Atlanta Falcons fantasy football outlook entering Week 13

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Nov 29, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of their game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Vikings won 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Defense (0 Sacks, 1 interception, 0 forced fumbles, 20 points given up: 3.0 points)

I can’t help but feel really bad for the defense. They continued playing very well, but the team just fell flat due to the offense, yet again.

The defense did their job for the most part. They held the Vikings to just seven first half points, and it was just a garbage time Adrian Peterson touchdown that inflated Minnesota’s final point total. They also forced a crucial interception in the end zone, which kept the game from getting out of hand, early on.

The continued problem with the defense, from a fantasy perspective, is that they don’t get sacks. Vic Beasley flashes promise but he continued to demonstrate that he doesn’t know how to finish. This was evident on one play where he had Teddy Bridgewater in his arms but couldn’t bring him down.

Analysis: Continue to stay away from the Falcons defense. They don’t get enough sacks or force enough turnovers to be worth the fantasy start. Upcoming games against explosive offenses such as the Bucs, Panthers twice, Jaguars and Saints to close out the season emphasizes that fact.