As the season wears on and there is more data to go through it can be hard to find those diamonds in the rough or guys that not everyone else is on yet. Each week we will take a look at guys who are still widely available across leagues, have potential matchup value this week. Or maybe a long-term, guys to stash on your bench and see how the season shakes out. With the myriad of injuries across the NFL, there are young guys getting their chance to make an impact. Each week we will also take a look back at some of the top performers from last week’s list and see if they are worth keeping. We will highlight a list of defensive lineman, linebackers, and defensive backs each week.
Grady Jarrett DT (ATL): Jarrett has been very productive for a 5th round pick. Despite the slow start to the season, he has racked up 31 solos, 21 assists, and 3 sacks. In a must-win game for Atlanta, look for the Falcons line to try and get pressure on Cam Newton and stop their running game.
Kawann Short DT (CAR): On the flip side of Jarrett, Short is leading a defensive line that still has a lot to play for. The Panthers hold the tiebreaker for the Vikings and a first-round bye, and can also still win their division depending on what happens with New Orleans. Look for Short to try and add to his 7.5 sacks this week.