Bills
Bills DST underwhelms with favorable matchup
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12/21/2014
News: Having scored double-digit Fantasy points (according to standard CBSSports.com scoring) in seven of its previous eight games, the Bills DST seemed like a gimme Week 16 at Oakland, which had allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to DSTs this season. But for whatever reason, the defense didn't show up, allowing 26 points on 347 yards in a surprise loss for the Bills.

The points and yardage weren't even the biggest problem. The big plays that had carried the Bills DST in recent weeks, like the three touchdowns in its previous four games, were nowhere to be found. The Bills had just one sacks and zero takeaways.

The timing of this performance is all the incentive you need to sit the Bills DST for Week 17 at New England. With that matchup, it would have been a tough call otherwise.

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Giants
Giants DST comes through again
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12/21/2014
News: The Giants DST continued its strong finish Week 16 at St. Louis, scoring double-digit Fantasy points for the fourth straight game after doing so just twice in its first 11. It allowed 27 points on 387 yards and had only two sacks, but it made up for those lackluster numbers with four takeaways, including three fumble recoveries.

Sacks had carried the Giants DST the previous three weeks. It had no fewer than seven against the Redskins, Titans or Jaguars. It'll give up some points at times but has also shown a knack for big plays in recent weeks. Unfortunately, its matchup Week 17 against the Eagles is just too dangerous for you to use it in Fantasy.

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Broncos
Report: Broncos' Brandon Marshall suffered mid-foot sprain Sunday
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12/15/2014
News: Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall suffered a mid-foot sprain during Sunday's game against the Chargers, a source told Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network on Monday. The injury is expected to keep him sidelined "a week or two," according to the Denver Post.

Marshall is in the midst of his most productive season in the league, posting 113 total tackles and two sacks on the year.

Denver will face the Bengals in Week 16.

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Chargers
Chargers defense can't do enough in loss
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12/14/2014
News: The Chargers defense failed to provide much resistance in a 22-10 loss to the Broncos in Week 15.

The Chargers held up Ok in the game, holding the Broncos to just 337 yards of total offense, mostly by shutting the running game down. However, they also failed to make any big plays, coming up with just one sack and no turnovers in the loss.

All things considered, this could have gone worse for the Chargers, who had zero Fantasy points in their Week 8 matchup with the Broncos. However, they came up with just 3 Sunday, so it wasn't that much better. They will look to bounce back in Week 16 against the 49ers, but are not a recommended Fantasy play for that game.  

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Titans
Safety makes difference for Titans DST
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12/14/2014
News: After falling short in six straight games, the Titans DST finally scored double-digit Fantasy points, according to standard CBSSports.com scoring, Week 15 against the Jets, but it needed a safety to do it. That safety came in the second quarter on a sack of Geno Smith by Jurrell Casey, who also forced a fumble on the play. The Jets recovered the fumble in the end zone.

It was one of three sacks the Titans had on the day. In all, they allowed 16 points on 277 yards.

The Titans didn't have any takeaways, which was a bit of a letdown going against the Jets, but they were competent with a favorable matchup. In Fantasy, that's all you can really ask for.

The Titans have another favorable matchup Week 16 at Jacksonville. They had a season-high six sacks against the Jaguars in Week 6, limiting them to 14 points, so consider holding on to the Titans DST for another week.

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Texans
Texans DST keeps on rolling through tough matchup
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12/14/2014
News: The Texans defense held up their end of the bargain in slowing down the Colts in Week 15, but it wasn't enough in a 17-10 loss.

The Texans held the high-powered Colts offense to just 278 yards, a bit improvement over the 456-yard effort the Colts managed in Week 6. The Texans came up with one huge play early, as Kendrick Lewis scored on a 27-yard interception return. They finished the game with two turnovers and two sacks. 

The Texans' DST unit has been a model of consistency, scoring in double figures in Fantasy points in all but two games this season. They will look to close the season out strong, with a tough matchup against the Ravens on the way in Week 16. 

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Redskins
Redskins defense mediocre again
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12/14/2014
News: The Redskins defense was better than usual in Week 15, but they still didn't play well enough to make an impact in a 24-13 loss to the Giants.

Washington held the Giants to 287 yards of total offense, but couldn't keep Odell Beckham out of the end zone, as he scored three times.  The Redskins also failed to come up with much in the way of big plays, as they had just one turnover and one sack en route to 7 Fantasy points.

Washington's DST unit has either 6 or 7 Fantasy points in four of the last five games. They will take on the Eagles in Week 16, and are not a recommended Fantasy play. 

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Patriots
Patriots D dominates Dolphins in win
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12/14/2014
News: The Patriots defense came up with another big performance in Week 15, in a 41-13 win over the Dolphins.

The Patriots gave up 384 yards of total offense to the Dolphins, but held them to just one late touchdown in the first half. They picked Ryan Tannehill off twice and sacked him four times, finishing with 20 Fantasy points for their troubles, their best showing since Week 2.

The Patriots DST has scored in double figures in Fantasy points in three of the last four games, and should be able to keep that going in Week 16, with the Jets on the schedule. The Patriots had just 5 points against the Jets the last time these two met up, but opposing DST units are averaging 12.4 per game against them for the season. 

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Raiders
Back to normal for the Raiders DST
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12/14/2014
News: The Raiders, who went from allowing 52 points to the Rams in Week 13 to allowing 13 to the 49ers in Week 14, were back to normal Week 15 at the Chiefs, allowing 31 points on 388 yards. They had one sack and one fumble recovery. Their five sacks in Week 14 gave them more than two for the first time all season.

The Raiders DST has been one of the least helpful units in Fantasy this season, only twice scoring double-digit Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues. It has an OK matchup Week 16 against Buffalo, but after it showed it's true colors in this one, you should probably avoid it in Fantasy.

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