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.
Eric Kendricks (MIN):
It has been a very poor season for Kendricks, until the past three weeks. He has posted an outstanding 35 total tackles in that time frame and also intercepted Tom Brady last week. Kendricks had 16 total tackles last week and 12 solo tackles against the Bears three weeks ago. If he is still available in your league, he is a must own and start for the rest of the season. His slow start may have kept him off the fantasy radar and that may be your gain.
L.J. Fort (PIT):
It has been hard to predict what the Steelers are going to do each week at linebacker. Their usage has been all over the place behind Jon Bostic, but he is currently standing on the sideline. Fort did not get the starting nod but played 83% of snaps. He has a good chance to see similar numbers and would make for a great play. Follow the Steelers injury report this week and if Bostic can’t go, Fort looks to be the best play.
Cory Littleton (LAR):
With 8 total tackles in two of his last three games and a sack last week against the Lions, Littleton continues to perform well for the Rams. He gets a great matchup against a struggling Bears team this week who may still be without their starting quarterback. Look for Littleton to have a safe floor and a good chance to get home and rush the passer.
Darius Philon (LAC):
The return of Joey Bosa boosts everyone on the Chargers defensive line and that includes Philon. He has not had the best season to this point but has a great matchup against the Bengals this week. He will be taking on a backup quarterback and a team that likes to lean on Joe Mixon. He has a recipe for a great game and just has to show up and do what he is capable of. Look for Philon to have one of his better games of the season.
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