A pushover for years, the New Orleans defense is a patsy no more. In the three seasons from 2014 to 2016, the Saints ranked no better than 29th in defensive fantasy scoring. Last year they ranked seventh. CB Marshon Lattimore and FS Marcus Williams turned in tremendous rookie seasons, fueling a pass defense that ranked seventh in opponent passer rating (79.0) and ninth in opponent completion percentage (59.4 percent). The secondary now gets a further boost from the addition of stellar CB Patrick Robinson via free agency. The Saintsí defense is also very good on the edges, led by stud DE Cameron Jordan, who registered a career-high 13 sacks last season.
New Orleans could stand to get better against the run after yielding 4.4 yards per carry in 2017. Aside from OLB Demario Davis, none of the Saintsí linebackers can be considered any better than average.
Long a laughingstock, the New Orleans defense is now legitimate. A phenomenal draft that brought in Lattimore and Williams made a huge difference and made a once-flammable Saints pass defense very difficult to throw against. Suddenly, this defense is an attractive fantasy asset.