Week 15 Fantasy Flames: Floyd to place another brick in wall

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 Every week the Noise highlights 12-13 somewhat obscure, un-obvious 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 using the scoring system shown here (Thresholds – QB: 18 fpts, RB: 13 fpts, WR: 11 fpts: TE: 10 fpts). If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 15 Flames in the comments section below.

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Marcus Mariota, Ten, QB (16 percent started, $30 in Yahoo Daily)

Matchup: at NE
Each week, fellow fantasy nutcases flood my Twitter feed with various inquiries and insults. Ok, mostly insults. Of all the goofy questions asked, none are dumber than "Which QB do I start in PPR?" Like that ever applies ... until last week. Mariota's TD reception in New York scrawled his name into the history books. He's the first rookie since 2001 (Deuce McAllister the last) to throw, run and catch a touchdown in his inaugural season. Additional accolades could soon follow. His current 20.4 points per game average trails only Cam Newton (23.0 in '11) and Robert Griffin III (21.1 in '12) for the highest output ever by a first-year quarterback. Considering he doesn't have a reliable weapon outside Delanie Walker and how sickly Tennessee's run game is, what he's accomplished is truly remarkable. With four-straight 20-plus point performances to his name, he is likely to extend the streak and inch his way closer to first-year greatness. New England's secondary, evidenced in last week's destruction of Brian Hoyer, has ramped up its game in recent action. Since Week 8, no unit has surrendered fewer fantasy points to QBs. It's yielded only 6.53 yards per attempt, 237.1 pass yards per game and 0.9 pass TDs per game during that span. Still, in a presumable scoreboard-chasing tilt for Tennessee, Mariota smells rosy in garbage time. 

Fearless Forecast: 264 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 interceptions, 22 rushing yards, 19.8 fantasy points 

[Week 15 rankings: QuarterbackRunning BackReceiver | Tight End | Flex | All Positions]

Tim Hightower, NO, RB (14 percent started, $16)

Matchup: vs. Det
Every fantasy season unpredictable twists and turns never cease to amaze. Take Hightower for instance. Not in a trillion years would anyone have expected the well-traveled veteran to undergo a renaissance four years removed from seeing his last NFL action. But injuries to Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram have thrust the 29-year-old back into the starting spotlight. Last Sunday in Tampa, Hightower matched his age in touches totaling 95 yards and a score. His 3.0 yards per carry was hideous, but it's hard to ignore the generous volume. He's essentially the new Ingram, a between-the-tackles grinder who will see some 70-75 percent of snaps each week (70.6 vs. TB). C.J. Spiller, whose days are numbered in 'Nawlins, played on just 15 snaps versus the Bucs. On Monday, Hightower should sail past the 20-touch mark yet again. Detroit clearly hibernated last week in St. Louis. Defensively the Lions fell into a deep REM sleep. The hottest run D entering the week, they reignited Todd Gurley's flatlined season giving up 140 yards and two touchdowns on only 16 carries. Obviously, Hightower vs. Gurley is an apples-to-oranges analogy, but THAT workload ... If Detroit's trench defenders, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to RBs on the year, continue to sag he'll resemble this battering ram, possibly meeting or exceeding what he accomplished last week. Thomas Rawls owners fortunate enough to survive last week's calamity need to add and employ. 

Fearless Forecast: 21 carries, 68 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 12 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.0 fantasy points

Denard Robinson, Jax, RB (10 percent started, $14)

Matchup: vs. Atl
Robinson, admittedly a pet player of mine, may soon become a permanent member of the Rodney Dangerfield All-Stars. Despite his quality production when gifted opportunities, he's never earned proper respect from the masses. The former Michigan quarterback has morphed into a versatile, balanced back. His vision, patience, short-field quickness and tacky hands make up a skill-set arguably better than T.J. Yeldon's. With the rookie's rest-of-season availability in doubt (knee), Robinson is again sitting in the captain's chair, a role he thrived in previously. Last season when he cranked the volume, he was the 10th-best RB from Weeks 7-12 averaging 98.2 total yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry while crossing the chalk four times. The Falcons' run defense, at one time the top-ranked unit in the league, has pulled punches of late. Since Week 3, Atlanta has given up 176.1 total yards per game, 1.8 total touchdowns per game and 4.71 yards per carry to RBs, equal to the third-most fantasy points to the position over that duration. Heck, The Muppets' Beaker could "meep" his way to 80-plus and a TD versus the Falcons. Given the friendly opponent and Blake Bortles' smokey hand, "Shoelace" is a marvelous low-dollar DFS RB and top-12 option in season-long. 

Fearless Forecast: 16 carries, 82 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 14 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 17.1 fantasy points

Kamar Aiken, Bal, WR (21 percent started, $20)

Matchup: vs. KC
Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, Jimmy Clausen, "Po" the Ravens mascot – it doesn't matter who's chucking Aiken the rock, the guy seems to crack the 70-yard mark nearly every week. He hasn't exactly popped the cork, but he has tucked inside the WR top-36 since Week 8, amassing 5.8 receptions and 67.2 receiving yards per game with a pair of touchdowns. Most importantly, because of Baltimore's pliable defense, he's seeing close to 10 targets per game. Aiken's smooth routes, dependable hands and suitable yards-after-catch abilities have certainly earned my admiration. He's stepped up his game post-Steve Smith injury developing into a useful WR3. This week, he may climb the rankings ladder against KC. The Chiefs, even with Sean Smith in uniform, have struggled to ground passing attacks. On the year, they've given up the fourth-most fantasy points to WRs. Marcus Peters, who works opposite Smith, has allowed seven TDs to his assignments this year. Off a 5-90-0 performance versus a considerably stiffer Seattle D, Aiken should quietly crank out another solid line. 

Fearless Forecast: 6 receptions, 73 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 16.3 fantasy points 

Michael Floyd, Ari, WR (25 percent started, $23)

Matchup: at Phi
Olivia Munn sunbathing on a Phoenix blacktop in June. That's how caliente Arizona's passing offense is. Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and J.J. Nelson have helped push the mercury, but in recent weeks Floyd has been the primary catalyst. He's eclipsed the 100-yard mark in four of his last five games, splashing the invisible pool four times. His length, athleticism and long range speed will undoubtedly leave Philly corners in knots, especially Byron Maxwell. The extra crispy DB has allowed 15.1 yards per catch and a 97.9 QB rating to his assignments this year. Collectively, the Eagles have surrendered the second-most fantasy points to the position. In total a mind-blowing 17 WRs have scored at least 11 fantasy points against them. Carson Palmer has a ton of mouths to feed, but his brilliant play coupled with Bruce Arians' aggressive tactics and the fantastic matchup offer support the wideout will continue to rock. "Run like Hell" to activate him in any and all formats. 

Fearless Forecast: 6 receptions, 101 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 19.1 fantasy points 

SHOCKER SPECIAL (Under 10 percent started)

Jermaine Kearse, Sea, WR (1 percent started, $10)

Matchup: vs. Cle
Broken. Despondent. Repulsed. When Rawls busted his ankle early Sunday in Baltimore, his owners were suplexed by sadness, and likely eliminated. With the rookie shelved, Pete Carroll plans to install a committee backfield featuring Bryce Brown, Derrick Coleman and Cenozoic-aged veteran Fred Jackson. The former is expected to handle some of the heavy-lifting, but it's Russell Wilson who stands to benefit most. Whether it's a lack of Ciara canoodling, soft opponents, Jimmy Graham's derailment or Doug Baldwin that's sparked him, the decorated QB has unleashed on the competition. Over his past four games, he's posted an impeccable 17:0 TD:INT split. As a result, Baldwin and Tyler Lockett have exploded, but Kearse has notched serviceable numbers in his own right. Targeted 14 times since Week 12, he's caught 11 balls for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He's definitely the third fiddle, but his field-stretching abilities and terrific matchup arrow to a top-30 day. Cleveland, reduced to rubble by injuries and ineptitude, have yielded the sixth-most fantasy points to WRs on the year. With Joe Haden sidelined, Tramon Williams has given up numerous big plays, evidenced in his 16.8 yards per catch allowed. Fellow DB Charles Gaines hasn't faired much better conceding 17.2 yards per catch. Look for Seattle's Abominable Snow Monster of the North to put a gold star on top of the tree.  

Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 67 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15.2 fantasy points 



Each week one fortunate guest prognosticator will have a chance to silence the Noise. Following the rules stated above, participants are asked to submit their "Flames" (1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 D/ST) by midnight PT Tuesdays via Twitter @YahooNoise. How large are your stones?

Reader Record: 39-65

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