Okafor had four tackles (three solo), a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 26-17 win against the Packers. Okafor has quietly posted both a sack and a forced fumble in three of his last four games. The fifth-year pro has seized control of the starting defensive end position opposite Cameron Jordan, and with the latter commanding a ton of offensive attention, Okafor could continue to post quality fantasy numbers.
Okafor notched two tackles (both solo), a pass defensed, a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 52-38 win over the Lions. Okafor now has a sack in two of his last three games. On Sunday, his takedown of Matthew Stafford in the end zone caused Stafford to cough up the ball, which was recovered by Kenny Vaccaro for a first-quarter touchdown. While he still has only 19 tackles on the season, Okafor has picked up his game of late, and he may be worthy of a roster spot in some deeper IDP leagues. Okafor and the Saints will face an injury-riddled Packers offense in Week 7.
Okafor made five tackles (three solo) and notched his first sack as a Saint in Sunday's 34-13 win against the Panthers. Okafor, who signed with the Saints this offseason, has 14 total tackles through three games. The fifth-year pro continues to start at defensive end and see most of the playing time opposite Cameron Jordan, but he will have to start making a few more plays as a pass rusher to warrant ownership in many IDP leagues.
Okafor started and recorded a sack, a quarterback hit and two tackles for a loss in about a quarter of action in the Saints' preseason game Sunday against the Chargers. According to Jeff Duncan of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Okafor is the clear leader to start at defensive end in Week 1. The Saints have been searching for years for a serviceable starting option opposite Cameron Jordan along the defensive line, and it appears Okafor could be a viable fit after spending the last four seasons in Arizona. While the 26-year-old primarily played outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 defensive scheme, he flashed impressive edge-rushing abilities at times. It remains to be seen whether Okafor can provide enough sack to consistently make a fantasy impact, but assuming he's able to lock down a starting gig, he may be worth a flier in deeper IDP formats.
Okafor is one of the leading candidates to start at defensive end for the Saints, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. The Saints signed Okafor this offseason after he spent the last four seasons in Arizona, where he played outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme. The 26-year-old has showed flashes of dynamic ability when healthy. He had eight sacks in 2014 but managed just 13 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2016. The Saints have struggled for years to find a serviceable starter at defensive end opposite Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan, but the team seems content allowing the unproven Okafor to compete for a starting gig with third-year pro Hau'oli Kikaha, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury, and third-round draft pick Trey Hendrickson.
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