Each week the Noise will guide desperate, deep-thinking owners into the dark corners of the waiver wire to mine a last-minute diamond. Turn on your helmet light and pack a pickaxe. We're digging for drop-jaw surprises owned in less than 10 percent or started in less than five percent of Yahoo! leagues.
The former San Jose State Spartan (my colleague's alma mater) is prepared to make a "300" stand against the Roy Williams-less Cowboys.
Sure, many pundits, including the Noise's "Fantasy Football Live" cohorts Brandon Funston and Chris Liss, would argue Williams' absence is a positive for the 'Boys but Aaron Rodgers will undoubtedly take to the air in an attempt to capitalize on Dallas' loss, especially in single coverage. As the scruffy-faced QB told the Green Bay Gazette earlier this week:
"When you're facing a 3-4, it's all about communication. They want to single your guys up in one-on-one matchups, and we're trusting those guys to win. I've got a lot of confidence in those guys."
Even Vince Vaughn's character, Trent, from "Swingers" would agree. Jones is a big winner.
"I think every player in the NFL feels like they have to stop one of us. If they get to the point where they stop me and Greg (Jennings), I promise you James Jones and Ruvell Martin and Jordy Nelson will take care of business. I promise you that one. No one can stop us, we can only stop ourselves. And we know that."
Because Ryan Grant's plaguing hamstring soreness has endured, the Packers ground game will likely again struggle. Dallas' quick, athletic frontline will clog gaps meant for Grant and backup Brandon Jackson to shuttle through. Ultimately, this will force the insanely accurate A-Rod (70.0 completion percentage) airborne to spread the defense and move the chains. Advantage Jones.
Last week against the loathsome Lions, Jones was targeted eight times, the same number of looks as Driver, catching four passes for 29 yards and a score. His plus size, tight route-running skills and fearlessness in traffic will be keys to his fantasy success in a game expected to overflow with tasty statistical outputs.
Mike McCarthy touted Jones a "breakout candidate" in July. This week, the 15-percent owned (three-percent started) receiver launches into the No. 3 limelight. Consider him a strong WR3 in 12-team leagues.
Week 3 Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 63 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
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