Sep 12, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) throws from the pocket during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-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 are … 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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Jameis Winston, Saints, QB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
12 percent $6,100 at Panthers Saints -3.5 44.5

Through all of the quirky workouts — dodging iridescent sacks filled with medicine balls, swinging rebar like a baseball player and doing whatever the heck this is — Winston has sharpened his game. Irrevocably in the biggest shock of Week 1, a 38-3 smoking of Green Bay, the signal caller became the first player in NFL history to toss five touchdowns without eclipsing 150 pass yards in a game. Talk about a tasty W. It was all the more impressive considering he didn’t have Michael Thomas or Tre’Quan Smith on the field.

Winston’s multi-TD opening performance likely isn’t an anomaly. Another fiery effort is entirely possible. Last week against the Jets, Carolina yielded just 6.97 yards per attempt to Zach Wilson, but the rookie QB still managed to toss 258 yards and two scores. Behind New Orleans’ steel-reinforced offensive line — Winston was placed under duress on just 30.4 percent of his drop-backs against Green Bay (20th highest in Week 1) — the gunslinger should have ample time to bombard Panther DBs Jaycee Horn and Donte Jackson en route to another top-12 day.

Fearless Forecast: 271 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 16 rushing yards, 26.2 fantasy points

Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers, RB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
25 percent $5,100 vs. Falcons Bucs -12.5 52

Playoff Lenny. Lombardi Lenny. Lackluster Lenny. Prior to the season’s start, no one, possibly except for the often-unpredictable Bruce Arians, knew exactly how the Buccaneers’ backfield would shake out. Of course, the unexpected unfolded in the opener against Dallas. Ronald Jones’ early fumble buried the rusher deep in the doghouse as Fournette seized the upper hand. From 42 snaps, he tallied 59 yards on 14 touches while compiling a respectable 2.78 yards after contact per attempt. Most importantly, he played mistake-free football. For a club where running backs constantly walk on eggshells — Tom Brady shoots lasers from his eyes if an egregious error is made — he earned valuable trust with the staff.

Off the high of an opening-night triumph, Tampa Bay hosts the Falcons, a franchise already deep-fried, smothered in habanero mango sauce and served with a side of blue cheese. Steamrolled by Philadelphia in Week 1, Atlanta has defensive ills that seem incurable. In total, Dean Pees’ defense surrendered 156 combined yards, 5.2 yards per touch and a touchdown to opposing rushers. Currently holding court over Jones and Giovani Bernard, Fournette, on roughly 60-65 percent of the opportunity share, enters RB2 territory. Keep in mind overloaded boxes are bound to be infrequent when TB12 has Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski to play pitch-and-catch with.

Fearless Forecast: 13 attempts, 57 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 14 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.6 fantasy points

Ty’Son Williams, Ravens, RB
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
26 percent $5,500 vs. Chiefs Chiefs -4 55.5

Pierre Thomas. Arian Foster. Alfred Morris. Will Williams soon etch his name in the memorial for fantasy’s greatest undrafted running backs? If his debut against Las Vegas was any indication, the youngster is well on his way. He rocketed upfield off the break, shot through holes, racked yards after contact and performed wonderfully in the pass game. Even better for his long-term prospects, Latavius Murray, fresh off getting cut by New Orleans, appeared mummified, though the stiff former Saint received one more rush attempt. On the night, Williams chugged his way to 94 combined yards on 11 total touches with a touchdown, chipping in 4.00 YAC per attempt and four missed tackles. Unless Greg Roman idiotically turns to Murray like he did in the second half against the Raiders, Williams should command 55-60 percent of the opportunity share moving forward.

This week against Kansas City, bank on another frustrating committee approach from Harbaugh and company. Williams’ juice in the pass game and explosiveness, however, labels him RB2 capable. Baltimore’s offensive line will need to patch cracks. Collectively, it poorly fended off persistent Vegas attacks on Monday night. Still, if Week 1 is any indicator, the Chiefs, who executed gap coverage with the motivation of a lazy teenager asked to mow the lawn on a weekend, will be overly generous versus the run this season. Yes, Cleveland’s trench hogs possess more oink, but Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt bolted down multiple paths with little resistance. Overall, K.C. yielded 5.52 yards per carry, 169 total yards and three scores to Browns rushers. On roughly 12-14 touches, Williams flirts with top-20 RB production in 12-team leagues.

Fearless Forecast: 11 carries, 50 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 21 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.1 fantasy points

Mike Williams, Chargers, WR
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
28 percent $6,100 vs. Cowboys Chargers -3 55

Tattooed. Brutalized. Laid the (expletive) out. During his first three seasons in the NFL, Williams experienced them all. Typecast as a streak-only receiver, he often hauled in acrobatic outside-the-hashmark catches, hung out to dry by his quarterback. Unsurprisingly, he absorbed several organ-jarring hits, which caused him to miss or be limited in multiple games. It also prevented him from reaching his full potential. A WR24 finish in .5 PPR formats in 2018 is his finest single-season effort to date.

What occurred last week in the nation’s capital, though, was promising. Offensive coordinator Michael Lombardi didn’t fib when he said Williams would slide into the Michael Thomas role in his offensive scheme. Against the Football Team, he hauled in a career-best 8-of-12 targets for 82 yards and a score. Matched against a susceptible Dallas secondary, he could meet or exceed his stellar opening stanza. Dallas’ three-headed ferret at CB (Anthony Brown, Trevon Diggs and Jourdan Lewis) conceded 18.0 yards per catch to Tampa receivers in Week 1. Add it up and it could be another supercharged Sunday for “Big Mike.”

Fearless Forecast: 6 receptions, 78 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 16.8 fantasy points

Tyler Boyd, Bengals, WR
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
29 percent $4,700 at Bears Bears -3 45

Heatmiser heads unite! The ultimate Andy Dalton REVENGE GAME narrative is about to play out on your television screen. The much-maligned passer, whose buns are slowly roasting on the hot seat, lived down to expectations in prime time against the Rams. Though he outsnapped Justin Fields 42-5, the rookie outproduced him in total fantasy output. Hilarious. Blame Chicago’s combustible offensive line. Place responsibility on the Rams’ stringent defense. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. The onus doesn’t fall on the veteran passer. It completely rests on the cowardly shoulders of head coach Matt Nagy, who with each passing week allows the franchise’s best weapon to “learn” from the sidelines and enhances the chances for continued failure. This is why steady imbibing of high-proof liquors is good for this Bears fan’s psyche.

Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase set the pace for the Bengals in Week 1 against Minnesota. This time around, Boyd is the one who could throw an end-zone party. Chicago’s secondary, consistently absent in coverage against Matthew Stafford and the Rams, is a significant weak point. In particular, manning the slot is a major vulnerability. The individual responsible for those duties, Marqui Christian, surrendered 4.04 yards per snap and a PERFECT (158.3) passer rating as Cooper Kupp consumed him whole. Boyd, who made three passes for 32 yards on four targets against the Vikings, is a quality WR2/WR3 in 12-team leagues.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 62 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 13.7 fantasy points

Shocker Special (under 10% started)

K.J. Hamler, Broncos, WR
Started in Yahoo DraftKings DFS Matchup Vegas line Over/under
2 percent $3,800 at Jaguars Broncos -6 45.5

Oh the spoils of injury. Buried beneath a whole heap of forgotten players rotting away on league waiver wires, the second-year receiver, once well behind Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant and even Tim Patrick in the Broncos’ targets pecking order, suddenly vaults into the virtual spotlight. A high-ankle setback to Jeudy, expected to sideline the burgeoning receiver for upwards of eight weeks, serves up a golden opportunity for the plucky slot man to seize. Patrick is most desirable for those WR-needy gamers in 12-team leagues, but the Hamburglar is a sneaky option in deeper formats. If not for an ugly end-zone drop last Sunday in Jersey, he would be all the talk of Fantasyland.

Against a laughable opponent with an incompetent head coach reportedly “unhinged” after an embarrassing road loss to Houston, all Broncos should be considered. Heck, John Elway could probably trot onto the field at his advanced age, busted knees and all, and rack 300 yards and multiple TDs versus an Urban Meyer coached Jags secondary. Last week versus journeyman Tyrod Taylor, DBs Tyson Campbell, C.J. Henderson and Shaq Griffin allowed a combined 123.7 passer rating to their assignments. Campbell, who also gave up an absurd 4.44 yards per snap, will have no answer for Hamler’s decisive cuts and downfield burst.

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 59 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 14.4 fantasy points


Sep 12, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver K.J. Hamler (1) catches a pass defended by New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry (24) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Bonus Flames

QB: Taylor Heinicke, Washington (vs. Giants; 1% started in Yahoo; $5,600 on DraftKings) — Sadly, the Lorax, Ryan Fitzpatrick, was seriously injured in a factory accident at a Truffula trees processing plant. His multi-week absence, really due to a hip subluxation, thrusts Heinicke into the leading man role. Accurate (85.7 adjusted completion%) and aggressive (8.1 ypa) in relief versus the Chargers, the promoted backup proved his terrific showing in last year’s playoff battle with Tampa wasn’t a fluke. His willingness to chuck downfield and opportunistic legs are attractive traits fantasy footballers seek. Against a dreadful Giants defense carved up by Teddy Bridgewater last week (264-2-0), he could be a surprising top-15 contributor. Stream merrily. (FF: 267-2-1-28-0, 23.2 points)

RB: Jamaal Williams, Lions (at Packers; 15% started in Yahoo; $5,200 on DraftKings) — In what could be another spite driven narrative, Williams returns to his old stomping grounds to square off against former employer Green Bay, still licking its wounds after last week’s beatdown issued by New Orleans. Williams, drawing the start and working in tandem with D’Andre Swift in last week’s unfathomable comeback attempt against San Francisco, excelled as a dual-threat totaling 110 yards and a TD on 18 touches. He also scribbled a divine 3.33 YAC per attempt. The Packers only have one direction to go, but functioning behind a stout offensive line and likely scoreboard chasing, the veteran could come close to replicating what he achieved in the opener. (FF: 8-37-6-49-1, 17.6 points)

WR/TE: Rondale Moore, Cardinals (vs. Vikings; 5% started in Yahoo; $4,000 on DraftKings) — Overshadowed by fellow rookie notables Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, Moore shined in his regular season debut snagging 4-of-5 targets for 68 yards in Tennessee. His hare-like quick twitch and explosive burst are qualities Kyler Murray and the Arizona staff love. Whether on short slants, outs, posts or in the screen game Moore is capable of frustrating the opposition. Generating 16.7 YAC per reception out of the slot Week 1, he’s a handful for Mackenzie Alexander (95.8 passer rating allowed at Cin). Whether as a FLEX in season-long or DFS, the dynamo is in a detonation spot at home. (FF: 4-60-1, 14.0 points)

Last week’s results

Record: 6-4

W: Jalen Hurts, Melvin Gordon, Robby Anderson, Antonio Brown, Ty’Son Williams, Juwan Johnson

L: Raheem Mostert, Jakobi Meyers, Ty Johnson, Baker Mayfield

Potential Week 2 Fantasy Lames

Matt Ryan, Falcons, QB (at Buccaneers) 

Saquon Barkley, Giants, RB (at Washington)

James Robinson, Jaguars, RB (vs. Broncos)

Damien Harris, Patriots, RB (at Jets)

Miles Sanders, Eagles, RB (vs. 49ers)

DJ Moore, Panthers, WR (vs. Saints)

Brandin Cooks, Texans, WR (at Browns)

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