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The New Orleans Saints will be without cornerback Delvin Breaux (shoulder) in Week 15 when they travel to Arizona.
Breaux was injured in Week 14 against Tampa Bay, leaving B.W. Webb to start in his place this week against the Cardinals. The Saints have failed to force a turnover in three of the last four weeks but could see a rebound in takeaways on Sunday against an Arizona team that has 11 turnovers in their last five games, including four in Week 14 alone. The Saints D/ST is a middling fantasy option on the road in Week 15. Fri, Dec 16, 2016 05:36:00 PM

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The New Orleans Saints are preparing to host the Los Angeles Rams, who have not scored more than 10 points in a game since Week 6.

The New Orleans defense was hammered for 33.6 points per game through Week 6, but has allowed just 23.6 points per game since. The improvement of the Saints defense should continue in Week 12 against rookie QB Jared Goff, who averaged a timid 4.3 yards per pass attempt in his Week 11 debut. The Saints D/ST is a very enticing streaming option and top-10 fantasy D/ST this week at home against Los Angeles.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 04:47:00 PM

The New Orleans defense held Carolina to just 223 total yards on Thursday night but failed to force any turnovers in a 23-20 loss.

The 223 total yards were by far the fewest allowed by New Orleans in a single game in 2016, but the Saints D/ST failed to make much of a fantasy impact with a goose egg in the turnover department and just two sacks on the night. New Orleans has improved defensively since a brutal start to the season, allowing 259.8 passing yards per game over the last five weeks compared to 301.6 per game in their first five games of 2016. The Saints D/ST will barge into the streaming conversation in Week 12 with a home date against Los Angeles and rookie QB Jared Goff on deck.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 12:44:00 AM

New Orleans will welcome the return of DT Sheldon Rankins (leg) in Week 9.

The rookie defensive tackle broke his fibula in August and will make his NFL debut this week when the Saints take on the San Francisco 49ers. The Saints hope Rankins can contribute immediately, and his teammates believe that is a distinct possibility. "He's basically picked up right where he left off," said OG Tom Lelito. The addition of Rankins should boost a struggling Saints defense that has allowed more than 30 points per game through eight weeks.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 06:32:00 PM

Saints CB Delvin Breaux (leg) claims to be 90 percent healthy after practicing on Thursday.

As was the case on Wednesday, Breaux was limited in Thursday's practice and still undecided about his playing status for Sunday's game against Seattle. ""If it is, then I'll be excited," Breaux said. "If not, I'll live to see another week. Just taking it one day at a time." New Orleans has been without Breaux since Week 1 and sits 30th among NFL defenses in pass defense as they prepare to host the Seahawks in Week 8, where the Saints D/ST won't be a startable fantasy option.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 07:42:00 PM

The New Orleans defense has allowed touchdowns in just 58.3 percent of goal-to-go situations, good for seventh among NFL defenses.

The strength in the red zone has helped the struggling Saints defensive unit, but the group is still dead-last in NFL scoring defense, coughing up 32.5 points per game. New Orleans should be well rested after a bye and will face the Carolina Panthers on a short week, but the Saints D/ST is well off the fantasy radar in Week 6 with Cam Newton expected back under center.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 11:05:00 AM

The injury-riddled New Orleans defense was shredded for 442 total yards and 45 points by the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.

Excluding a kneel down at the Saints' six-yard line as time expired, Atlanta scored point on six on eight drives. It was a horrific performance from the New Orleans defense, especially the Saints secondary that has been hit hard by injury. The Saints D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option anytime soon, as the group is coughing up an average of 32.0 points and 448.3 total yards per game.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 05:09:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 12:09:00 PM

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

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