2013 Fantasy Football: Draft LB James Laurinaitis Early In IDP Leagues

By Adam McGill
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The St. Louis Rams have not been known as a fantasy football powerhouse over the last several seasons. They have ranked near the bottom of every offensive category and have continuously disappointed fantasy owners across the board. However, fantasy football IDP owners have relished drafting players on the offensively stunted Rams in recent seasons because the defense always seems to be on the field.

Hands down the most productive fantasy option in St. Louis lately has been ILB James Laurinaitis. He has racked up 142 tackles in two consecutive seasons and the former Ohio State standout was ranked sixth in the entire NFL in tackles. The most impressive stat from last season was his 117 solo tackles, as Laurinaitis led the entire NFL in the ever-important category.

Laurinaitis only had two interceptions last year and registered just 0.5 sack, but his tackle numbers were overwhelming in all formats. After all, it is hard to argue with a guy that gives you four to five points a week strictly based on hits.

The middle linebacker has shockingly never missed a game throughout his four-year career. He plays the most physically demanding position, but yet has been on the field every game for a constantly underachieving football team. He is one player that you can plug in week after week and never worry about him sitting out.

Laurinaitis has quickly moved up IDP rankings and should be drafted within the top-five linebackers in all formats this fantasy season.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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