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Ja'Whaun Bentley, LB, Patriots
Dont'a Hightower opted out last season, and Bentley stepped in with 91 tackles across 13 games. When Hightower returned this year, many thought Bentley would lose some playing time, but he hasn't lost a step. In fact, he has registered 20 tackles and two pass breakups while handling more reps than Hightower through three games. Bentley doesn't add much upside as a pass-rusher, but his steady tackling floor is useful for fantasy purposes.
Tae Crowder, LB, Giants
Crowder is listed as a starting inside linebacker, but he logged fewer than 50 percent of the snaps in each of the first two weeks. However, he garnered a major opportunity when Blake Martinez left Sunday's loss to the Falcons with a knee injury, and he capitalized with a team-high 11 tackles. We don't know how serious Martinez's injury is, though it was a noncontact injury, which is always cause for concern. There should be a diagnosis by the time waivers clear; pick up Crowder even if Martinez misses just one game.
Adrian Amos, SS, Packers
Amos was impressive through his first two seasons in Green Bay, but he didn't top 84 tackles in a season and was an undependable fantasy option as a result. However, in new DC Joe Barry's system, Amos has been flourishing, putting up 24 tackles so far. His coverage numbers should rise eventually – he produced nine pass breakups and two picks in 2020 – and Barry has seemed willing