by Gary VanDyke | Tue, Nov 6th 4:05pm EST
After three consecutive weeks of above average IDP production (for him), New Orleans Saints strongside linebacker A.J. Klein came back down to earth in the win over the Los Angeles Rams Sunday. The prior three weeks he recorded over six combined tackles with additional statistics which has been above his personal average since becoming the main starting strongside linebacker last season. In this favorable matchup this Sunday, he dropped back down to his normal average of about four combined tackles.
This is just a cautionary tail being stated for the rest of this season and not at all a statement he won't bounce back up. But looking at last season when he averaged about three tackles a game and one assist over all the contest he was active. And then comparing his four games over and four games under four combined this season so far, IDP owners should be aware that Klein is still likely just a bye week option depending on the matchup for the rest of this season. Unlike Demario Davis who is the starting middle linebacker and has averaged about five and a half solo tackles and just over two assists per game so far this season. Klein owners need to limit their expectations until further notice. His role in the defense is odd, to say the least on how normal defenses use a strongside player.