A.J. Klein
A.J. Klein
27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
New Orleans Saints
2018 Fantasy Outlook
In his first season in New Orleans, Klein appeared in 12 games -- all starts -- before suffering a season-ending groin injury in Week 14. As the Saints’ starting middle linebacker, Klein recorded 54 tackles (37 solo), two sacks, four pass breakups and a forced fumble. The Saints, however, signed middle linebacker standout Demario Davis this offseason. While Klein should continue to be a solid albeit unspectacular option in IDP leagues, the offseason acquisition of Davis could shift Klein to outside linebacker, which may suppress his fantasy stock. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Saints in March of 2017.
Seven tackles in Week 8
LBNew Orleans Saints
October 29, 2018
Klein made seven tackles (three solo) in Sunday night's win against the Vikings.
Klein played 56 of the Saints' 73 offensive snaps, as he continues to be a solid source of tackles as a starting outside linebacker in the Saints' base 4-3 defense.
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Measurables Review
How do A.J. Klein's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 1"
240 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.66 sec
Broad Jump
113 in
Bench Press
20 reps
Past Fantasy Outlooks
In his third season, Klein started six games last year, partially as a result to injuries to Luke Kuechly, but finished with 55 stops, one sack and one interception. In doing so, he proved to be a capable fill-in player, which suits him for the Panthers' No. 4 linebacker role this season while Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson form Carolina's starting trio.
Klein registered 39 tackles and two forced fumbles last season and is expected to compete with rookie first-rounder Shaq Thompson for the Panthers' third starting linebacker position next to Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis this season.
Klein excelled on special teams last season and also started two games at weakside linebacker, finishing his rookie year with 21 tackles and two sacks. He'll compete with Chase Blackburn for the Panthers' starting weakside position, while also backing up Luke Kuechly at middle linebacker this season.
The rookie from Iowa State will serve as a reserve linebacker this season.
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Team-high seven tackles in Week 7
LBNew Orleans Saints
October 22, 2018
Klein led the Saints with seven tackles (five solo) in Sunday's win against the Ravens.
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Leads linebacker committee in Week 2
LBNew Orleans Saints
September 18, 2018
Klein had nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's win against the Browns.
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Splits snaps in opener
LBNew Orleans Saints
September 11, 2018
Klein had two tackles (one solo) in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. He played 25 of the Saints' 66 defensive snaps.
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Listed as starting strong-side linebacker
LBNew Orleans Saints
August 6, 2018
Klein is listed as the starting strong-side linebacker on the Saints' first unofficial depth chart, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
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Expects to be ready for OTAs
LBNew Orleans Saints
February 7, 2018
Klein (groin) is optimistic that he will be a full go in time for the start of the Saints' offseason program in the spring, reports the Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
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