5 Up-And-Coming NFL Players Who Could Break Out In Week 9

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5 Up-And-Coming NFL Players Who Could Break Out In Week 9

5 Up-And-Coming NFL Players Who Could Break Out In Week 9
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One of my favorite things about the NFL regular season is when a young player on the verge of breaking out has his first big game as a professional. There is something awesome about seeing it all come together for a young guy trying to make his mark on the league. We know the players who have big games week after week, but these are the young guys who may not be on your radar but are ready for the bright lights this week.

Mostly this comes because of opportunity. Whether it is because of an injury to a veteran ahead of him on the depth chart or just plain old out-playing their competition in practice, there are a handful of young, unproven players who step up every week and take advantage of their opportunity to shine. It’s always fun to watch, especially if he’s on your favorite team. Or, possibly even better, if he’s on your fantasy team.

These five players are on the verge of that kind of breakout game. They’ve all experienced some success in the NFL, but they haven’t had that one signature game that tells the world they are here to stay. You know -- the kind of game that has everyone talking the next day. The kind of game that has fantasy owners dancing in glory and their opponents left shaking their heads wondering how they lost.

If you’re looking for a young player to have a breakout game in Week 9, these are five who are primed to have a big week.

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5. Keenan Allen

Keenan Allen
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The San Diego Chargers are set to face off against the Washington Redskins and their 28th-ranked pass defense this week. That means someone will likely get lots of yards, and it could be the talented rookie Keenan Allen.

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4. Coby Fleener

Coby Fleener
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The Indianapolis Colts have lost several offensive players to injuries. Andrew Luck will need someone to throw the ball to, and it could be his old college teammate Coby Fleener.

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3. Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor
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Terrelle Pryor was given the starting quarterback job for the Oakland Raiders this summer by default. He's gotten better every week since outplaying his competition in training camp. This week, he takes on a Philadelphia Eagles defense that is no stranger to giving up the big play.

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2. Aaron Dobson

Aaron Dobson
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Aaron Dobson caught his second touchdown of the season last week, but it was his 15 yards-per-catch average on four receptions that was the most impressive. The New England Patriots need a receiver to stretch the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend -- that guy could be Dobson.

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1. Le'Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell
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Le'Veon Bell missed the first three games of the year for the Pittsburgh Steelers with a foot injury. Since then, he's average 3.3 yards-per-carry and scored three touchdowns. This week, he faces a banged-up New England run defense that has allowed the second-most yards on the ground this season.