by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/11/13) The Falcons DST made the most of its matchup last week against a Packers offense that had reached its lowest of lows the week before, recording as many sacks as it had in its previous five games combined to score more Fantasy points than it has all season.
That's notable because in Week 15 the Falcons will be facing a Redskins offense that just reached its lowest of lows against the Chiefs last week, scoring 10 points on 257 yards. Both would be season lows if the Redskins hadn't scored six points on 190 yards against the 49ers two weeks earlier.
In other words, Washington is in a bad state right now offensively, and though the switch to Kirk Cousins at quarterback this week is understandable given the circumstances, there's a chance it'll do more harm than good.
If you're a week-to-week type at DST and are struggling to find a decent option on the waiver wire this week, consider rolling the dice on the Falcons DST. It at least has some momentum right now.
Thomas DeCoud unable to practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/11/13) Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud, who suffered a concussion in the Week 14 loss at Green Bay, is not practicing Wednesday, reports ESPN.com. Atlanta is preparing to host Washington on Sunday.
Falcons DST plays big in loss
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/9/13) The Falcons may not have pulled out a victory Week 14 at Green Bay, but their defense certainly isn't to blame.
The Falcons DST, which entered the day ranked dead last in standard Fantasy leagues, equaled a season high with five sacks, inlcuding 1 1/2 for both Paul Worrilow and Jonathan Massaquoi. It hadn't recorded more than three sacks since Week 5. It also had an interception returned for a touchdown by Paul Weatherspoon and a fumble recovery by Malliciah Goodman. The Packers' 22 points and 334 yards were the second-fewest the Falcons had allowed to a team all season.
Of course, the Falcons were facing an offense that had taken its lumps in recent weeks, but the same is true with the Redskins coming to town in Week 15.
Jonathan Massaquoi makes an impact
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/9/13) Falcons defensive lineman Jonathan Massaquoi, who entered the game with one sack all season, recorded 1 1/2 Week 14 at Green Bay. He finished with five tackles, including three solo.
Sean Weatherspoon scores first touchdown
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/9/13) Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon intercepted quarterback Matt Flynn just a little before halftime Week 14 at Green Bay and returned it 71 yards for his first career touchdown. The interception was just his second of his career.
Weatherspoon also had seven tackles, including four solo. He's averaging 6.8 tackles in four games since returning from a seven-game absence for a foot injury.