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Fantasy Analysis | 1419207697
Saints DST comes back down to earth
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

After a dominant performance on the road against the Bears in Week 15, the Saints defense looked more like itself back at home against the Falcons in Week 16, allowing 30 points on 403 yards. It had no sacks or interceptions (or takeaways of any sort) after setting season highs with seven and three against the Bears.

In standard CBSSports.com leagues, the Saints DST was worth zero points on the day. It was the second time in three weeks it was shut out in terms of Fantasy production.

The Saints DST is averaging just 5.4 Fantasy points in its last seven games -- and that's including that season-best performance against the Bears. Even with a favorable matchup Week 17 at Tampa Bay, it's a shaky option in Fantasy.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1418758193
Saints take advantage of Bears' mistakes in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

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. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1417996552
Saints DST not getting any better
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

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.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1417386616
Saints can't slow Steelers down late
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

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. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416938794
Saints DST continues to struggle
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

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. 

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