Myles Jack, ILB, Jacksonville
Free-falling Jacksonville finally, mercifully halted its seven-game losing streak last week, downing Indianapolis 6-0 in a game that made fans of high-flying offenses cry. But as Jack told Johm Oehser of the team’s website, he and the rest of the team will take a win any way they can get one.
“When you lose, you feel sore after the game and when you win you feel good,” Jack said. “I’m feeling great right now.”
The few fantasy owners who were still rolling the disappointing Jack out this late in a disappointing season feeling great as well — Jack tied season-highs in total tackles (10) and solos (seven) while adding a fumble recovery. That big game came in a favorable IDP matchup with Indianapolis — this week’s Thursday night trip to Nashville is actually even better.
Karl Joseph, S, Oakland
“For a linebacker, that’s exciting,” Tahir Whitehead said. “You like to see guys coming down, lighting running backs up, making plays, not afraid to get themselves dirty. I know when he’s coming, he’s going to come down, he’s going to strike some guys, so I don’t have to worry about where he’s going to be, if he’s going to show up. You’re going to feel his presence. That’s exciting to have a guy like Karl flying around, making plays.”
Joseph has shown the ability to produce for fantasy owners in the past when the snaps were there. The problem is that for much of this season the snaps haven’t been there — he spent most of the early part of the season firmly entrenched in coach Jon Gruden’s doghouse. But in three of the last four games Joseph has been in on at least 70 percent of Oakland’s snaps, which could mean good things this week against a Pittsburgh team surrendering the most fantasy points in the AFC to defensive backs.
Jordan Whitehead, S, Tampa Bay
Two weeks ago, Whitehead paced Tampa Bay with 11 total tackles in a win over the San Francisco. While speaking with Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times the rookie was quick to credit his teammates and the team’s scheme.
“It was all defensive scheme,” Whitehead said. “The line did their job and took care of their gaps and a lot of times I was the unblocked player, so I was there to make the tackle, so you have to give credit to the linebackers and the (defensive) line.”
Whitehead followed up that showing with seven stops last week against Carolina after starter Justin Evans re-injured his toe. Given how quickly Evans was forced from the game it’s pretty unlikely he’s going to be able to play in Week 14, which would set Whitehead up to make the start at strong safety against an angry New Orleans Saints in a Top 5 IDP matchup.