When fantasy football was first invented, low scoring games were a common occurrence. It made no sense to give fantasy defenses a lot of points for low-scoring games.

However, NFL scoring has never been higher and if your fantasy defense manages to shut out its opponent in today’s era of football, you should be awarded mega points.

A good rule of thumb is to start at 12 points — two touchdowns — for a shutout and adjust the point total from there based on tiered scoring.