by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/30/14) The Saints continued to struggle defensively Week 4 at Dallas, allowing 38 points on 445 yards. They recorded one sack but didn't force any turnovers and haven't had one since a fumble recovery Week 1 at Atlanta.
The Saints DST was at least respectable against the Vikings in Week 3, giving it some hope of rebounding against Tampa Bay in Week 5. The Buccaneers have had similar ups and downs to the Vikings this year, ranking 30th in total offense.
Jamey Eisenberg actually goes as far as to call the Saints DST an advisable start in Week 5, ranking it 11th at the position. I'm not as willing to stick my neck out for it given the way it performed in three of its first four games, but in leagues with 16 teams or more, I could see taking a shot on the struggling DST.
John Jenkins skips the trip to Dallas
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/27/14) Saints defensive tackle John Jenkinsdid not make the trip with the team to Dallas and will likely be a healthy scratch for Week 4, Pro Football Talk reports. Jenkins underwent pectoral surgery in the offseason but is relatively healthy. He's been limited to only one game this season.
The Saints have not provided a reason for his absence.
Saints DST puts up points by holding Vikings down
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9/21/14) The Saints DST provided Fantasy owners with some points Sunday, thanks to the effort of a defense that held Minnesota to just nine points and 247 total yards.
The Saints did not score or secure any turnovers, but they did register two sacks.
Saints linebacking duo expected to play Sunday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/19/14) Saints linebackers Curtis Lofton (shoulder) and Kyle Knox (ankle) were both able to practice Friday, and are considered probable for Week 3 against the Vikings. Both are expected to play Sunday.
Saints DST a Fantasy disaster Sunday against Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Saints DST turned out to be a terrible Fantasy play Sunday in Cleveland. They yielded 26 points and 318 yards, forced no turnovers and managed one sack. The New Orleans special teams scored no touchdowns.
They will try to do better next Sunday against the visiting Vikings.
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The Saints defense beat expectations last season, transforming into a stellar 3-4 scheme unit without a dominant pass rush. They finished ranked 19th against the run and second-best against the pass. Yet they spent money and draft picks on improving the secondary by adding safety Jairus Byrd, giving the team one of the best safety tandems in football. They also added veteran Champ Bailey to add experience and depth to the secondary, something that should help second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste out a bunch. Chances are they'll improve their front seven a little bit, making the unit look awfully appealing. The Saints DST finished as a Top 10 unit last season and our bet is that they finish near there again. Even though their season starts at Atlanta, they're worth a pick within the final two rounds of drafts.