Alex Okafor

#57 DL / New Orleans Saints / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 261 lb Age: 26 College: Texas Bye 5

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  • Okafor was diagnosed with a torn Achilles after being evaluated Monday and will miss the rest of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. As the Saints had feared when Okafor was carted off the field in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Redskins, the starting defensive end sustained a significant injury and will likely be headed to injured reserve. Okafor, who signed a one-year, $2 million contract in March, has been an unsung hero of the Saints' defensive turnaround this season, recording 43 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 10 games. With surgery awaiting him and potentially keeping him sidelined to begin the 2018 campaign, Okafor may have a cool market as he heads into free agency this winter. The Saints, meanwhile, are expected to rely on a rotation of Hau'oli Kikaha and Trey Hendrickson to fill the defensive end spot opposite top pass rusher Cameron Jordan.

  • Saints' Alex Okafor: Notches another sack in win
    By RotoWire Staff

    Okafor recorded a sack in Sunday's win over the Bills to bring his season total up to 4.5. On the day, Okafor recorded four tackles (three solo) to go along with the sack. The 26-year-old was heavily involved throughout the day, as he saw 41 snaps (85.0 percent), which was the second highest total on the team.

  • Saints' Alex Okafor: Sack, forced fumble in Week 6
    By RotoWire Staff

    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.

  • Saints' Alex Okafor: Records first sack with Saints
    By RotoWire Staff

    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.

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