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54 A.J. Klein OLB

Buffalo Bills

Fantasy Stats
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Key Stats
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Player Updates

November 18, 2020 02:16 AM
Bills' A.J. Klein: Continues to produce
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein compiled a season-high 11 tackles in Sunday's loss to Arizona while also adding a sack.

Klein has been all over the field the last two weeks, which comes as no small coincidence with fellow starter Matt Milano (pectoral) on IR. That's moved Klein from being the first starting linebacker to sit out in certain sets into pretty much an every-down player. Klein played 92 percent of defensive snaps Sunday after seeing 95 percent in Week 9. The Bills are on bye this week, but the veteran makes for a sneaky IDP play if you need someone for Week 12, as Milano is guaranteed to be out for at least more game due to IR rules.

November 10, 2020 04:00 PM
Bills' A.J. Klein: Best game for Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein recorded five tackles, 2.0 sacks, one pass defensed, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble during Sunday's win over Seattle.

Klein was given his second largest share of playing time all season (95 percent of defensive snaps), as fellow starter Matt Milano was placed on IR last week with a pectoral injury. This was one of the first games the Bills got what they were expecting from Klein after bringing him in via free agency with a decent-sized contract. We're not sure that will continue based on some of his past dud outings, but there's a chance he's starting to fully grasp Leslie Frazier's defense, plus Klein will certainly be seeing an uptick in playing time for at least the next couple of weeks.

October 16, 2020 02:20 PM
Bills' A.J. Klein: Low output with new team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein had just one tackle and no other stats in Tuesday's loss to the Titans.

One would think Klein would be the beneficiary of extra playing time with fellow starter Matt Milano (pectoral) being out, but that hasn't been the case and Klein is spending a much higher percentage of time on special teams than in the regular defense. That's a bit of a surprise, considering Klein started off the season strong with five tackles in each of the first two games and has familiarity with Sean McDermott's defensive schemes. Klein only played 19 defensive snaps in Tuesday's loss and just eight the week prior against the Raiders, so it looks like he can be safely avoided in deep IDP formats. Plus, there's a good chance Milano returns as early as this week against the Chiefs.

September 19, 2020 02:48 AM
Bills' A.J. Klein: More prominent role lies ahead
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein's teammates Matt Milano (hamstring) and Tremaine Edmunds (shoulder) have both been ruled out for Week 2 in Miami.

Klein is typically a starter alongside his two talented teammates, but he's the first to sit out in certain packages. That may not be the case this week, as the Bills have a whittled-down linebacker corps for the game and may be relying on Klein more than would typically be expected. Even though he'll stay on the outside, he may be the one linebacker versed enough in the Bills' defense that he could be asked to take on Edmunds' normal play-calling duties. Klein posted five tackles in Week 1, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him equal or exceed that total against the Dolphins.

September 16, 2020 01:24 AM
Bills' A.J. Klein: Gets extra playing time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein was tied for the team lead in tackles during Sunday's win over the Jets with five stops.

Klein saw action on 62 percent of the defensive snaps, but his role increased when both of his fellow linebacker starters -- Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds -- had to leave the game for good due to injury. Both players appear to be a question mark for the Week 2 contest in Miami, meaning Klein could be in line for more action once again.

August 13, 2020 02:28 PM
Bills' A.J. Klein: Strategic use with new team?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

While Klein is set to start at strong-side linebacker in his first season as a Bill, he may not approach the 71 percent of the defensive snaps he saw for the Saints last season, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports.

The Bills play a lot more nickel defense than the Saints and frequently use defensive backs and two linebackers in a number of formations, formations that will likely see Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano stay on the field while Klein gives way to someone with a different skill set. The Bills played their base 4-3 defense on just on just 21.5 percent of the defensive snaps in 2019, and while Klein will be on the field more than that, he's also likely to see the least amount of playing time among Buffalo's three starting linebackers. For that reason, Klein is expected to see more special-teams work than his two fellow starters.

March 17, 2020 11:20 AM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Moving north to Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein agreed Monday with the Bills on a three-year, $18 million deal, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

The deal can't become official until Wednesday, but at that time he'll be moving teams and is the early favorite to take over a starting outside role for the retired Lorenzo Alexander. Klein, who posted 69 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two passes defended, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and one touchdown last season, has a history with Buffalo's brass dating back to his Carolina days.

January 7, 2020 05:44 AM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Solid campaign with strong finish
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein recorded 69 tackles (47 solo), 2.5 sacks, one interception and a touchdown in 2019.

The seventh-year veteran had a solid showing in 2019, holding steady in tackles and sacks while recording his first career touchdown. Klein has started all but one of the 43 games he's appeared in through three seasons with the Saints, and he's one of 25 players entering free agency in 2020.

December 30, 2019 05:48 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Scores pick-six in blowout win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein recorded six tackles (five solo), one interception and a touchdown in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Klein tied for the team lead in tackles while recording his first interception of the season. After a rough start, he's come alive over the last three weeks, managing 15 tackles (nine solo), 2.5 sacks and a pick in that span. His lone interception was returned for a 14-yard score, and Klein will take his hot streak into the playoffs with the Saints sporting a 13-3 record.

December 23, 2019 08:04 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Records two sacks in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein managed three tackles (all solo), two sacks and a tackle for a loss in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Titans on Sunday.

After failing to record a sack through the first 14 games of the season, Klein has done so in back-to-back games. On the season, he's racked up 63 tackles (42 solo) and a forced fumble to go along with his 2.5 sacks, which is rough because his value is primarily tied to his ability to get the quarterback. He'll have a chance to finish the year strong against a reeling Panthers offense in Week 17.

December 17, 2019 05:04 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Gets to quarterback in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein finished with six tackles (one solo) and 0.5 sacks in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday.

Klein recorded his first sack Monday, finishing just behind Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (8) for the team lead in tackles in the process. On the season, the linebacker has racked up 60 tackles (39 solo), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He's failed to stand out in his solo play this year and doesn't make an appealing IDP option in most fantasy formats.

December 14, 2019 11:52 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Back for Week 15
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein (knee) is clear of the injury report for Monday's game against the Colts, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Klein missed last week's loss to the 49ers due to the knee injury, but he'll be back on the field Monday. The 28-year-old should serve in his usual starting role at strongside linebacker Monday.

December 6, 2019 05:36 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Won't play Week 14
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus San Francisco, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Klein apparently sustained the injury during the Thanksgiving Day victory over the Falcons and didn't practice this week. Stephone Anthony and Craig Robertson are in line to see increased snaps Sunday with Kiko Alonso (thigh) also ruled out.

December 6, 2019 03:56 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Misses another practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein (knee) didn't participate in practice Thursday.

Klein did not participate in practice for the second consecutive day. He logged just a 35-percent snap rate in the team's Week 13 win as a result of the injury, opening up more opportunity for Stephone Anthony and Craig Robertson. The pair would likely fill in again if he's unable to go in the team's Week 14 matchup against the 49ers.

December 4, 2019 07:16 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: DNP to start week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein (knee) didn't participate in Wednesday's walkthrough, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Klein may have been hurting during Week 13's win over the Falcons, as he logged a season-low, 35-percent snap share. Since Wednesday wasn't an actual practice, Klein's status for Thursday's session will reveal more about his status for Sunday's daunting matchup against the 49ers.

November 12, 2019 08:44 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Records seven tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein notched seven tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 26-9 loss to the Falcons.

Klein was tied for second on the team in tackles behind only Demario Davis (11). The Saints put out a rare poor performance Sunday, but will have a chance to bounce back against the Buccaneers and a turnover-prone Jameis Winston in Week 11.

September 5, 2019 05:28 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Absent from injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein (undisclosed) is not listed on New Orleans' injury report Thursday, Luke Johnson of USA Today reports.

Klein missed practice due to an undisclosed injury last week and now looks back to full health. He appears on track to play a key role in the Saints' defense during Monday's matchup against the Texans.

January 16, 2019 05:00 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Modest production as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein finished the 2018 regular season with 69 tackles (42 solo), two sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 16 games.

Klein started at middle linebacker most of the season in New Orleans but his production was fairly pedestrian, as he averaged just over four tackles per game. Klein offers little as a pass rusher or turnover specialist, so while he's a frontrunner to start at linebacker again in 2019, he's not a sought-after fantasy commodity.

December 9, 2018 04:36 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Tallies second consecutive sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein had four tackles (four solo) and a sack in Sunday's 28-14 win over Tampa Bay.

Klein was solid for the Saints' defense all game and recorded his second consecutive sack in as many games. The Iowa State product now has 58 tackles (35 solo) in 13 games, which makes him an unreliable IDP option.

December 1, 2018 01:16 PM
Saints' A.J. Klein: Records first sack in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Klein had five tackles (two solo) and a sack in Thursday's 13-10 loss to the Cowboys.

The five tackles are Klein's highest output since Week 8 against the Vikings, as he had just 11 total tackles over the previous four games. The 27-year-old has 54 tackles (31 solo) through 12 games, and his modest production of late makes him an unreliable IDP option.

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Game Log
DateOpponentResultTKLASTTOTSCKINTPDEFFFSTY
Sun 09/13vs NYJW 27-1732500000
Sun 09/20@ MIAW 31-2841500000
Sun 09/27vs LARW 35-3200000000
Sun 10/04@ LVW 30-2310100000
Tue 10/13@ TENL 16-4210100000
Sun 10/25@ NYJW 18-104260.50000
Sun 11/01vs NEW 24-2121300000
Sun 11/08vs SEAW 44-3450520110
Sun 11/15@ ARIL 30-321011110000
Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2020BUF106443683.500001
2019NO15156947222.51141412
2018NO1615704228216603
2017NO1212533617200004
2016CAR157301614100001
2015CAR156553916118801
2014CAR148392514000000
2013CAR16221183200000
Total11371383 261.0122 1432814112
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/240
Birthdate:
07/30/1991
Age:
29
Hometown:
Appleton, WI, USA
School:
Iowa State
NFL Experience:
8
Awards: