Flames: Woodhead to say, 'Thank you, thank you very much!' in Detroit


Each week the Noise highlights seven somewhat obscure, unobvious names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. For those playing the Flames home edition, each player must be started in fewer than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues to qualify. As an accountability advocate, results, whether genius or moronic, will post the following week using the scoring system listed here. Cyber-bullies, tweet the Noise your violent rants here

Shaun Hill(notes), Det, QB (Noise Week 12 QB Rank: 3, 10-percent started)
Matchup: vs. NE

Thanksgiving day, pass the cranberry sauce, grab a cinnamon roll and serve yourself a healthy scoop of Hill. Rich in flavorful fat and stats, the disrespected passer continues to be a good part of a fantasy diet. In seven starts this season, the journeyman has averaged an outstanding 261.9 yards per game and found the end-zone 12 times. His resulting 23.3 points per game output ranks inside the top 10 at the QB position. Inexperienced New England corners Kyle Arrington(notes) and Devin McCourty(notes) have shown the follies of youth. Burned often, the pair has surrendered 300.5 passing yards and 2.0 touchdowns per game to signal callers. Their smallish frames – both are listed under 6-feet – is a major disadvantage against Calvin Johnson(notes) (6-foot-5) and Nate Burleson(notes) (6-foot-1). Dependable tight end Brandon Pettigrew(notes) is also a matchup problem. Potentially minus Jahvid Best(notes), his arm will be tirelessly worked. Enough is enough. Hill deserves to be tabbed an every week starter.

Fearless Forecast: 30-48, 338 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 27 fantasy points

Danny Woodhead(notes), NE, RB/WR (Noise Week 12 RB Rank: 20, WR rank: 20, 42-percent started)
Matchup: at Det

It’s only appropriate on a holiday weekend “Rudy” usually plays nonstop somewhere on cable, the modern day equivalent will captivate a national audience. The Patriots' feel-good story has been one of the biggest surprises and most consistent performers this season. The Division II product has registered at least nine fantasy points in a contest six times in eight attempts. Quick, ultra-elusive and versatile, the shifty 5-foot-7 dynamo is a matchup nightmare for an average at best Lions linebacker corps. Detroit has yielded 5.3 receptions per game to RBs, the 11th-most in the league. The Hello Kitties have also allowed 4.6 yards per carry. He'll continue to split the load with BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes), but Woodhead should earn a turkey leg or two as Tom Brady's(notes) greaseman underneath. Dig in.

Fearless Forecast: 9 carries, 47 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 28 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 13 fantasy points

Mike Tolbert(notes), SD, RB (Noise Week 12 RB Rank: 15, 34-percent started)
Matchup: at Ind

Never foamy, San Diego’s runaway beer keg delivers a smooth, refreshing taste week-in and week-out. Due to Ryan Mathews'(notes) ongoing ankle concerns, Tolbert has been San Diego's savior in the backfield. Though he possesses the speed of an obese sloth, the stocky back has powered his way to stellar numbers. The consistency king has broken the plane in six of his past seven games, netting 62.3 total yards per game during that stretch. His bulldozing, straight-line style and underrated pass catching abilities should prove useful against Indy's undersized front line. The Colts, routinely manhandled in the trenches this season, have given up 5.0 yards per carry, 152.6 total yards per game and 11 touchdowns to rushers equal to the sixth-most fantasy points. Coming off a season-high 25 carries versus Denver, he may be leaned on heavily again. Vincent Jackson(notes) is slated to return, but sans Patrick Crayton(notes) and possibly Malcom Floyd(notes) and Antonio Gates(notes), Norv Turner may install a more conservative game-plan. The humble rusher, "trying to be the best Mike Tolbert he can be," will again generate bombastic numbers. Pour a glass.

Fearless Forecast: 18 carries, 92 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 12 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 17 fantasy points

Keiland Williams(notes), Wash, RB (Noise Week 12 RB Rank: 16, 18-percent started)
Matchup: vs. Min

Seasoned fantasy vets would probably rather endure intrusive TSA pat-downs than trust a third-stringer against Minnesota. However, Keiland isn't your average backup. The undrafted product from LSU is an ideal fit for Lucifer's one-cut scheme. Blessed with more wiggle and versatility than plodders Clinton Portis(notes) and Ryan Torain(notes), the rookie has become one of Donovan McNabb's(notes) favorite short-field targets. Overall, the veteran passer has been very pleased with the young back's development. In his past two games, he's averaged an impressive 117 total yards and scored three touchdowns. Williams, not the strongest interior runner, will undoubtedly struggle between the hashmarks, but due to Minnesota's susceptibility on the periphery, he should be able to accumulate appreciable yards outside the tackle box. On the edges, the Vikes have conceded 4.8 yards per carry to RBs. Expected to again shoulder the load, he's a solid bet for 100-plus total yards and numerous receptions. Six different backs have caught at least four passes in a game versus the Purple Princesses this year.

Fearless Forecast: 21 carries, 77 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 35 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 17 fantasy points

Sidney Rice(notes), Min, WR (Noise Week 12 WR Rank: 12, nine-percent started)
Matchup: at Wash

The theme song for the Childress-less Vikings this week could be Rice, Rice Baby. Ready to cook DBs like a pound of bacon, the now healthy receiver should build off his Week 11 foundation. Fresh off the PUP, he was targeted a team-high 10 times, catching three passes for 56 yards against Green Bay. After playing 48 snaps, many wondered how his body would respond, but Rice was reportedly pain free and "felt great." Facing a more vulnerable Washington secondary should elevate Rice’s game back to last season’s elite level. Recall he was the 11th-best WR in standard formats. The 'Skins, who will likely again be without the services of Carlos Rogers(notes) and LaRon Landry(notes), are a giving defense even when healthy. On the year, Washington has allowed the second-most 20-yard pass plays, 13 WR TDs and nine 80-yard wideout performances. With Chilly no longer in the picture, the Vikes will try to repair their lost season one step at a time. This week, Rice will push start them off on the right foot.

Fearless Forecast: 6 receptions, 96 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15 fantasy points

James Jones(notes), GB, WR (Noise Week 23 WR Rank: 23, six-percent started)
Matchup: at Atl

It's becoming increasingly clear Jones is slowly seizing the reigns from graybeard Donald Driver(notes). Last week was a prime example. Though Driver started and was reportedly healthy, Greg Jennings(notes) and Jones outperformed the aging target. Against Minnesota, the pair combined for 10 receptions, 203 yards and four touchdowns. Drive still attracted seven targets, two more than Jones, but the junior receiver's explosiveness makes him more appealing to the fantasy masses, especially this week. Wide receivers are performing 34-percent above the league average against the Falcons this year. In total, Dunta Robinson(notes) and company have surrendered 13 touchdowns and eight 80-yard WR efforts. Jones' size and breakaway speed are problematic for the beleaguered secondary. He may only garner 5-7 targets, but expect a long conversion or two. This week, Green Bay's J.J. will be "Dyn-o-mite!"

Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 74 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 13 fantasy points

SHOCKER SPECIAL

Derek Hagan(notes), NYG, WR (Noise Week 12 WR Rank: 30, one-percent started)
Matchup: vs. Jac

Unemployed only two weeks ago, Hagan is now one of Eli Manning's(notes) primary targets. In his second tour of duty with the Giants since 2008, the former third-rounder is very familiar with Kevin Gilbride's system. Thrown into the fire last week against the rival Eagles, he totaled seven targets, catching a modest three passes for 10 yards and a touchdown. In terms of speed, Hagan is more of a budget sedan than a drag racer, but he is an excellent route runner who relishes dirty work. With Mario Manningham(notes) sliding into Hakeem Nicks'(notes) role, the Arizona St. product is best suited playing Steve Smith. In other words, he'll be profitable in PPR formats. Jacksonville's coverage woes have been well-documented in this space since Week 1. Torched often, the Jags have surrendered the third-most fantasy points to wideouts this year. Eerily similar to his brother's situation in Indy, Eli shouldn't skip a beat playing with mediocre receiving talent. Though marginally skilled, Hagan is serviceable enough to produce shocking numbers given the enhanced workload and favorable matchup.

Fearless Forecast: 6 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 11 fantasy points

Other potential Week 12 Flames: Jon Kitna(notes) (vs. NO), Rusty Smith(notes) (vs. Hou), Thomas Jones(notes) (at Sea), Mike Goodson(notes) (at Cle), Reggie Bush(notes) (at Dal), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at Det), Nate Washington(notes) (at Hou), Nate Burleson (vs. NE), Ben Obomanu(notes) (vs. KC), Michael Crabtree(notes) (at Ari), Mario Manningham (vs. Jac)

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