Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) canno hold onto the ball as Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson (33) knocks him out of bounds for an incompletion during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

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).

If you’re a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 4 Flames on Twitter @NoisyHuevos.

Joe Burrow, Bengals, QB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
13% $6,200 vs. Jaguars Bengals -7 45.5

When it comes to caring for multi-millionaire bodies, quack doctors with sketchy surgical records need not apply. Burrow’s team of physical therapists, after MDs masterfully repaired his shredded knee in November 2020, delicately nursed the prized signal caller back to full playing strength. His recovery is remarkable. Decades ago a mangled knee would’ve been considered career-altering, if not ending. Back and seemingly better than ever, the former No. 1 pick is functioning nearly uninhibitedly, even scrambling with confidence when given the opportunity. Standing ovation for science. Standing ovation for Burrow’s personal perseverance.

Despite a couple of cerebral hiccups which resulted in four total interceptions, Burrow has shown marked improvement (76.7 adjusted completion percentage). His unbreakable bond with Ja’Marr Chase, a relationship forged during their days at LSU, has rekindled. Toss in the always reliable Tyler Boyd and, when healthy, Tee Higgins, along with the added balance spurred by Joe Mixon’s legs, and it’s a terrific setup. Against a feckless Jaguars team on Thursday night (Jacksonville just dealt CB C.J. Henderson to Carolina despite allowing 9.26 pass yards per attempt, 311.7 passing yards per game and five total TDs to QBs), Burrow should ignite for his third-straight multi-TD effort. Trust him as your QB1 in 12-team leagues.

Fearless Forecast: 252 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 6 rushing yards, 25.2 fantasy points

Zack Moss, Bills, RB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
6% $5,300 vs. Texans Bills -17 48

Running back by committees. Outside of possibly Matt Nagy as your key player’s head coach — condolences to David Montgomery, Allen Robinson and Justin Fields stockholders — nothing conjures disgust among fantasy managers quite like that phrase. Indecipherable backfields trigger symptoms no medication pitched on national newscasts and featuring a billion rattled-off side effects can remedy. Still, when the right buttons are pushed, those who approach risk head-on can reap benefits. In Week 3, Moss, who's entrenched in a timeshare with Devin Singletary, is one such opportunity.

Having out-snapped his RB compadre 39-32 in Week 3, Moss is a borderline top-24 RB in Week 4. Whether in the competitive game stage or garbage time, which could begin after the first quarter for Houston, Buffalo’s basher should smash his way to quality numbers. The Bills are favored by a galactic 17 points, which means a positive game script should quickly ensue. Thus far, Lovie Smith’s defense has yielded 5.22 yards per carry, 152.7 total yards per game, three total TDs and the ninth-most fantasy points to RBs. On roughly 55-60 percent of the opportunity share, Moss splashes six for the third consecutive week.

Fearless Forecast: 13 carries, 57 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 12 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 13.9 fantasy points

Tim Patrick, Broncos, WR
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
5% $4,900 vs. Ravens Broncos -1.5 44.5

Little Caesars doesn’t get its just due. It’s ooey. It’s gooey. It’s packed with saturated fats and flavor. It’s dirt cheap. And it’s convenient. Even the monstrosities it spits out of the food laboratory are downright delicious. The Crazy Calzone, an amalgamation of cheese, buttered bread and pepperoni formed into the shape of a Hungry Hippos game, hits the right spots, influenced by adult beverages or not. Patrick — similar to "Pizza! Pizza!" — deserves more love. The unsung hero isn’t tempting an enormous target share (4.3 per game), but he’s made the most of his opportunities. Through three weeks, he has snagged 12 receptions for 174 yards and two TDs. He also slots handsomely in yards per target (13.38, WR7) and average target separation (WR12). Plus, his role is likely to expand with KJ Hamler done for the year (ACL).

This week, the Broncos play host to Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in a contest that promises to overwork the Mile High scoreboard operator. Smoked by Derek Carr and Patrick Mahomes in Weeks 1 and 2, the visitors have conceded 8.50 pass yards per attempt, four 60-yard plus wide receivers and three WR touchdowns. Patrick, who will primarily line up in most scenarios against CB Marlon Humphrey (65.0 catch percentage and 121.3 passer rating allowed), should again be a Teddy Bridgewater favorite inside the red zone. Whether at WR3 or the FLEX, he should outproduce his computer generated projection.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 56 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.1 fantasy points

Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers, WR
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
12% $5,000 vs. Seahawks 49ers -3 51

Completely zombified prior to Week 3, Aiyuk’s fantasy value walked the earth aimlessly in search of sustenance. Finding a banquet of wounded animals against Green Bay, the wide receiver feasted, by his very low established bar, catching six balls for 37 yards and a TD. Those who didn’t abandon him for the shiniest new toy off waivers had their minds temporarily eased. Jumping through Kyle Shanahan’s mental hoops is often worthy of an Eli Manning-inspired double bird. Still, the once floundering wideout just finished the opening act on his redemption tour. With his once-wandering confidence lassoed, he’s in an excellent position to add another double-digit performance.

San Francisco, still reeling from giving Aaron Rodgers a sizable 37 seconds to teach a masterclass on defensive dissection in a high-pressure environment, should air out its frustrations against Seattle. When it comes to opponent mitigation, the ‘Hawks are relatively beak-less. They’ve surrendered 7.94 pass yards per attempt, 307.0 pass yards per game and a pair of multi-TD performances (Carson Wentz and Kirk Cousins). Whether lining up against Tre Flowers (139.6 passer rating allowed) or D.J. Reed (120.1), Aiyuk, back from the dead, should dig in.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 55 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.0 fantasy points

Odell Beckham Jr., Browns, WR
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
37% $5,800 at Vikings Browns -1 52.5

Not long ago, Beckham was a sensation. He was a centerpiece in advertising campaigns and an unbenchable cornerstone on fantasy rosters. Through the temper tantrums, odd kicker net proposals and box-score explosions, he, unquestionably, drove media conversations. After getting traded away from the largest market in North America to Cleveland and derailed by a knee injury a season ago, his luminescence has dimmed. No longer the WR1 darling of yesteryear, he’s a middling WR3 on a run-first team.

This week, however, Beckham, fresh off his return to the starting lineup against the Bears, will briefly revert to his prior spectacular form. Cleveland hikes to Minnesota to scuffle with an overly generous Vikings defense. On the year, Mike Zimmer’s crew has surrendered a massive 10.09 pass yards per attempt and six 11-plus point scoring efforts to wide receivers. OBJ, who’s sure to receive spoonfuls of Patrick Peterson, has strong odds of winning the battle of fading stars. The former All-Pro CB, targeted 13 times, has given up 10 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns. For the leisure studies readers in attendance, that’s 18.2 yards per catch and a 157.9 passer rating allowed. With the dust knocked off (9-5-77-0 in Week 3 vs. Chicago), Beckham shows a glimpse of the past on the road.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 81 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 16.6 fantasy points 

Shocker Special (Under 10% started)

Royce Freeman, Panthers, RB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
1% $4,700 at Cowboys Cowboys -4 50

In the time it takes an offensive lineman who's famished and in a craving mood to devour a 12-ounce ribeye steak, your fantasy season can take a turn for the worst. Last Thursday, on what seemed like a benign dash toward the left sideline, Christian McCafrey’s hamstring tugged, resulting in a setback that derailed not only the cherished rusher’s night but his next several games. Fantasy managers who refused to break out a pair of pink fuzzies undoubtedly scrambled, or poured themselves the stiffest available drink. Surviving and adapting really is the name of the game.

However, when a workhorse is sent to the glue factory, opportunity knocks for the next man up. Yes, Chuba Hubbard is expected to shoulder the heavy side of a presumed 65-35 committee. HIs 16-to-6 opportunities advantage after CMC exited against Houston presents a strong case. However, Freeman is a more athletic Mike Davis, a skilled and experienced back (especially in pass down situations) who's motivated to erase the disappointment endured during his days in Denver. Going toe-to-toe against a forgiving Dallas defense that’s yielded 4,96 yards per carry and 160.5 total yards per game to rushers, he could surprise if he can grab the hot hand. And, before you ask, yes, the candle metaphorically burning in my heart for Royce never extinguished. Alexa, play “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles.

Fearless Forecast: 8 carries, 32 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 16 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 11.8 fantasy points


Carolina Panthers running back Royce Freeman (32) rushes for a gain against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Bonus Flames

QB: Taylor Heinicke, Washington (at Falcons; 3 start% on Yahoo; $5,900 on DraftKings) — Never skunky, Heinicke is a sneaky points accumulator who may quickly graduate from the stream-only ranks. Through three weeks, he’s QB12 in adjusted completion percentage and QB7 in deep-ball completion percentage. Being on time and featuring opportunistic wheels, he’s eclipsed 20 fantasy points in each of his two 2021 starts. With Curtis Samuel’s return on the horizon, smooth top-15 pours could soon be routine. This week matched against the Defensive Dodos of Atlanta, he’s set to surprise. The Falcons have allowed 7.60 pass yards per attempt, 268.7 pass yards per game, eight total touchdowns and the sixth-most fantasy points to QBs. Stream happily. (FF: 272-2-0-20-0, 23.6 fantasy points)

RB: Chase Edmonds, Cardinals (at Rams; 59 start% on Yahoo, $5,500 on DraftKings) — Edmonds logging a touch anywhere near the goal line is on par with a backwards-thinking head coach (insert many) who actually goes for it on fourth-and-short on the opponent's side of the field. In other words, a rare occasion. Last week, for only the second time in his career, the rusher recorded a carry inside the five. He didn’t convert (Kyler Murray and James Conner made good on theirs), but it was an encouraging sign that additional end-zone sniffing opportunities are possible. With or without the touchdown dances, Edmonds is a certifiable RB2 in PPR formats. He’s James White with a larger ground presence, averaging 85.3 total yards per game. His YAC/attempt, missed tackle and yards created numbers will never impress, but in a system that spotlights his skill set, he’s a perfect environmental fit. Against a Rams D that’s given up 19 receptions to RBs, Edmonds will again churn out a valuable line. (FF: 10-36-0, 6-31-1, 15.7 fantasy points)

RB: Peyton Barber, Raiders (vs. Chargers; 4 start% on Yahoo; $5,100 on DraftKings) — The ham and egger, a rusher turned into an omelette at previous stops over an unappetizing career, is suddenly squealing, and loudly. Filling in for the injured Josh Jacobs, the well-traveled vet amassed 142 combined yards and a score on an exhausting 26 touches against Miami. Rather unfathomably he also tallied 4.30 yards after contact per attempt, the third-highest mark for a Week 3 RB. What’s even more remarkable? He’s achieved those numbers despite the third-worst stacked front rate (58.3%) in the league. If Jacobs is again sidelined, Barber isn’t a running back to fade in his matchup against the Chargers' fungible front, which has allowed 5.4 yards per carry, 170.0 total yards per game and three total TDs to RBs. Most importantly, given Derek Carr’s bombarding ways, he should continue to benefit (RB15 in yards before contact). (FF: 20-88-1-3-18-0, 18.1 fantasy points)

WR: Jakobi Meyers, Patriots (vs. Buccaneers; 14 Yahoo start%; $5,200 on DraftKings) — Mac Jones’ BFF on short-field throws, White suffered a nasty hip subluxation last week against New Orleans. It's a setback sure to unplug him for multiple weeks. Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor will pick up some of the slack, but it’s the tacky-handed Meyers who will soak up most opportunities. The slot man came up aces last week after White exited. Targeted a career-high 14 times, he snared nine passes for 94 yards. The wideout, averaging 6.07 yards per target, is sure to be Jones’ go-to in the Tom Brady Bowl. Tampa, down Sean Murphy-Bunting, has been repeatedly gashed by slot machines. DB Ross Cockrell has allowed a 71.4 catch percentage and 122.1 passer rating to his assignments. Red-zone chances are few and far between for Meyers, but his floor, fueled by volume, remains high. (FF: 8-78-0, 11.8 fantasy points)


Sep 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (16) runs with the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Last week’s results

Record: 3-7 (Season: 14-15)

Wins: Ja’Marr Chase, James Robinson, Daniel Jones

Losses: Harrison Bryant, Justin Fields, Myles Gaskin, Rondale Moore, Courtland Sutton, Tony Pollard, DeVonta Smith

Potential Week 4 Fantasy Lames

Ryan Tannehill, Titans (at Jets)

Saquon Barkley, Giants (at Saints)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs (at Eagles)

Allen Robinson, Bears (vs. Lions)

Mike Evans, Buccaneers (at Patriots)

DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals (at Rams)

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