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 ($9.4 million guaranteed) with the Saints in March of 2017.
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.
ANALYSIS
A week after playing just 38 percent of the team's defensive snaps, Klein saw 48 of the Saints' 62 defensive snaps (77 percent) in Week 2 -- significantly more than Klein's main competitors for playing time, Manti Te'o (35 snaps) and Alex Anzalone (23 snaps). Klein's nine tackles also tied for the team lead in this game. For at least one week, Klein appears to have surged to the top of the linebacker committee, but it remains difficult to predict how Klein, Te'o and Anzalone will be deployed on a weekly basis.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Defensive Snaps:
    73
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    35
 
Def Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
351
231
2017
664
63
2018
73
35
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other LBs)

Height:   6' 1"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   240 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.66 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Cone Drill:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Arm Length:   0.00 in
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Hand Length:   0.00 in
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Vertical Jump:   0 in
Not Available
Broad Jump:   113 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   20 reps
POOR
New Orleans Saints Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2016
2015
2014
2013
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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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
Groin
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
Groin
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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Placed on injured reserve
LBNew Orleans Saints
Groin
December 19, 2017
Klein (groin) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.
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Will miss Week 15
LBNew Orleans Saints
Groin
December 15, 2017
Klein (groin) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Nick Underhill of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
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