30-Year-Old Linebacker – New Orleans Saints
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Often under-appreciated, Hawthorne - when healthy - has been a viable IDP option in most fantasy leagues. From 2009 to 2011, he averaged 113 tackles per season in Seattle. Signed by the Saints in 2012...
David Hawthorne Contract Information:
Signed a five-year deal with New Orleans in April of 2012.
According to head coach Sean Payton, Hawthorne will replace the departed Curtis Lofton as one of the Saints' starting inside linebackers, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)As a result, Ramon Humber will take Hawthorne's spot in the Saints' lineup Thursday, with Todd Davis also having been added from the practice squad to bolster the team's Week 9 linebacker depth.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
With Jonathan Vilma appearing in only one game due to injuries, Hawthorne started at linebacker in his second season with the Saints, finishing the year with 91 tackles (60 solo) and three sacks in 16 games. Hawthorne will once again start at linebacker for New Orleans, which makes him an appealing IDP option after he returned to form last year following an injury-plagued 2012 campaign.
Hawthorne managed just 38 tackles in 11 games as he battled injuries for much of the season, snapping his streak of years recording 100 tackles at three. Hawthorne, still only 27 years old, will compete for a starting position at inside linebacker in the Saints new 3-4 defense. If he can secure a starting spot, he could be a strong sleeper option in IDP drafts.
Hawthorne probably wonít approach the tackle totals posted by Curtis Lofton given that heíll play further away from the point of attack on the outside, but Hawthorne is a good player who should maintain relevance as an IDP no matter the specifics of his role this year. He totaled 338 tackles the last three years for Seattle, and he consistently made big plays in coverage over the same span, intercepting seven passes and returning one for a touchdown. That interception production could be useful in the pass-happy NFC South.
Despite playing alongside a fourth overall pick (Aaron Curry) and a second-round pick (Lofa Tatupu), the undrafted Hawthorne likely has emerged as the top linebacker for the Seahawks. Hawthorne has demonstrated a well-rounded game on the outside, totaling 223 tackles (169 solo), four sacks, four interceptions and five forced fumbles the last two years. That sort of balance between tackle, sack and turnover production is an ideal trait in IDPs. Despite the teamís logjam at linebacker, donít expect Seattle to implement a rotation at Hawthorneís expense. Heís too good to be on the bench.
Hawthorne took over at linebacker last year when Lofa Tatupu went down with a season-ending injury and proceeded to turn himself into a viable weekly IDP option. He finished with 117 tackles, totaling double-digit tackles in five of the 11 games he started (he had nine tackles each in two other games). He added four sacks and three interceptions. The problem this season is playing time. Linebacker is Seattle's most talented defensive position with Tatupu anchoring the middle and Leroy Hill and Aaron Curry on the outside. Hill's legal trouble could open the door for Hawthorne. If he gets on the field enough, he could be a useful IDP option this season, though lining up at OLB likely will provide fewer tackling opportunities than last season at ILB.