Klein played 50 of the Saints' 68 offensive snaps, as the outside linebacker has continued to see the majority of the playing time at outside linebacker after splitting snaps in Week 1. While Klein does not offer much outside of tackles -- he does not have a sack or interception this year -- he remains a decent source of low-end tackle production for owners in deeper IDP leagues.
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.
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.
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.
|13||11/29/18||@ DAL||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/18||@ CAR||8:15 pm|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||12||54||37.0||17||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||10||45||27.0||18||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||10||0||0||0||0||1||17||1||0|