James Laurinaitis | St. Louis Rams | LB
2013 Experience: 5th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: One of the elite IDP linebackers over the past few seasons, Laurinaitis posted a career high in solo tackles (and league high) with 117 on the season. Terrific number and while he won’t give you the sack numbers of other elite options, it’s his high solo number that helps him stay in the top five.
It will be interesting to see how his numbers are affected as second-round pick and new weak-side linebacker Alec Ogletree and even strong-side backer Jo-Lynn Dunber had a promising year in 2012.
I think Laurinaitis will maintain LB1 numbers even when Ogletree proves he’s worthy of playing in sub-packages. Look to the Rams star middle linebacker as a safe top five option to add as your first linebacker in redraft leagues.
|2012 Projected Stats||139||108||1||1||6||2|
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
For all the problems the problems the Rams have had in the interior line, it’s nice to see they have an instant positive addition in the run game with Michael Brockers. Even Jeff Fisher has noted that Brockers will take on blockers to free up James Laurinaitis to make plays.
It can’t hurt, and factoring in that Luarinaitis has been one of the better solo artists at his position in his first three years, it could bigger things for the four-year veteran.
What is also encouraging is Luarinaitis put up the type of big-play numbers you want to see from a top ten prospect, which could help him end the years as a top five producer.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
James Laurinaitis is a respectable top twenty five option at linebacker but you have to be patience with his up and down play at times. Then again you could make the case that just about all IDP options are up and down performers throughout the season. You have to have options you believe in as you top starters on your team from any position and if you are a big Laurinaitis fan, than by all means take him in your draft.
Personally I’m not a huge fan of Laurinaitis but maybe that’s because I’m a 49er fan and my biased is getting in the way. No matter what my personal opinions are, no one can deny the results he’s had in his first two seasons as he’s had no less than 114 tackles, two sacks and five pass deflections. Those numbers won’t blow you away but they are respectable and make him a decent choice for a No.2 linebacker and a very nice No.3 if you can get him that deep.
|2011 Projected Stats||115||93||2.5||0||4||1|
2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
James Laurinaitis was expected to be a rookie standout for IDP leagues and he didn’t disappoint. The rookie middle linebacker had plenty of opportunities to rack up the tackles all year on the sorry Rams defense. Few on the Rams defense (if any) have the range that Laurinaitis has and that means he will rack up the tackles once again in 2010.