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Saints take advantage of Bears' mistakes in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Saints defense, one of the league's least effective units this season, got some help from Jay Cutler in a surprisingly stout showing in Week 15's 31-15 win over the Bears.

The Saints racked up 19 Fantasy points in the game, their best showing of the season, thanks to three Cutler interceptions. They held the Bears to just 278 yards of total offense as well, while also sacking Cutler seven times in the win.

The Saints DST unit has recorded double digits in Fantasy points just four times all season, and they could struggle to do so again in Week 16 against the Falcons. The Saints had just 3 Fantasy points in their Week 1 matchup with Atlanta. 


Saints DST not getting any better


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/7/2014) After giving up 30-plus points in back-to-back games, the Saints had another poor showing on the defensive side of the ball Week 14 against Carolina, allowing 41 points on 497 yards. With zero sacks and zero takeaways, the Saints DST had zero Fantasy points on the day, according to standard CBSSports.com scoring, giving it an average of 3.0 in its last four games compared to 14.0 in its previous four.

This matchup against the Panthers was thought to be a favorable one, too. The Saints DST had its best performance of the season at Carolina in Week 9, scoring 22 Fantasy points. With a so-so matchup at Chicago in Week 15, the Saints DST probably isn't worth using in Fantasy.


At least LB Curtis Lofton did his job for Saints on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) The Saints played horribly on defense Sunday against Carolina, but don't blame middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. He contributed to a season-high and game-high 17 tackles, including one for a loss.

Saints can't slow Steelers down late


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Saints DST unit struggled mightily again in Week 13, a 35-32 win over the Steelers.

The Saints gave up three touchdowns to the Steelers in the second half, while surrendering 538 yards of total offense. They did come away with a pair interceptions in the game, however, while sacking Ben Roethlisberger once.

The Saints DST unit has failed to record double digits in Fantasy points in each of their last four games, though they could end that streak in Week 14 with the Panthers on the schedule. They registered their best game of the season, an 18-point showing against the Panthers in Week 9's matchup. 


Saints DST continues to struggle


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) The Saints DST unit's struggles continued in Week 12, as they fell to the Ravens, 34-27.

The Saints allowed the Ravens to rack up 449 yards of total offense, and could have been in for an even worse night, if the Ravens hadn't failed to score on two of their four trips to the red zone. The Ravens still managed to drop 34 points on them, though one score came on an interception return by the Ravens defense.

The Saints forced one turnover in the game, and ended up with just 3 Fantasy points, their second game in a row with that total. The Saints have failed to reach double figures in each of their last three games, a streak that could continue in Week 13 against the Steelers. 


Saints can't slow down slumping Bengals


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Saints DST unit fell apart in Week 11's 27-10 loss to the Bengals at home Sunday.

The Bengals offense had one of their best games in weeks against the Saints, racking up 405 yards of total offense in the game. The Saints failed to record a single turnover, and sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton just once in the loss.

The Saints defense has had moments of greatness this season, and were averaging 11.8 Fantasy points in their previous four games, so hopefully this is just a bump in the road. Their next game is set for Week 12 against the Ravens. 


Saints FS Rafael Bush suffers fractured tibia Week 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Saints free safety Rafael Bush told reporters following Sunday's 27-10 defeat to the Bengals he suffered a fractured tibia in Week 11, per ESPN.

Bush was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with the injury. He wouldn't reveal if his injury would keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. He has 55 total tackles and three defended passes.


Saints FS Rafael Bush carted off with apparent left injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Saints free safety Rafael Bush was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury during Sunday's 27-10 defeat to the Bengals in Week 11. Bush sustained the injury in the fourth quarter and was taken back to the locker room for further testing. He was unable to return to the game, finishing with five total tackles.

Saints RT Zach Strief exits Week 11 with possible concussion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Saints right tackle Zach Strief was forced out of Sunday's game against the Bengals in Week 11 with a possible concussion. He was escorted back to the locker room by team trainers for an evaluation. His return will likely depend on the results of his exam.

Saints' Keenan Lewis returns to practice, questionable for Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis was a limited participant in practice for the first time this week, and was officially labeled as questionable for Sunday's clash against the Bengals, according to ESPN. Lewis was carted off Week 10 with a knee injury. He has 22 combined tackles and one interception on the year.

"If I can walk, I'm going," Lewis vowed earlier in the week.


Saints defense gives Aaron Rodgers fits


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/27/2014) 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
(10/20/2014) 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
(10/6/2014) 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


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Saints defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick, wide receiver Nick Toon, wide receiver Joe Morgan, linebacker Ronald Powell, running back Mark Ingram, fullback Erik Lorig and safety Jairus Byrd were all ruled inactive Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay.

Saints DST looking to get back on track


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/30/2014) 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
(9/27/2014) Saints defensive tackle John Jenkins did 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
(9/21/2014) 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
(9/19/2014) 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
(9/14/2014) 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.


Saints defense blasted by Falcons


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) As much as the Falcons defense was expected to struggle against the Saints in Week 1, the Saints defense struggled even more on the road against the Falcons, allowing 37 points on a whopping 568 yards.

The Saints recorded just one sack (Tyrunn Walker) and one turnover, a fumble recovered by Corey White. They looked like they had improved defensively last season, only twice allowing even 400 yards. They'll look to bounce back Week 2 at Cleveland.


Corey White has fine first game


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Saints defensive back Corey White, getting a chance to start right out of the gate, performed well statistically Week 1 at Atlanta. He had six tackles, all solo, and recovered a fumble in the first quarter.

Jairus Byrd makes impact in first game with Saints


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Defensive back Jairus Byrd, who is beginning his first year with the Saints after spending the last five with the Bills, made his presence known Week 1 at Atlanta, stripping the ball from wide receiver Julio Jones late in the first quarter. Teammate Corey White recovered the fumble. Byrd also had five tackles, all solo.

Curtis Lofton finishes strong after leaving early


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton, who left briefly Week 1 at Atlanta with a neck injury, still managed to lead the team with 10 tackles, including seven solo.

He's been one of the league's leading tacklers over the last few years, recording 125 last year and averaging 129.2 over the last five.


Saints mainstays don't do much in opener


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan and defensive back Kenny Vaccaro, normally two of the more productive players on their defense, didn't do much Week 1 at Atlanta. Jordan had one solo tackle and Vaccaro had four.

Jordan was one of the league leaders in sacks last year with 12 1/2. Vaccaro had 79 tackles in only 14 games.


Curtis Lofton returns to action


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton, who left midway through the second quarter with a neck injury, returned to the field in the third quarter.