James Laurinaitis
James Laurinaitis
31-Year-Old LinebackerLB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for James Laurinaitis in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Released by the Saints in November of 2016.
Retires Tuesday
LBFree Agent
April 11, 2017
Laurinaitis announced his retirement via his personal Twitter on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
The linebacker played eight seasons in the NFL, the first seven with the Rams and last year with the Saints. Laurinaitis totaled 869 tackles (663 solo), 16.5 sacks and 10 interceptions through 117 games in his career and was the hallmark of the Rams defense for several years.
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Depth Chart Status
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Snap Counts
 
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ST Snaps:
2016
216
29
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other LBs)

Height:   6' 2"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   248 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.72 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.24 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.93 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   0.00 in
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Hand Length:   0.00 in
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Vertical Jump:   33 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   115 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   22 reps
WEAK
Free Agent Team Injury Report
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Out
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Once a consistent top-shelf IDP, Laurinaitis' career has trended downward as age 30 nears. But even though he headed to New Orleans as more of a reclamation project than a truly coveted asset, Laurinaitis should keep producing. There's no other obvious candidate to earn nickel snaps next to Anthony, and Laurinaitis should get plenty of tackle opportunities on a Saints defense that has been unable to get off the field the last few years. Despite his lukewarm free-agent market, Laurinaitis is an IDP bargain buy thanks to seven straight seasons with triple-digit tackles.
Laurinaitis lost some of the spotlight to teammate Alec Ogletree, but the elder statesman is still a quality mid-tier IDP consideration. Laurinaitis stills plays three downs for St. Louis, logging more than 1,000 snaps in 2014, and he's yet to miss a game in his six-year career. Even if he no longer has 140-tackle upside, Laurinaitis still posts solid numbers — 113 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception per year since Ogletree's arrival. Considering Laurinaitis has triple-digit tackles in all six of his pro seasons, a similar effort this season is likely.
It appears Laurinaitis' IDP stock is in the midst of a slight decline. He was in clear LB1 territory in 2011 and 2012, posting 142 tackles in each season (222 solo over that span) while throwing in 3.5 sacks and two interceptions, but the arrival of 2013 first-round pick Alec Ogletree deprived Laurinaitis of some of the tackle opportunities he might have had in the past. His tackle total dropped from 142 to 116 last year, as he logged a career-low 85 solo stops. He did remain a playmaker, posting a career-high 3.5 sacks and intercepting two passes for the third year in a row, giving him nine interceptions in his five seasons. Laurinaitis' days of 140 tackles may be in the past, but he should improve slightly on last year's total, and he's one of the most reliable linebackers in the league when it comes to supplementing his tackle totals with sack and interception production. He should remain active in coverage with Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Aaron Donald forcing bad throws from opposing quarterbacks.
Laurinaitis has been an IDP beast each of his four NFL seasons, and his owners will have every reason to expect a repeat for the fifth year in a row in 2013. The former Ohio State star posted 142 tackles for the second straight season in 2012, though he raised his solo tackle total from 105 to 117 in the process, which actually signals an improvement. Laurinaitis isn't just an elite source of tackle production, though, as he has recovered a fumble in each of his NFL seasons while totaling 8.5 sacks and seven interceptions in that span. There's a fair amount to be said regarding Laurinaitis' consistency, too, because he had six or more tackles in 13 games last year. Laurinaitis should continue to pile up tackles and make plays in a rising St. Louis defense. A highly talented defensive line of Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford should both open up lanes for Laurinaitis and keep offensive linemen preoccupied, leaving Laurinaitis free to pursue the ball.
Forced fumbles aside, Laurinaitis might be behind only Patrick Willis and Desmond Bishop when it comes to well-rounded IDP production, as he reliably posts above-average numbers in the most conventionally important stat categories – solo stops, sacks and interceptions. In his three NFL seasons, Laurinaitis has averaged 103 solo tackles per year, as well as 2.5 sacks and two interceptions. He could post career highs in all of those categories this year, moreover, as the Rams defense figures to become more aggressive and more effective in 2012 under the watch of new coach Jeff Fisher. Laurinaitis will also benefit greatly from the arrival of defensive tackles Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers – the former a free-agent signing from Miami and the latter the 14th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Langford (6-6, 295) and Brockers (6-5, 322) are both mountainous figures with big wingspans who figure to occupy three offensive linemen each play, leaving offenses with just two tackles and perhaps a tight end or running back to deal with Laurinaitis and the intimidating end duo of Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Dangerous as he is, offenses will have no choice but to leave Laurinaitis unaccounted for much of the time.
Laurinaitis is a skilled all-around linebacker who has been quite impressive in his first two seasons of NFL play. The former Ohio State star concluded the last two years with 234 tackles (205 solo), five sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble. He needs to create more turnovers to increase his fantasy value, but in the meantime he’s an extremely reliable run stopper with a floor so high that it’s almost indistinguishable from his ceiling.
After Laurinaitis spent his rookie year minicamp with the second team, expectations dropped. A 120-tackle, two-sack, two-INT campaign proved the skeptics wrong, cementing Laurinaitis in place as the Rams’ starting MLB and as a top-10 option in IDP leagues. A year’s worth of experience and a team that has nowhere to go but up should help Laurinaitis build upon last year’s impressive numbers in his second season.
The coveted rookie out of Ohio State should enter 2009 as the Rams' starting middle linebacker despite seeing time only with the second team during early mini-camps. Laurinaitis is a every down linebacker and should help solidify the Rams' linebacking corp against the run and in coverage while allowing fellow starter Will Witherspoon to return to the weakside role he excels in.
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Released by Saints
LBFree Agent
Quadriceps
November 17, 2016
Laurinaitis (quadriceps) was released by the Saints on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
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Expected to be released
LBNew Orleans Saints
Quadriceps
November 15, 2016
Laurinaitis (quadriceps) is scheduled to visit with a doctor this week and if ruled healthy, will be released by the Saints, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports.
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Headed to injured reserve
LBNew Orleans Saints
Quadriceps
November 5, 2016
Laurinaitis (quadriceps) has been placed on the injured reserve, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Ruled out Week 9
LBNew Orleans Saints
Quadriceps
November 4, 2016
Laurinaitis (quadriceps) will not play Sunday against the 49ers.
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Cleared to play Sunday
LBNew Orleans Saints
October 16, 2016
Laurinaitis (quad) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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