MJD has his eyes set on hopeless Houston. (USAT)
Each 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. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 12 Flames in the comments section below.
Scott Tolzien, GB, QB (1-percent started)
Matchup: vs. Min
Growing up in downstate Illinois, my ever-wise Bears-loving father always stressed, "Son, always pay your bills on time and never, ever date a Packer." Yes, Pops, the credit card payment was delivered punctually this week, but against your better judgement, I'm straying away from the latter piece of advice. Sorry, but the matchup is unquestionably favorable and Tolzien's Carson Palmer-like looks (Really it's uncanny) are simply too irresistible to ignore. The Wisconsinite has hardly badgered opponents since taking over for Aaron Rodgers. In two starts, he's exceeded 280 passing yards in each contest, but posted an appalling 1:5 TD:INT split. Though his decision making has been far from stellar, he's completed nearly 66-percent of his passes, averaged 8.48 yards per attempt and displayed better-than-advertised arm strength. Minnesota, already in shambles defensively, lost another starter in its secondary, Josh Robinson, last week. Essentially a skeleton crew on D, the Vikes are inching their way closer to the No. 1 overall pick in next May's NFL draft. Over the past five weeks, the Purple Pansies have surrendered 269 passing yards per game and a 12:1 TD:INT split to signal callers, equal to the second-most fantasy points allowed. Rodgers rolled up 316 combined yards and two scores in the Packers' first tango with Minnesota back in Week 8. Sure, if A-Rod is the new X-Box One, Tolzien is an Atari 2600 with a sticky joystick, but it's no stretch to think he can't match the All-Pro's previous numbers versus the Vikes. Take a chance.
Fearless Forecast: 274 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 12 rushing yards, 21.9 fantasy pointsRead More »from Week 12 Flames: Mr. Mo-Jo risin’ … RISIN’, RISIN’!