25-Year-Old Safety – New Orleans Saints
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
After a promising rookie campaign, Vaccaro regressed in his sophomore season, including, at one point, being benched by the Saints' coaching staff. Still, for fantasy purposes, his numbers remained re...
Kenny Vaccaro Contract Information:
Signed a four-year contract with the Saints in May 2013.
The Saints picked up Vaccaro's fifth-year option for the 2017 season Tuesday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Vaccaro's rookie season was a disappointment in IDP terms, as a concussion, a fractured ankle and the Saints' league-low play count of 943 snaps conspired to keep Vaccaro's stat-count low, but he was quite effective in real football terms. He was a big reason why the Saints allowed just 6.8 yards per pass last year, so he'll be locked into a full-time play count once again in 2013. Between the possibility of a 16-game season and the probability that the Saints will see more defensive snaps, Vaccaro is a strong bet to improve on the 79 tackles (62 solo), one sack and one interception he posted as a rookie last year. Free agent signing Jairus Byrd is mostly a pure free safety, leaving Vaccaro to handle the majority of the strong safety tasks, which puts him in position to post the higher tackle total between the two.
Some might consider it risky to rank a rookie among the elite, but it's difficult to see how Vaccaro could be anything but a high-floor/high-ceiling IDP investment in 2013. The Saints are desperate to improve their abominable 2012 defense, yet they had only two draft picks in the first three rounds of the draft. That they considered Vaccaro the top choice for making an immediate improvement suggests he'll start right away in 2013. He might not strictly play safety – a slot corner role could await him in nickel formats – but Vaccaro should be around the ball often either way. Moreover, the player Vaccaro is most likely to displace in the starting lineup – Malcolm Jenkins – was a profitable IDP in 2012, totaling 94 tackles in just 13 games.