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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.
LB Tae Crowder (NYG vs NO)
This may be the only week you can consider Crowder a sleeper. After the season-ending injury to Blake Martinez, Crowder played 100% of snaps and ended up with 11 total tackles and a pass defended. He will assume control of this defense going into their week 4 matchup against the Saints and will have his hands full with Alvin Kamara and Taysom Hill. Crowder will be the most consistent tackle producer for this defense the rest of the season and is a name to take a long and hard look at this week before he is gone.
LB Nick Vigil (MIN vs CLE)
The Vikings defense has not been as good as it looked on paper coming into the season, but Vigil has been a great addition. He has played 100% of defensive snaps every week and has racked up 26 total tackles, a sack, and an interception returned for a touchdown. He has been a force in the middle for the Vikings and will be taking on a Cleveland team that loves to run the ball. After a dominating performance against the Seahawks last week, look for this defense to try and make another statement and for Vigil to continue to be right in the middle of it all.
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