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The New Orleans defense will be without LB Dannell Ellerbe (quad) in Week 1.
Ellerbe is no stranger to injury issues, as the linebacker appeared in just six games in 2015. His loss hurts an already underwhelming defensive unit, leaving the Saints with little shot of slowing the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Fantasy owners would be wise to avoid this group in Week 1 and likely all season. Sep 10 - 12:09 PM

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Heading into Week 17, the New Orleans defense is last among NFL teams in points allowed, giving up 30.6 points per game.

That mark is nearly three points per game worse than the 31st-ranked team, Jacksonville, and indicates just how bad the New Orleans defense has been in 2015. Week 17 brings a trip to Atlanta for the Saints D/ST, who will not be a recommended fantasy option against Matt Ryan and company who racked up 373 total yards against Carolina in Week 16.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 11:44:00 PM

The pass defense struggles of New Orleans have been well advertised, but the Saints have allowed 166.5 rushing yards per game in their last four contests.

Tampa Bay's Doug Martin was the latest running back to have success against New Orleans, running for 81 yards and a touchdown in Week 14. Week 15 brings the Detroit Lions to New Orleans, who are the owners of the NFL's worst rushing attack. Even in a potentially advantageous matchup, the Saints D/ST cannot be trusted from a fantasy standpoint.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 03:46:00 AM

The New Orleans defense has allowed over 300 yards passing in five of their last six games.

The Saints allowed 36.0 points per game during that stretch and are a wreck on defense at the moment. Saints CB Delvin Breaux (hamstring) is now dinged-up as well, leaving the already struggling New Orleans secondary in even worse shape. The Saints D/ST is nowhere near the fantasy radar this week on the road at Tampa Bay.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 07:57:00 PM

The New Orleans Saints have allowed 38.5 points per game over the last five weeks, the worst mark among all 32 NFL teams.

The struggling Saints have lost three games in a row and host the undefeated Carolina Panthers in Week 13, who have dropped 34.0 points per game over their last five contests. Even at home, the Saints D/ST is an avoidable fantasy option in leagues of all sizes.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 04:02:00 AM

The New Orleans defense has not allowed less than 300 passing yards in a single game since Week 6.

The Saints travel to Houston as they come out of a Week 11 bye with a new defensive coordinator in Dennis Allen. The New Orleans defense has been a wreck all season in almost every capacity and likely won't be turned around quickly with new leadership. The Saints D/ST won't be worth fantasy consideration in Week 12 against Brian Hoyer and the Texans.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 03:18:00 AM

The New Orleans Saints have installed Dennis Allen at DC after the firing of Rob Ryan.

Allen was the "senior defensive assistant" prior to being promoted to defensive coordinator and inherits a defense that is dead last among NFL teams in yardage allowed per game and scoring defense. The Saints have given up 43.3 points per game over the last three weeks and won't be a fantasy D/ST option in Week 12 at Houston.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 01:02:00 AM

The New Orleans defense will take on the Washington Redskins in Week 10, who have allowed just nine sacks in 2015, the lowest mark in the NFL.

Washington has not allowed more than one sack in a game since Week 2, and have been on an impressive run in pass protection. New Orleans, who is 31st in the NFL in scoring defense at 29.8 points per game, will not be a fantasy option on the road this week at Washington.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 02:24:00 AM

The New Orleans Saints will face Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota on Sunday as he returns from a knee injury.

This news downgrades the Saints D/ST for Week 9 as they will not face Tennessee backup QB Zach Mettenberger, who threw one touchdown and three interceptions in two starts while Mariota was out. The Saints D/ST could have been a desperation streaming play this week if Mariota was out again, but will now remain on fantasy waiver wires.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 03:09:00 AM

The New Orleans Saints expect to have limited sack opportunities this week against Giants QB Eli Manning.

"The ball is coming out faster than we've seen from any other team that we've played," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "We did a whole statistical analysis - passes that are being thrown underneath 2.5 seconds, his efficiency, very few sacks, ball is out. And so there's a lot more quick passing game." Manning has been sacked just nine times on the season, providing even more reason to leave the Saints D/ST on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 03:34:00 AM

The Saints travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 7, and will look to improve their defensive effort after recent struggles.

The Saints D/ST is last in the NFL in yards allowed, giving up a whopping 409.7 total yards per game. That average has risen over the last two weeks, when opposing teams have averaged 466 total yards against DC Rob Ryan's defense. The offense of the Indianapolis Colts hasn't been overwhelming in 2015, but the Saints D/ST is not good enough to play in virtually any spot right now, making them an unstartable group in Week 7.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 01:59:00 AM

The New Orleans Saints are allowing 409 total yards per game this season, last among NFL teams.

The New Orleans defense was steamrolled by Philadelphia in Week 5 to the tune of 519 total yards, including 186 yards on the ground. Things won't get any easier this week as the Saints host the Atlanta Falcons, who average 406.2 total yards of offense per game. The potential for Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones to play at less than 100 percent may help, but the Saints D/ST is not worth fantasy consideration in Week 6.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 04:30:00 AM

The New Orleans Saints are allowing 9.8 yards per pass attempt from opposing quarterbacks.

The Saints are last among NFL teams in this category by a healthy margin, while Brandon Weeden and Jameis Winston make up half of the quarterbacks New Orleans has faced through four weeks. Week 5 brings a trip to Philadelphia for the Saints D/ST with Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford coming off his best performance of the season, throwing for 270 yards and three touchdowns at Washington. The Saints D/ST will not be a recommended fantasy play on the road this week.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 01:07:00 AM

The New Orleans Saints will welcome back FS Jairus Byrd and CB Keenan Lewis as the pair of defensive backs makes their 2015 debut.

Both Byrd and Lewis were out due to injury, and New Orleans is hoping the duo will provide a spark for their 22nd ranked pass defense. The Saints will face Dallas quarterback Brandon Weeden in his second start of the season after completing 22 of 26 passes for 232 yards in Week 3. The Saints D/ST won't be useful in fantasy leagues this week, despite the home matchup against Weeden.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 11:25:00 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune lists the ability to slow the rushing attack of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton as a key for the Saints defense in Week 3.

The Saints D/ST will be facing an uphill battle on Sunday as the New Orleans offense will almost assuredly lose the time of possession battle with Luke McCown starting under center. Stopping Newton from running the ball successfully will be important though, as the Times-Picayune notes that Newton ran for 6.6 yards per carry and two scores against New Orleans in 2014. The Saints D/ST can be left on the waiver wire for Week 3, as they are not a recommended start in fantasy leagues.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 02:59:00 AM

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