(10/27/14) When the Saints limited the Vikings to nine points on 247 yards in Week 3, their DST scored 12 Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues. They equaled that season high against an unlikely opponent in Week 8.
Of course, the Packers didn't score nine point on 247 yards, but 23 points on a whopping 491 yards. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had trouble with the Saints defense, though, taking three sacks and throwing two interceptions. Backup Matt Flynn, who filled in for Rodgers late with the outcome already decided, took another sack that resulted in a fumble.
The four sacks were a season high for the Saints. They've had two interceptions in back-to-back games.
Because it gives up so many points and yards (except when it's facing the Vikings, apparently), the sacks and interceptions would have to continue for the Saints DST to become a viable unit in Fantasy. You can do better for Week 9 at Carolina.
Late meltdown costs Saints in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/20/14) The Saints defense mostly held up their end of the bargain Sunday, but fell apart late in a 24-23 loss to the Lions in Week 7.
The Lions had just 10 points with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, as the Saints looked to be on their way to an easy win. Unfortunately, they surrendered two quick touchdowns to cost them the game.
The Saints did limit the Lions to just 344 yards of total offense in the game, including a paltry 59 yards on the ground. They forced a pair of turnovers and sacked Matthew Stafford three times in the loss.
The Saints DST unit still managed to score 9 Fantasy points in Sunday's game, their second-highest total of the season. They will likely struggle to reach even that level in Week 8, with the Packers on the schedule.
Saints DST continues to struggle
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/14) The Saints DST had another poor showing in what seemed like a decent matchup Week 5 against Tampa Bay, giving up 31 points on 314 yards.
Once again, a lack of big plays was to blame. The Saints did get a safety midway through the fourth quarter, but otherwise had just one sack and one interception. The interception was their first of the year. Only once have they had more than one sack in a game.
The Saints are on bye in Week 6 and come back to face the Lions in Detroit in Week 7. Clearly, their DST belongs on the waiver wire right now.
Mark Ingram, Jairus Byrd among Saints inactives Week 5
(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.