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53 A.J. Klein LB

New Orleans Saints

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Saints' A.J. Klein: Leads linebacker committee in Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein had nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's win against the Browns.

A week after playing just 38 percent of the team's defensive snaps, Klein saw 48 of the Saints' 62 defensive snaps (77 percent) in Week 2 -- significantly more than Klein's main competitors for playing time, Manti Te'o (35 snaps) and Alex Anzalone (23 snaps). Klein's nine tackles also tied for the team lead in this game. For at least one week, Klein appears to have surged to the top of the linebacker committee, but it remains difficult to predict how Klein, Te'o and Anzalone will be deployed on a weekly basis.

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Saints' A.J. Klein: Listed as starting strong-side linebacker
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein is listed as the starting strong-side linebacker on the Saints' first unofficial depth chart, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Klein was the Saints' starting middle linebacker for most of last season -- relegating Manti Te'o to a backup role -- so it comes as a surprise that Te'o is listed as the starter, with Klein and Demario Davis manning the outside spots. That said, it's possible that Klein could lose his grip on a starting job following the offseason addition of Davis, so it's probably a good thing for Klein's fantasy stock that he's listed with the first unit at all.

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Saints' A.J. Klein: Expects to be ready for OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein (groin) is optimistic that he will be a full go in time for the start of the Saints' offseason program in the spring, reports the Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

In his first season in New Orleans, Klein appeared in 12 games -- all starts -- before suffering a season-ending groin injury in Week 14. The Saints placed Klein on injured reserve in Week 16 and he finished the season with 54 tackles (37 solo), two sacks, four pass breakups and a forced fumble. While Manti Te'o filled in admirably in his absence, Klein is expected to return as a full-time starter next season and should be a useful fantasy option in IDP leagues.

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Saints' A.J. Klein: Placed on injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein (groin) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Klein was inactive this past Sunday due to a groin injury he suffered in Week 14's loss to the Falcons and the Saints have now decided to officially end the linebacker's season. Klein posted career-highs across the board in his first season with New Orleans, ending his campaign with 54 tackles (37 solo), four passes defensed, two sacks and a forced fumble in 12 games. Look for Manti Te'o to see increased defensive reps for the remainder of the season with Klein sidelined.

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Saints' A.J. Klein: Will miss Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein (groin) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Nick Underhill of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

Klein was unable to practice this week after suffering the injury in the Week 14 loss to the Falcons, and he'll now hope to potentially make a return against the Falcons in Week 16. Gerald Hodges and Manti Te'o are likely to see increased snaps at strong-side linebacker in his absence.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2013Carolina Panthers162118.032000.0000
2014Carolina Panthers143925.0140000.0000
2015Carolina Panthers155539.0161188.0801
2016Carolina Panthers153117.0141000.0001
2017New Orleans Saints125437.0172000.0004
2018New Orleans Saints2117.040000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2013Carolina Panthers1600000000
2014Carolina Panthers1400100000
2015Carolina Panthers1500100000
2016Carolina Panthers1500200000
2017New Orleans Saints1200100000
2018New Orleans Saints200000000

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Appleton, WI, USA
Iowa State
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