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Nick Kwiatkoski, MLB, LV
There were rumblings at the beginning of training camp that Kwiatkoski could lose his starting job. However, he's expected to retain his role at middle linebacker after Tanner Muse was cut Sunday. Kwiatkoski is a sure tackler and an iffy pass defender, and the former offers plenty of fantasy utility. Through just 12 games last season, he rang up a career-high 81 tackles (53 solo), four pass breakups and an interception.
Christian Kirksey, MLB, HOU
Kirksey's main struggle is staying healthy, as he has played just 20 games over the last three seasons. When he's 100 percent, the 29-year-old is a run-stuffing machine, evidenced by his 77 tackles (46 solo) over 548 snaps through 11 games with the Packers last year. Now, Kirksey is locked into the starting middle linebacker role in Houston. Game scripts should play in his favor, with most opponents running the ball to defend their leads against the Texans' hapless offense.
Troy Reeder, ILB, LA
Reeder dominated after stepping into a starting role last season following Micah Kiser's knee injury, racking up 60 tackles (38 solo) and two pass breakups over the final six games. After proving it wasn't a fluke during training camp and the preseason, Reeder won the starting job heading into 2021, and Kiser was cut from the team. Kenny Young is also expected to start at inside linebacker. There's room for both players to reach 100 tackles.
C.J. Mosley, MLB, NYJ