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J.J. Wilcox, S, DAL
Barry Church's broken arm opened the way for Wilcox to take up a three-down role in Dallas, and Playing 117 snaps in the last two weeks, Wilcox totaled 12 tackles in games against the Browns and Steelers. Prorated over a 16-game stretch, that production would approach triple-digit tackles with at least 60 snaps per game. With Church likely out at least two more games, Wilcox should be a sneaky way to get at least DB2 utility in Weeks 11 and 12.
Olivier Vernon, DE, NYG
Vernon headed into this year with high expectations after the Giants signed him away from Miami in free agency – a maneuver that cost $85 million on a five-year contract – but through the first seven games this year he totaled just 23 tackles and one sack. He may be moving past his early struggles, however, if his last two weeks are any indication. Vernon has 15 tackles and two sacks in that span, giving him 39 tackles and three sacks in nine games. The fact that he has eight tackles for loss gives reason to think he'll finish stronger than he started – a tackle-for-loss pace that indicates an ability to break into the backfield, which will hopefully result in more sacks in his final seven games.
Cameron Wake, DE, MIA
The odds were decidedly stacked against Wake heading into this year, as 34-year-olds returning from mid-season Achilles' tendon tear the year prior rarely fare