by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (10:21 am ET) Fantasy DSTs generally fall victim not only to strong opposing offenses, but to those representing the same team. Such is not the case with the Saints.
The Saints control the clock so effectively that their defense ranks fifth in the NFL in both passing and rushing attempts allowed. They are one of the few teams that score a boatload of points, but rank among the best in both passing defense and rushing touchdowns allowed. They are tied for second in the NFL with 43 sacks. They are indeed a fine Fantasy play in Week 15 at St. Louis.
The Rams rank 27th in the NFL in total offensive yards (4,140) and 28th in rushing touchdowns (7). They are mediocre at best in other statistical categories. And they have struggled against such top defenses as Carolina, Seattle and San Francisco.
It's no wonder that all three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers rank the Saints DST seventh or better this week. If you have them, play them.
Curtis Lofton hits double digits
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton made a team-high 10 tackles in the win over Carolina, giving him 108 stops this year. That ranks 10th in the NFL. Lofton, who had six solo stops, visits the Rams in Week 15.
Cameron Jordan moves into top five in sacks
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan had two of his team's five sacks in the Week 14 win over Carolina. He has 11 1/2 this season, tied for fourth in the NFL. Jordan finished with three tackles, giving him 38 this year.
He'll visit the Rams in Week 15.
Junior Galette racks up three sacks
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette sacked Cam Newton three times in the win over the Panthers, giving him nine sacks this year. Galette benefitted from tight coverage that gave him extra time to get to Newton.
He finished with six tackles and is up to 34 stops this season. Galette visits the Rams in Week 15.
Saints DST brings the heat
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) The Saints DST racked up five sacks while shutting down Carolina in a 31-13 win Week 14. Linebacker Junior Galette tallied three sacks, defensive end Cameron Jordan two. New Orleans is up to 43 sacks this season.
The Saints were unable to force a turnover, but they held the Panthers to 239 total yards and 16 first downs. New Orleans has a chance to repeat that success Week 15 when it visits struggling St. Louis.
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The Saints defense will undergo some significant changes in 2013 as it switches from a 4-3 front to a 3-4 scheme under the eye of new coordinator Rob Ryan. It can't get worse than what they've had of late. In 2012 the defense registered 30 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 15 interceptions and a league-worst 440.1 total yards per game. One big issue is that switching schemes doesn't always work so well, and another is that coach Ryan has struggled in stops in Oakland, Cleveland and Dallas to build effective defenses. Though they added some promising players like Keenan Lewis, Victor Butler and rookies Kenny Vaccaro and John Jenkins, we wouldn't run the risk of drafting the Saints DST. (Updated 5/10/13)