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Curtis Lofton

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Curtis Lofton | New Orleans Saints | LB

2013 Experience: 6th Season

IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: New team, same story for IDP dynasty owners with Lofton as the veteran posted another fine performance. Lofton will be the top IDP option in New Orleans and shouldn’t have a problem reaching 120 tackles again as the Saints defense figures to be on the field often.

New Orleans is changing to a 3-4 defense buy we watched Sean Lee thrive in Rob Ryans defense when on the field. No, Lofton doesn’t have the range in coverage that Lee gave Dallas, but he’s an instinctive linebacker and will find the football.

Lofton figures to be a solid top 15 linebacker, but he’s not an elite option because he doesn’t tend to give us much in the way of sacks.

Tackles
Total Solo Sacks FF PD INT
2013 Projected Stats 120 84 1.5 2 5 1
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Welcome to Curtis Lofton’s IDP fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Lofton’s player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for individual defensive player fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

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.

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.

Tackles
Total Solo Sacks FF PD INT
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.

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