Saints DST a fine Fantasy option against Rams
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
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.
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Packers DST a lousy play at Dallas
There are a couple reasons to be encouraged by the Green Bay defense heading into their Week 15 clash in Dallas. They rank sixth in the NFL with 39 sacks and they are on a roll in turnovers with six in the last two weeks, exceeding their total from the previous eight weeks combined.
But that's not enough to make the
The Packers have given up an average of 28.4 points in their last seven games and rank in the bottom half of the league in every passing and rushing statistic. The Cowboys are particularly explosive at home, averaging 34 points a game on their turf.
This DST is ranked no higher than 19th this week by the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers and is not among the top 24 listed by Dave Richard. It's a bad option on the road against a powerful offense.
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Jaguars DST facing decent matchup Week 15
The Bills have allowed opposing defenses to put up some points, allowing 10.54 Fantasy points per game. Buffalo gives the ball up quite a bit. The team has averaged an interception per game, allowed 39 sacks and lead the league with 26 fumbles. Their offense averages 21 points per game, which ranks 25th.
The Jaguars aren't the best team to take advantage of those flaws. Jacksonville has been one of the worst defenses in the league, allowing 28.6 points per game. Jacksonville doesn't put any pressure on opposing quarterbacks, with a league-low 23 sacks. They've also forced just 9 interceptions. The Jaguars haven't been a good Fantasy defense all season. Even in a decent matchup, they shouldn't be started.
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Cowboys DST in Week 15 Fantasy lineups: No way
It takes more of a glance than an examination of the numbers to realize that the Dallas DST is a miserable Fantasy play in Week 15. Make that the rest of the year.
That pretty much covers it. They're terrible. And they're a terrible option even against a mediocre Packers offense if Matt Flynn starts at quarterback or an explosive one if Aaron Rodgers returns.
Bottom line: Don't even dream about putting the Cowboys DST in your lineups.
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Marcedes Lewis not a strong play Week 15
Buffalo has done a solid job defending opposing tight ends, limiting them to 6.23 Fantasy points per game. Through 13 games, the team has given up seven touchdowns to tight ends. While they are somewhat susceptible in the red zone, Buffalo locks down tight ends everywhere else. The team allows just 36.46 receiving yards per game to tight ends, the lowest figure in the league.
Lewis has come on a bit lately, scoring two touchdowns in the last two games. Lewis missed five games early in the season with a calf injury, which may be the reason for his early struggles. He's still not a big part of the passing game, with a season-high of three catches in a game, but he's been the top target at the goal line lately. Given the matchup, it's tough to trust Lewis to score for the third game in a row.
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Porous Cowboys not enough to make Matt Flynn a Fantasy play
It shouldn't matter to Fantasy owners that
Flynn has yet to throw for more than one touchdown pass in any game this season. He has been sacked 12 times in the last two games combined. And even though he has a favorable matchup against the Cowboys, he is no viable Fantasy option, especially in the playoffs. He is averaging only 205 yards passing per start.
Granted, the Cowboys are awful against the pass. They rank dead last in the NFL in yards allowed through the air (3,880) and 31st in passing touchdowns given up (26). Their own prolific offense will likely force Flynn to throw often. But none of the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers rank Flynn higher than 18th among NFL quarterbacks this week and Dave Richard doesn't list him at all.
Take their advice. Keep Flynn on your bench or waiver wires.
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Cecil Shorts a strong play...if he is able to go
Buffalo has been unable to stop opposing wideouts this season, allowing them to score 25.85 Fantasy points per game. In 13 games, the team has allowed 25 passing touchdowns. Of those 25 touchdowns, 17 has gone to wide receivers. The team has been better lately, allowing just five passing touchdowns in five games. Over that period, the offensive teams they have faced have been a little suspect, so that figure should be taken with a grain of salt.
Shorts comes into the game questionable with a groin injury, and hasn't practiced all week. His participation in Friday's practice will likely determine how much he'll contribute Week 15. Shorts has emerged as the team's top option in the passing game, catching a career-high 66 balls already. He has not been a big play threat this year, and only has three touchdowns. He's a strong play if healthy. If Shorts can't go, Ace Sanders would likely see more playing time.
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Maurice Jones-Drew looking at average matchup...if he plays
Buffalo has been middle of the pack against opposing running backs, allowing them to score 16.54 Fantasy points per game. Through 13 games, the team has allowed just eight touchdowns. While the team has succeeded preventing touchdowns, yardage has been a big problem. Running backs have rushed for an average of 112.85 yards per game.
Jones-Drew has been on a nice run the past five games, scoring four times, but a hamstring injury could keep him out Week 15. Jones-Drew is testing his injury Friday, and his participation in practice will determine whether he's a good Fantasy play. If he's able to put in limited practice, he'll likely be a game-time decision Sunday. Jones-Drew has a decent matchup, but he'll have to be monitored Week 15. If Jones-Drew is unable to go, Jordan Todman would likely receive more work.
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Chad Henne facing poor matchup Week 15
Buffalo has done a solid job against opposing quarterbacks, limiting them to 17.62 Fantasy points per game. The team has allowed 25 passing touchdowns, so they are susceptible to big games, but they typically balance that out by picking up some turnovers. The team has 18 interceptions and lead the league with 44 sacks.
Henne has shown a little more upside the past two games, throwing two touchdowns in both games. He's had more opportunities to score, but the team has opted to run trick plays where Maurice Jones-Drew and Ace Sanders have thrown touchdowns. The team has focused on the run game more over the last two games, which has also prevented Henne from throwing for many yards. He continues to be a questionable Fantasy starter.
Thomas DeCoud out Week 15
DeCoud has been dealing with a concussion, and has been unable to practice this week. Head coach told a local radio station that DeCoud would not play.
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