Te'o spent most of last year backing up AJ Klein, but he was productive at middle linebacker when Klein was absent from the lineup due to various injuries. Still, with Klein now healthy and the Saints signing coveted free agent Demario Davis, it comes as a surprise that Te'o is listed as the starter at middle linebacker. Should this alignment hold -- Te'o at middle linebacker and Klein and Davis starting on the outside -- Te'o could see a bump in value in IDP leagues.
Te'o made five tackles (two solo) in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card win over the Panthers.
Te'o played 57 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps (77%), in addition to seven special-teams snaps. Te'o has notched 36 total tackles in the five games since starting at middle linebacker after AJ Klein was lost of the season. While not a flashy performer, Te'o should continue to be a quality IDP option in playoff fantasy leagues. The Saints will travel to Minnesota for next week's divisional-round contest against the Vikings.
Te'o made seven tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 31-19 win against the Jets.
With normal starting middle linebacker A.J. Klein sidelined with a groin injury, Te'o played every defensive snap for the Saints. Klein was unable to practice at all last week, so there's a decent chance that he will miss Week 16 as well. If that's the case, expect Te'o to again garner the starting nod in Klein's absence versus a Falcons team Te'o notched 10 tackles against just a couple of weeks ago.
Te'o made 10 tackles (eight solo) in Thursday night's loss to the Falcons.
Te'o's 10 total tackles were a season high, as he played 57 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps (77 percent), in addition to five special teams snaps, after starting middle linebacker A.J. Klein left the game with a groin injury. The severity of Klein's injury is still unknown, so Te'o could again see substantial playing time in Week 15 against the Jets. It's worth noting, however, that when Klein missed the team's Week 11 tilt against Washington, Te'o could only muster five total tackles.
Te'o notched nine tackles (seven solo), a sack and three tackles for losses in Sunday's preseason win against the Chargers. According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Te'o appears to be the front-runner to start at middle linebacker in the Saints' base 4-3 defense.
A former Charger, the Saints took a chance on Te'o who is coming off a torn Achilles, by signing the fifth-year linebacker to an incentive-laden two-year deal this offseason. While injuries have plagued the former Notre Dame star throughout his young career, when healthy, he has been a consistent performer. Te'o may leave the field on passing downs, but as long as he starts and, most importantly, remains healthy, he's a good bet for solid production at a reasonable price in IDP leagues.
|P3||8/25/18||@ LAC||8:00 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ BAL||4:05 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ MIN||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||11/29/18||@ DAL||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/18||@ CAR||8:15 pm|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||13||61||41.0||20||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||10||60||39.0||21||1||1||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2015||San Diego Chargers||12||83||63.0||20||0.5||1||11||11.0||11||0||2|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||3||17||11.0||6||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||62||42.0||20||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Diego Chargers||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|