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Linebackers

Colin McCarthy - 

With Barrett Ruud struggling with an injury, likely future middle linebacker Colin McCarthy is getting a look starting. The rookie has posted 18 tackles (10 solos last week) in the past two games, and could have another solid performance this week if LeGarrette Blount and the Buccaneers offense play like they did a week ago in Green Bay.

When starting McCarthy should be viewed as an instant LB-3 right away, as the middle linebacker spot has been a good one for tackles on many teams, especially in Tennessee, over the past few years.

Perry Riley –

It’s hard to trust players on the Redskins these days, not because they don’t have an opportunity, but more because of the crazy ways of Coach Mike Shanahan. Riley has played well of late, and it would appear, he’s ready to make an impact down the stretch. At this time, he’s worth using in your lineup, and let’s hope the coaching staff allows him to start down the stretch.

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Defensive Backs

Dejon Gomes -

Laron Landry had his Achilles tendon flair up on him again and the Redskins decided to go with Dejon Gomes instead of Reed Doughty as the starter. Gomes had a strong game, and even if Landry is back and playing, Gomes is worth holding in deeper leagues, because he’s proven to be productive when given an opportunity.

Da’Norris Searcy –

Likely out a few more weeks, George Wilson’s loss will be felt in most IDP lineups unless you can get Da’Norris Searcy off the waiver wire still. Searcy is the top defensive back to target off the waiver wire, as the Bills defense is likely to be on the field most of the time. Searcy will continue to start, but Wilson will probably be back in a week or two, hopefully.

Donald Washington –

Keep an eye on Jon McGraw’s shoulder situation, but he didn’t look right against the Broncos, and was a scratch against the Patriots on Monday night. Entire Donald Washington and like the other two strong safeties on this list, Washington will benefit from playing in a 3-4 scheme and on a bad team that has the defense on the field most of the time.

Defensive Linemen

Tommy Kelly -

On a hot streak of late in the sack category, Tommy Kelly is likely to keep the party going against Caleb Hanie this week, especially if the Raiders can get out to a lead early. That won’t be easy, but Hanie is likely to be sacked at least three times as the Raiders can get pressure on the quarterback, so get Kelly in the lineup, if you need help.

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