind, he’s still top-20 in total red-zone targets and yards after the catch. Also, the matchup ain’t too shabby.

Minnesota’s secondary is best described as sketchy at best. Out of the slot, a position Samuel has lined up over 200 times this season, DB Chandon Sullivan has been quite charitable, evidenced by his 82.9 catch percentage and 120.4 passer rating allowed. Also, the Vikings have given up 8.20 passing yards per attempt and the seventh-most fantasy points to WRs. Do the simple calculation and Samuel is a wide receiver to wrangle in Week 9.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 52 receiving yards, 16 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 15.3 fantasy points

Gerald Everett, TE, Chargers
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
16% on Yahoo $4,800 on DraftKings at ATL LAC -3 49.5
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Los Angeles Chargers tight end Gerald Everett (7) runs the ball against Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs (6) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Admittedly, Everett is about as reliable as Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst investing in a much-needed WR at the trade deadline. Good luck predicting which version will arrive in Atlanta.

Analyzing the data, the contest should produce a rosy result. Only the Cardinals have conceded more total receptions to tight ends than the Falcons (54). Yes, they’ve only given up one TD to the position, but five plus-sized options have hauled in at least five receptions in a game.

Most will shy away from leaning on Everett. However, because of the opponent and his top-10 TE standing in total air yards (323), red-zone targets (8) and yards after catch (145), the inconsistency king could reach double-digit fantasy points for the fifth time this season. Bank on that, albeit reluctantly.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.3 fantasy points

Week 9 Bonus Flame

Allen Lazard, WR, Packers
Starts DFS Matchup Line Total
9% on Yahoo $6,000 on DraftKings at DET GB -3.5 49.5
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) jumps over Washington Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Assuming he returns from a one-week siesta due to a shoulder setback, Green Bay’s red-zone rollicker demands a spot in your starting lineup.

Eminem is indeed throwing up mom’s spaghetti over the 1-6 Lions. Disappointing is a word that doesn’t do justice to the suffering in Detroit. Through eight weeks, the Lions have allowed 8.58 passing yards per attempt and the fifth-most fantasy points to WRs. In total, nine wideouts have scored at least 11 points against them in .5 PPR formats.

Lazard nets a noticeable 23.3% of the team targets in addition to slotting top-15 in deep targets and grabbing seven red-zone receptions. At a minimum, he should deliver useful WR2 numbers in 12-team leagues. Yes, the Packers are falling off a cliff, but he’s a weapon of choice for Aaron Rodgers near the goal line.

If Lazard is active, expect him to draw coverage from cornerback Amani Oruwariye, who’s allowed a 78.4 catch percentage and 143.8 passer rating to his assignments. If he sits, Sammy Watkins becomes quite interesting in deeper formats.

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 61 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.1 fantasy points

Season record: 9-14

Last week: 1-2 (Hunter Renfrow 1.1, Irv Smith Jr. 4.8, DJ Moore 24.5)

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