Sep 16, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass over Washington Football Team defensive end Montez Sweat (90) during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week.

(Scoring thresholds — QB: 18 fantasy points; RB: 12 fantasy points, 10 for shockers; WR: 11 fantasy points; TE: 10 fantasy points; .5 PPR).

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Daniel Jones, Giants, QB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
3% $5,800 vs. Falcons Giants -3.5 48.5

Jones should never aspire to be a watchmaker. He’s rarely on time and far from precise. Still, in myriad ways, he has morphed into a poor man’s Lamar Jackson, a player absent vertical sharpness who possesses a penchant for tucking and running behind a permeable offensive line. Similar to his Baltimore comparison, it’s the latter attribute that surprisingly raises the weekly floor for the often-ridiculed Giant. As evidenced last week against rival Washington, Jones tossed for a meager 249 passing yards and a touchdown, but his persistent ground gashings, which piled up to 95 yards and a score, vaulted him into the Week 2 top-five QB ranks. Beautiful in fantasy and often repugnant in reality (QB27 in adjusted comp%) — that best sums up Jones.

Trusting Jones any given week may be on par with fully subscribing to Nicki Minaj’s vaccination takes, but individuals with swelled confidence should take a shot. Off an extended siesta and with Saquon Barkley likely back at full strength, he’s a high-upside option in a delicious matchup against Atlanta. The Falcons, bombarded by Tom Brady last week in Tampa, are a 16-piece bucket served with a side of slaw. Through two weeks, they’ve conceded 7.61 yards per attempt, 280.0 pass yards per game and eight passing TDs. Starting DBs Fabian Moreau and Isiah Oliver, in particular, have allowed a combined 126.1 passer rating. Jones, unbelievably, is a probable QB1 in 12-team leagues yet again.

Fearless Forecast: 251 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 0 interceptions, 44 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 26.9 fantasy points

Myles Gaskin, Dolphins, RB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
4% $5,700 vs. Eagles Cowboys -4 51.5

Once thought to be the safest position in fantasy, quarterbacks are in the crosshairs as the injury imp’s sinister wrath continues to rampage through the league. Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), Carson Wentz (knee), Tyrod Taylor (hammy), Andy Dalton (knee) and Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) have already been victimized. With the ‘Fins QB, considered week-to-week, unable to suit up this week, Gaskin could become Jacoby Brissett’s newest BFF as a receiver in the short field. Last Sunday in a massacre issued by Buffalo, the pair connected multiple times as the RB finished with 46 total yards, 21 coming on four receptions. A fixture in the pass game, Gaskin should continue to lure 4-6 targets weekly, especially if Miami’s defensive problems compound.

In a contest with likely points aplenty, Gaskin is worth debating at your RB2 spot in 12-team formats. Las Vegas, as most predicted, is a jackpot matchup for opposing running backs. Ravens and Steelers rushers pulled the lever and spit out 112.0 total yards per game, 10 combined receptions and three touchdowns, averaging 5.21 yards per touch. Salvon Ahmed and Malcolm Brown will siphon off a few touches, but Gaskin should spearhead the RBBC on roughly 12-14 grips, most coming through the air. With the “Brisket” at the controls, the RB will tickle the taste buds en route to a profitable RB2 week in catch-heavy leagues.

Fearless Forecast: 11 carries, 48 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 22 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.0 fantasy points

Tony Pollard, Cowboys, RB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
4% $5,700 vs. Eagles Cowboys -4 51.5

The annoying little brother who kicks shins unprovoked, throws temper tantrums in an attempt to draw attention and tags along uninvited to seminal events. In a nutshell, that’s Pollard, at least to those who slapped the wallet for Ezekiel Elliott in Round 1. Two weeks into the regular season, it’s becoming increasingly clear the complementary rusher is forcing a full-blown committee in Dallas. Against the Bucs and Chargers, he logged 29.2 percent of the snaps and just over 40 percent of the opportunity shares. His electrical spark as a runner/receiver (3.50 YAC/attempt) ensures Dallas steadily powers the grid while keeping Elliott fresh over a laborious 17-game season. It’s irritating, yes, but it's a necessity in the eyes of Kellen Moore and Mike McCarthy.

This week, Pollard and company square off with a familiar foe, Philadelphia, under the prime-time lights on Monday night. Stonewalling the Atlanta and San Francisco ground games in their first two games, the Eagles yielded just 3.59 yards per carry, 119.1 total yards per game and zero TDs to RBs. However, the loss of DE Brandon Graham (Achilles) is a catastrophic blow. The ‘Boys will be without edge setter La'el Collins (suspension), but look for Moore to attack the peripherals with Pollard and his rocket burst in the run/pass game. On another presumed double-digit workload, the second fiddle is FLEX-y sexy in 12-team and deeper formats.

Fearless Forecast: 8 carries, 36 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 24 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.0 fantasy points

Rondale Moore, Cardinals, WR
Drafted in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
11% $5,000 at Jaguars Cardinals -7.5 52

Pocket rocket. Micro machine. Mighty mouse. Moore encompasses them all. Similar to the guy chucking him the rock, Kyler Murray, the rookie so far has dispelled the idea that size matters. Sync up with the right coach who can fully utilize your explosive skill set by creatively scheming to generate space and you’re capable of leaving an instant indelible mark. Tennessee and Minnesota defenders certainly know. In those two contests, Moore, who played just over 40 percent of Arizona’s snaps, sizzled by grabbing 11 balls (on 13 targets) for 182 yards and a long TD. Most attractively, he’s tallied 4.82 yards per route run, the second-highest mark among WRs.

Out to prove he isn’t some desert mirage, Moore will again creep inside the WR3 ranks in 12-team leagues, at a minimum, in Week 3. He and the Cards will make the cross-continental trek to Jacksonville. Urban Meyer’s club, predictably, is an algae-infested pool desperately needing contaminant-zapping cleaning agents. Blitzkrieged in their first two games, the Jags are well on their way to sinking to an all-time low. Moore, who’ll see considerable action out of the slot, is set to most often clash with DB Tyson Campbell, a defender who’s surrendered 9-of-12 targets for 121 yards and a TD, good for a 130.6 passer rating. Featured as a "Bonus Flame" in this space last week, the SPARQ freak has graduated from the bench-only ranks.

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 68 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.8 fantasy points

DeVonta Smith, Eagles, WR
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
43% $5,300 at Cowboys Cowboys -4 51.5

Shhhh! The Slim Reaper is about to lull Dallas defenders to sleep. Earning a noteworthy workload to begin the season (22 percent of Philly’s target share), the first-round pick and last season's Heisman Trophy winner has transitioned smoothly to the pro game, despite doubter claims he needed to pound the protein shakes. Press coverage, thus far, hasn’t been a glaring issue. He, much like the Eagles passing attack as a whole, was relatively quiet in Week 2. Against an undermanned San Francisco secondary, Smith managed just two catches for 16 yards and no scores. However, his eye-catching debut against Atlanta (5-71-1) showcased what he can achieve weekly with additional experience.

Those straddling the fence on Smith should take a leap of faith in Week 3. Dallas, as anticipated, has displayed much elasticity defending the pass. Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams each crossed the 90-yard mark against the Cowboys. As a collective, they have conceded 7.89 pass yards per attempt. Smith, who totaled a 16.1 average depth of target (WR20) in two games, is in a favorable position to replicate production from Week 1. His primary adversary, Anthony Brown, has allowed 13 receptions (on 17 targets) for 176 yards and two touchdowns, which shakes out to a 148.2 passer rating when targeted. When Jalen Hurts uncorks, expect him and No. 6 to hook up for a big-play payday.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 73 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.8 fantasy points

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Harrison Bryant, Browns, TE
Drafted in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
1% $2,800 vs. Bears Browns -7.5 46.5

Someone, anyone, call Braylon Edwards, Webster Slaughter or ... Josh Gordon. The Browns are in dire need of wide receiver assistance. With Odell Beckham, though getting closer to activation, no guarantee to return in Week 3 and Jarvis Landry sidelined with a sprained MCL, Cleveland’s wide receiver cupboard is largely bare. Many fanalysts will tell you Donovan Peoples-Jones is the presumed next man up, but it’s Austin Hooper and Bryant who stand to benefit most. Both primarily lined up in the slot last week and became trusted vertical weapons for Baker Mayfield in combining for nine receptions and 89 yards.

Yes, Kevin Stefanski’s ground-and-pound offensive identity remains unchanged. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are ladles in the punchbowl, serving up end-zone spikes with regularity. They’re bound to receive their customary combined 20-plus touches, but Chicago’s stiffness in the trenches could push Mayfield to lean on the overlooked Bryant. Slot options have recorded tremendous early season success against the Bears. Why? Slot DB Duke Shelley has allowed a 87.5 catch rate to his assignments. If you’re looking to chuck a Hail Mary at TE, Bryant is your guy.

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 42 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 12.2 fantasy points


Cleveland Browns tight end Harrison Bryant (88) is tackled by Houston Texans strong safety Eric Murray (23) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Bonus Flames

QB: Justin Fields, Bears (at Browns, 6% started in Yahoo; $5,200 on DraftKings) — As some forward-thinking coaches continue to trot out their inexperienced starter after a four-pick game, there’s Matt Nagy, a man who probably believes flip phones are still top-of-the-line tech. Andy Dalton reportedly dodged a major knee injury, but with his status for Sunday’s matchup along Lake Erie is quite foggy, Fields could finally get thrown into the fray over a full four quarters. Yes, he’s unrefined (QB34 in adjusted comp% on 21 drop backs). However, his monster arm and rushing ability are truly unique for an organization vexed over the years by erratic QB play. Think of him as Chicago’s version of Jalen Hurts or what Josh Allen was early in his career. Cleveland isn’t a Glass Joe-level first opponent, though the Browns have surrendered 8.67 pass yards per attempt and seven total TDs to QBs through two games. Assuming Nagy inserts Fields into the starting lineup, the rookie hotshot is undoubtedly a top-15 QB play in Week 3. (FF: 211-1-1-45-1, 24.1 points)

RB: James Robinson, Jaguars (vs. Cardinals; 56% started in Yahoo; $5,700 on DraftKings) — “We’re going to get better.” Famous last words from Urban Meyer, an unequivocally terrible NFL headman who probably couldn’t motivate Tom Brady to win. Though the organization continues to wallow in misery, Robinson thankfully saw a significant snap (37-12) and workload increase over Meyer’s adopted child Carlos Hyde in a 10-point home loss to Denver. Against a pliable Arizona defense, the rusher could finally bear statistical fruit in a dual rusher/receiver role. The Cardinals have given up 5.33 yards per touch to rushers. Robinson, who’s forced a spectacular five tackles on 16 rush attempts thus far, is in an excellent bounce-back spot in a game that could be more competitive than most believe. (FF: 13-57-4-20-1, 15.7 points)

WR: Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals (at Steelers; 51% started in Yahoo; $5,400 on DraftKings) — Overcoming a nasty case of banana hands during the preseason, Chase has showcased the “generational” talent some scouts billed in April’s NFL Draft. Like long lost friends reunited, he and Joe Burrow have picked up where they left off at LSU, connecting on 7-of-11 targets for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The rookie’s 17.91 aDOT and 7.57 YAC per reception each rank in the top 10 among all wideouts. This week, Chase gets his first taste of divisional action, engaging in fisticuffs with a Steelers team that's marginal in coverage. Thus far, Pittsburgh has yielded 7.41 pass yards per attempt. More promisingly, Chase’s primary assignment, CB James Pierre, has allowed a 77.8 catch percentage and 103.8 passer rating to his foes. (FF: 4-65-1, 12.5 points)

WR: Courtland Sutton, Broncos (vs. Jets; 38% started in Yahoo; $6,000 on DraftKings) — Time, as the adage says, can heal all wounds. Chipping off the crust in Week 2, Sutton filled the crater left by Jerry Jeudy’s absence, trashing the Jags for nine catches (on 12 targets) for 159 yards. Second only to Robby Anderson in aDot (22.30) in the young year, he should continue to supply sizable gains. Teddy Bridgewater, who’s chucked the most 20-plus yard passes (13) of any QB in the league, has shed his "T-Rex" persona, instead bombarding secondaries at will. Robert Saleh’s green secondary allowed just 7.15 pass yards per attempt to Sam Darnold and Mac Jones, but it remains pocked with question marks. Against 5-foot-11 rookie DB Brandin Echols, Sutton and his towering 6-3 frame should rule the day. (FF: 6-77-1, 16.7 points)


Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell, right, breaks up a pass intended for Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton, left, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Last week’s results

Record: 5-4 (Season: 11-8)

Wins: Ty’Son Williams, Mike Williams, Tyler Boyd, Taylor Heinicke, Rondale Moore

Losses: Jameis Winston, Leonard Fournette, KJ Hamler, Jamaal Williams

Potential Week 3 Fantasy Lames

Ryan Tannehill, Titans (vs. Colts)

Kareem Hunt, Browns (vs. Bears)

Alvin Kamara, Saints (at Patriots)

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (vs. Eagles)

Corey Davis, Jets (at Broncos)

Robert Woods, Rams (vs. Buccaneers)

Brandin Cooks, Texans (vs. Panthers)

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