Week 3 Fantasy Rankings: Defense
The Patriots D/ST might have won more than a few fantasy football owners their matchups last week, which underscores the important of this importance. Of course, highly projected units like the Bears, Ravens and Broncos did little, which underscores its volatility. Our Week 3 fantasy defense rankings try to sort through it all and find the best start ’em, sit em choices, whether they were drafted studs or matchup-based streamers you can pick up off the waiver wire right now.
We’re sticking with the Bears in the top spot against Case Keenum and the Redskins. Washington has disappointed owners of the Eagles and Cowboys in the first two owners, as its been surprisingly efficient, but we expect a bounce-back from the Bears. New England has a legit claim to the top spot against Trevor Siemian and the Jets and will likely be highly owned in DFS contests. ( Update: With Luke Falk likely to start for the Jets this week, we’ve moved the Pats up to No. 1, where they probably should have been all along.)
We’re giving the Cowboys another chance after they’ve disappointed against the Giants and Redskins. The Dolphins have been a disaster offensively in each of the first two weeks, so if Dallas can’t do it against them, there are really no excuses. The Rams should be solid against a Browns team that turned the ball over in Week 1, and the Titans (@ Jaguars) look good against a rookie QB on a Thursday night. Seattle (vs. Saints) should be able to cause problems for Teddy Bridgewater at home; likewise for the 49ers, who will face Mason Rudolph at home.
Some of the best matchups for waiver wire D/STs belong to units you don’t want to start. The Giants (@ Buccaneers), Bucs (vs. Giants), and Bengals (@ Bills) all face turnover-prone QBs, but only the Bucs have impressed in any way this year. They’re a sneaky sleeper option, though they come with a very low floor.
On the other side, the Texans (@ Chargers), Broncos (@ Packers), Ravens (@ Chiefs), and Chiefs (vs. Ravens) are tough to play this week — which means they’re tough to keep on your roster at all. Unless any of those teams have favorable upcoming matchups, you can feel free to drop them and play matchup game going forward.
Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for updates and analysis!
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