Sep 26, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown (85) makes a catch in front of New York Giants cornerback Adoree' Jackson (22) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-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% 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.

Noah Brown, WR, Cowboys
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total pts
4% $4,900 vs. Commanders Cowboys -3 41.5

Usually, seventh-round selections in the NFL Draft are left to be sideline hydration stations or special-teams fixtures. Historically, though, the 11th-hour phase has cranked out a few notable wide receivers, including Julian Edelman, Donald Driver and, once fantastically labeled WR/TE, Marques Colston. Every once in a blue moon a prospect exceeds very low expectations. Brown is just the latest example.

The former Ohio State Buckeye has earned savvy investors quite the nut in the early going. His bromantic ties to QB Cooper Rush have paid an instant dividend. On 20.8% of the team's target share (21), Brown has caught 15 balls for 213 yards and a touchdown. His WR17 ranking in contested catch rate and WR22 in yards per route run (2.34) are admirable measurements. Dak Prescott could return much earlier than anticipated, but he’s sidelined again this week. So Brown is a bankable WR3 or FLEX in challenging formats.

Michael Gallup’s likely activation muddies the waters somewhat, but with him on a snap count, Brown should register oodles of action. Most promising, Washington has rolled out the red carpet for the opposition, especially vertically. The Commanders have allowed 7.83 passing yards per attempt and the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers. And when Brown lines up outside, the opportunity is ripe, as CBs William Jackson and Kendall Fuller have surrendered over 20 yards per catch and a 144.9 passer rating to assignments.

Due to Brown’s bubbling chemistry with Rush and the matchup, another WR3 worthy performance appears attainable.

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 55 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 13.5 fantasy points


Sep 25, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas (29) tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate (84) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total pts
2% $3,700 vs. Chiefs Chiefs -0.5 45

Hurricane Ian, understandably, has the Tampa metro area deeply concerned. Given the seriousness of the situation, the Sunday night game could have been moved to a later time or a different venue, but the NFL announced Thursday that the Bucs and Chiefs will play at Raymond James Stadium as scheduled.

Brate is a sleeper worth embracing. Earning an uptick in target share against Green Bay with Mike Evans sidelined, he caught five passes for 52 yards on six looks. Tom Brady’s on-field home skillet is back after a one-game suspension, but with Chris Godwin (hamstring) very iffy, Brate could again be a dirty worker on short-to-intermediate routes.

Kansas City has exhibited a pass-coverage vulnerability so far this season. Against tight ends, the Chiefs have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points. At a largely unreliable position, Brate is worth the gamble.

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 11.8 fantasy points

Week 4 Bonus Flame


Sep 25, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) catches a pass against Atlanta Falcons linebacker Rashaan Evans (54) during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Total pts
44% $5,900 at Lions Lions -4 48

Practically abandoned by Geno Smith in Week 1, Lockett has become an indispensable weapon in Seattle’s vertical attack. Geno may be generally cooking unseasoned rice on a light simmer, but if last week’s effort against Atlanta proved anything (325-2-0), he packs some buttery flavor. Specific to the slot man, Lockett has lured a massive 22 targets, 18 receptions and 183 receiving yards the last two weeks. The end zone has remained elusive, but his resulting 26.0% target share is impossible to ignore.

After three weeks, one legitimate conclusion drawn is Detroit’s fondness for a good shootout. Unsurprisingly, slot options have consistently cashed. Curtis Samuel and K.J. Osborn are prime examples. Defending that position, CB Mike Hughes has given up 15.3 yards per catch, a 76.5 catch percentage and a 134.2 passer rating to assignments. Those in shallow leagues wavering on the wideout need to start Lockett.

Fearless Forecast: 7 receptions, 62 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.7 fantasy points

Season record: 4-4

Last week: 2-1 (Chris Olave 19.2, Tyler HIgbee 8.1, Brandin Cooks 3.2)

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