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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 Christian Kirksey (HOU vs IND)
Kirksey has been a consistent performer since his time back in Cleveland. He has been largely overlooked this season because he is playing on a very bad Houston team. He is coming off a game with 12 total tackles and has a plus matchup against a Colts team that has started to run the ball again. This defense is going to continue to see the field a lot for the rest of the season and that will do nothing but give Kirksey more opportunity. He is a great start this week and should be considered a strong play the rest of the season.
LB Anthony Barr (MIN vs CAR)
It was not the strong start everyone had hoped for in Barr’s return for the Vikings in week 5, but most importantly he played 100% of defensive snaps. He bumped Nick Vigil down to 37% of defensive snaps in his return and has a solid matchup against the Panthers this week. Barr has been a star for the Vikings in the past and is a great plug and play option this week with many teams hitting their Bye weeks for the first time this season. Look for solid production from Barr this week and the rest of the season.
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