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.
Darron Lee (NYJ): It has been a slow start for Lee so far this season but the matchup this week should provide an uptick in opportunities to make plays. Jacksonville did not look great last week but should get star running back Leonard Fournette back. This should lead to a commitment to the run game and a lot of opportunity for tackles up the middle. The heavily favored Jaguars should also run the ball more as the play with a lead and Lee should have a legitimate shot at double-digit tackles this week.
Jordan Hicks (PHI): This is another speculative play due to the expected volume of runs. The Titans have two injured quarterbacks and have already averaged running the ball 33 times per game. There is no reason to think this number will go down this week with the injuries to Mariota and Gabbert. The Eagles may even try and dial up some pressure in clear passing downs and provide opportunities for a sack. Hicks should be very busy and productive this weekend.
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