That's notable because in Week 15 the Falcons will be facing a Redskins offense that just reached its lowest of lows against the Chiefs last week, scoring 10 points on 257 yards. Both would be season lows if the Redskins hadn't scored six points on 190 yards against the 49ers two weeks earlier.
In other words, Washington is in a bad state right now offensively, and though the switch to Kirk Cousins at quarterback this week is understandable given the circumstances, there's a chance it'll do more harm than good.
If you're a week-to-week type at DST and are struggling to find a decent option on the waiver wire this week, consider rolling the dice on the Falcons DST. It at least has some momentum right now.
With unrest at head coach and quarterback, the Redskins seem like an easy target for the
Rodgers' 10 touches -- seven carries and three catches -- last week were his most in five games, so it's clear the Falcons haven't forgotten about him. With all the turmoil in Washington, the Redskins figure to be susceptible to blowouts from now until the end of the season, and though the Falcons aren't as likely to capitalize as the Chiefs were, the switch from Robert Griffin III to Kirk Cousins at quarterback only helps their cause.
If the game gets out of hand, Rodgers could get more work late against the team that has allowed the second-most Fantasy points to running backs. It's not a likely enough possibility for you to start him in a standard 12-team league, but in a 16-team points-per-reception league, he's worth a longer look this week.
The Redskins rank a not-so-telling 18th against the run, allowing 115.3 yards per game, but have given up 19 touchdowns on the ground, most in the NFL. They'e surrendered the second-most Fantasy points to running backs, behind only the Cowboys, and just last week, they got thrashed by the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, who had 159 total yards and two touchdowns in three quarters of play against them.
Granted, Jackson is no Charles, but it's clear the Falcons are trying to involve him in the game plan. With the Redskins turning to backup Kirk Cousins at quarterback this week, it's not like the Falcons will fall behind big, forcing them to pass. Jackson seems like a good bet for solid numbers.
Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank him in their top 12 at running back this week. I don't know that I'd go that far, but on most teams, I'd have trouble finding two running backs I prefer to him.
The Redskins rank 27th against the pass, allowing 256.7 yards per game, and have been particularly vulnerable against tight ends, allowing the sixth-most Fantasy points to them. They didn't have a tight end put up big numbers against them last week vs. the Chiefs, but they gave up five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown to the Giants' Brandon Myers in Week 13 and four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown to the 49ers' Vernon Davis in Week 12.
Obviously, trying to predict which targets will score in a given week is a fool's errand, but with the Redskins in a state of disarray and coming off a 45-10 loss against the Chiefs in which they appeared positively disintrested, the Falcons passing game figures to have a big day, making Gonzalez a good bet for better numbers even if he's held out of the end zone.