5 Up-And-Coming NFL Players Who Could Break Out in Week 10

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5 Up-And-Coming NFL Players Who Could Breakout In Week 10

5 Up-And-Coming NFL Players Who Could Breakout In Week 10
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The NFL is full of breakout performances each week, some coming from star players, but others come from the lesser known, but equally talented ones. These are the players we will be focusing on this week, they are all names you know, but they are players who are not yet thought of as reliable or consistent, but will have a breakout performance this weekend for their respective team.

Some lesser known players have already broken out this year such as Kenny Stills or Kiko Alonso, but there are still some talented athletes who aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. Some play for struggling teams and simply don’t get the publicity because of that reason, but others are on a winning team, and simply have been overshadowed by others.

I am predicting these players to breakout on two different criteria; No. 1 is that they have shown me they have enough talent to succeed, and the other is they will be entering into a favorable matchup this weekend and will have an opportunity to shine for that reason.

One player who was on this list prior to his injury was rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who has three sacks to date and would have been lining up against the struggling Chicago Bears offensive line. Ansah was seen leaving the team’s locker room in a walking boot on Tuesday, however, and while his status for Sunday is uncertain, he has been left off this list, but should be watched closely if he manages to play.

The other players on this list, however, are healthy and should be playing on Sunday, so proceed to the next slide and see which players you should be watching extra close this weekend.

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No. 5 Jake Locker

No. 5 Jake Locker
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Jake Locker was drafted three years ago by the Tennessee Titans, but it was the way he was playing prior to his knee injury this season that has me convinced he is the future in Tennessee. Locker is showing impressive accuracy this season and has only three interceptions in the six games he has played in. This Sunday will mark Locker’s second game back from injury, and since he is playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars, this should be when he puts on his best performance of the season and lets everyone know he will be around for quite some time.

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No. 4 Lamar Miller

No. 4 Lamar Miller
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Unless you follow the Miami Dolphins or the AFC East closely, you probably haven’t notice Lamar Miller is doing well in his limited role for the Dolphins. Although he has been the starting running back all season long, Miller has just 93 rushing attempts to date, but is averaging an impressive 4.8 yards per carry. The Dolphins have put a lot of emphasis on their pass game, which is understandable, but going up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ nearly non-existent run defense on Monday night, Miller should see 20-plus carries and have his best game to date as a Dolphin.

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No. 3 Case Keenum

No. 3 Case Keenum
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Case Keenum is no longer a secret as he now has put in two solid performances for the Houston Texans, but he has yet to solidify himself as their franchise quarterback, and will have that opportunity against the Arizona Cardinals this weekend. The Cardinals have a few weapons in their secondary including rookie Tyrann Mathieu, but with the connection Keenum and Andre Johnson showcased last week, I expect Keenum to look even better this Sunday afternoon. Some could argue Keenum has already broken out, but this is a quarterback still fighting for his job, meaning he still must prove he is the real deal and finish out the season strong.

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No. 2 Andre Ellington

No. 2 Andre Ellington
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Andre Ellington is coming off a game in which he averaged over 10 yards per carry, but the Cardinals allotted him just 15 rushing attempts all day in their victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Ellington has shown these glimpses of big playmaking ability in his limited playing time this year, and last week was the first time he was given a real chance to snatch the starting running back job. Now that Ellington has the starting job, he must come out against a tough Texans run defense and prove he can continue his success. Ellington is simply an up-and-comer right now, but a breakout performance against the Texans will give him the attention he deserves.

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No. 1 Khiry Robinson

No. 1 Khiry Robinson
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Khiry Robinson is undoubtedly the least recognizable name on this list, but that doesn’t mean he won’t shine for the New Orleans Saints this weekend. The Saints have announced Darren Sproles may miss their upcoming game with a concussion, which means the running back duties would likely be shared between Robinson and Pierre Thomas. In the preseason, Robinson showed an ability to make catches out of the backfield, and if he is given the chance to replicate Sproles’ role on Sunday, the rookie running back could become a hot name among fantasy football owners.


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