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51 Manti Te'o LB

New Orleans Saints

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Saints' Manti Te'o: Continues to produce as starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Saints' Manti Te'o: Solid as starting linebacker
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Saints' Manti Te'o: Productive following Klein injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Saints' Manti Te'o: Expected to start at middle linebacker
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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, 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.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2013San Diego Chargers136141.0200000.0004
2014San Diego Chargers106039.0211100.0003
2015San Diego Chargers128363.0200.511111.01102
2016San Diego Chargers31711.060000.0000
2017New Orleans Saints166242.0200000.0003
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2013San Diego Chargers1300000000
2014San Diego Chargers1000000000
2015San Diego Chargers1200100000
2016San Diego Chargers300000000
2017New Orleans Saints1600001010

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Laie, HI, USA
Notre Dame
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