Curtis Lofton | New Orleans Saints | LB
2012 Experience: 5th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: The only reason I can see the Falcons moving on from Curtis Lofton is because of money as he’s was their top tackler for a few years and is only 25 years old. Not only did the Falcons fail to resign him, but he landed in New Orleans.
Lofton and David Hawthorne both came in through free agency as the Saints knew they needed to do something because the bounty scandal was likely to suspend Jonathan Vilma. Vilma is gone for a year, and Lofton will serve as the middle linebacker and top fantasy option over Hawthorne.
Not one of the better big-play linebackers in the middle, Lofton holds rock solid LB2 value and could creep into the low LB1 tier if Hawthorne misses time.
|2012 Projected Stats||118||84||1.5||2||5||1|
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
While Curtis Lofton is clearly a top ten linebacker for IDP tackle heavy leagues, he will probably never have the upside of other middle linebackers like Patrick Willis to make big plays, or be a Jerod Mayo and rack up over 160 tackles. My point is, he’s a steady option for your squad like a Rashard Mendenhall of running backs, but he’s not necessarily the super star like Adrian Peterson or Arian Foster, if you will.
That is why you might see our linebacker rankings have a few names whom we project to have better numbers than Lofton ahead of him, but it doesn’t mean he won’t get the job done for your team. If Sean Weatherspoon can develop into a star strong-side linebacker, he will probably take some tackles away from Lofton, especially in the passing game, where Lofton isn’t as productive.
Still, Lofton should make a run for 120 tackles again this season, just don’t look for his pass deflections, forced fumbles or sacks to be one of the higher totals for his position.
|2011 Projected Stats||120||88||1||2||3||0|
2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
While Curtis Lofton posted a decent rookie season it was his second year in the NFL that he truly broke out for IDP fantasy owners. Racking up over 130 tackles just goes to show that Lofton is a worthy candidate for a top ten pick for IDP players this up coming year in tackle-heavy leagues. Expect another strong season from the budding young talent.