In fantasy football circles, the New Orleans Saints have never really been known to have a stable of IDP superstars. The team has predominantly been an offensive powerhouse that wins their games by simply outscoring their opponents.
However, they still have several IDP options worth targeting early this summer. One of those defensive sleepers is LB Curtis Lofton.
Lofton moved to New Orleans from the Atlanta Falcons last off-season, but he still showed that he can be a tackling machine. The linebacker has racked up 270 tackles over his last two seasons, including 147 hits in 2011 in Hot-lanta. Fantasy owners love to target linebackers that can fill the tackle-side of the box score and Lofton can clearly make plays in the open field.
The former Oklahoma star is also one of the most durable options in all of fantasy. Lofton has been in uniform for 80 straight games and the linebacker has not missed a start in his five-year career. Durability, especially in IDP leagues, is extremely underrated on draft day.
Lofton doesn’t offer much in the way of sacks or interceptions, but his astonishing tackle numbers make him a reliable second fantasy starter. He will fall outside of the top-15 linebackers this summer in most IDP leagues and will be an absolute steal anywhere after the 12th round.