by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/4/13) In terms of Fantasy production, the Falcons have the worst defense in the league. They just gave up 31 points to Buffalo without recording a sack or interception and have given up at least 30 points in four of their last five games. They rank second-to-last in the NFL in sacks, third-to-last in takeaways and fourth-to-last in points allowed. They're bad, by any measure.
But in Week 14 at Green Bay, they have a chance to be not so bad.
The Packers rank in the middle of the pack in terms of Fantasy points allowed to DSTs, but much of that came when quarterback Aaron Rodgers was healthy. Though Rodgers hasn't been ruled out for Week 14, he's looking unlikely to play in the game, which would put the responsibility again on Matt Flynn. Flynn led the Packers to only 126 yards of offense Week 13 at Detroit. He was sacked seven times and committed three turnovers.
Granted, Flynn has been better at times, but it's pretty clear that with him under center, the Packers are a poor offensive team. So poor that you'll want to resort to the Falcons DST?Probably not. But in an especially deep league, you could do worse.
Falcons DST struggles against Buffalo Week 13
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) The Falcons DST had a tough time Week 13 against the Bills.
Atlanta has typically been vulnerable through the air, but the Bills were able to destroy them on the ground. C.J. Spiller managed to find his form, picking up 149 yards on 15 carries. He, Fred Jackson and EJ Manuel all scored rushing touchdowns against Atlanta. The team allowed at least 30 points for the sixth time this season. Though the Falcons had no sacks and no interceptions, they were able to force turnovers when needed. The team forced two turnovers late in the game, including one that led to the game-winning field goal.
The Falcons will take on the Packers Week 14.
Falcons DST facing favorable matchup Week 13
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (11/27/13) The Falcons DST is looking at a favorable matchup Week 13 against the Bills.
Buffalo has allowed opposing defenses to post 10.18 Fantasy points per game, which ranks in the lower-third of the league. The revolving door at quarterback has allowed defenses to take advantage of the Bills. The team has really struggled with protection of those quarterbacks, allowing 32 sacks this year. They've also fumbled the ball 20 times, which is one of the highest rates in the league.
The Falcons have not been a particularly strong defense this year, ranking 29th in team defense. They've been susceptible in the passing game, giving up 23 passing touchdowns through 11 games. On top of that, they've also allowed eight rushing touchdowns, so they've struggled in both phases. Though the team has a good matchup, it's tough to trust the Falcons DST any week.
Falcons surprisingly sturdy vs. Saints
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/22/13) The Falcons DST unit was surprisingly effective in Week 12, holding the mighty Saints offense to just two touchdowns in a 17-13 loss.
The Saints amassed 374 yards of total offense in the game, their lowest total since Week 6. The two touchdowns allowed by the Falcons on defense both came through the air, though the Saints were held without a touchdown throughout the entire second half of the game.
Unfortunately, though the Falcons largely held New Orleans in check, a lack of big plays doomed their Fantasy prospects. Atlanta's defense picked up just one sack, and forced no turnovers in the loss.
Given the Saints' high-powered offense, this was a pretty solid performance by the Falcons DST unit. They could turn that success into better Fantasy production in Week 13, with the Bills on the schedule.
Peria Jerry makes himself known in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/22/13) Falcons defensive lineman Peria Jerry got into the Saints' backfield for the team's only sack in a 17-13 loss in Week 12. Jerry took Drew Brees down, one of three tackles in the game. He now has 3 1/2 sacks and 20 tackles on the season.
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The Falcons DST was a Top 10 Fantasy option in 2012, and they have the chance to be a starting option again this season. They have a revamped secondary, and they tried to upgrade their pass rush with the addition of ex-Giant defensive end Osi Umenyiora. There are stats you'd like to see the Falcons improve on -- scoring on special teams and getting more than two defensive touchdowns -- but they were among the leaders in interceptions (No. 6) with 20 and points allowed (No. 5) with 299. If they can create more sacks (just 29) and find the end zone a couple more times they could emerge as an elite option. Consider the Falcons a late-round flier if you miss on the top DST units or grab them as a bye-week replacement during the year. (Updated 8/16/13)