As the season progresses it is hard to find those diamonds in the rough or that guy that no one has heard of. This week we are going to examine the plethora of injuries across the league and who the most likely successor is to that starting job as well as highlight some prime matchups as well as surprising performers to this point. This article will also highlight a few long-term and speculative players that could see their value rise over the course of the season.
Myles Jack LB (JAX): There are not many good things coming out of Jacksonville lately but Myles Jack may finally be living up to the high draft pick the Jaguars used to get him. Jack had a huge week last week against the Jets collecting 8 solos, an assist, and of course the scoop and score touchdown. That will not be what you get every single week but if you look back to week one against the Texans Jack also had 8 solos and 6 assists in that week as well. Jack also has a favorable matchup against a Pittsburgh team that is finally content running the ball. Le'Veon Bell is not the easiest ball carrier to tackle but Jack will add value due to sheer volume. This could be the first week that Jack breaks the 10-solo tackle threshold and could be a viable starter in any format the rest of the season.
Kyle Van Noy LB (NE): There are not many good things coming out of the Patriot’s defense so far, this season but Kyle Van Noy is starting to be one of them. After losing Dont'a Hightower early in the season the Patriots needed someone to step up and so far, it has been Van Noy. In his last two games, Van Noy has 17 solos, 4 assists, and a sack. The Patriot’s defense is going to get better as the season wears on, especially as it starts to get cold in Foxboro. Look for Van Noy to continue to perform for the rest of the season.