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Fantasy football rankings: Defense/Special teams in Week 3

Here are your week 3 rankings.

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It’s Week 3 and we’re starting to hopefully get a more clear pictures of what these teams are as a whole. There have been some up and down games for a few defenses, but this week’s rankings will have a bigger emphasis on match-up as opposed to overall talent.

Have you lost by single digit points in a fantasy match up within the past 2 weeks? Maybe you need a defense to get you an extra point or two:

Week 3 D/ST rankings

RANK TEAM
RANK TEAM
1 Baltimore Ravens
2 Seattle Seahawks
3 Los Angeles Rams
4 Philadelphia Eagles
5 Jacksonville Jaguars
6 Denver Broncos
7 Carolina Panthers
8 Pittsburgh Steelers
9 Arizona Cardinals
10 Detroit Lions
11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12 Houston Texans
13 Buffalo Bills
14 Kansas City Chiefs
15 Los Angeles Chargers
16 Tennessee Titans
17 San Francisco 49ers
18 New York Giants
19 Dallas Cowboys
20 Minnesota Vikings
21 Atlanta Falcons
22 Washington Redskins
23 Green Bay Packers
24 New England Patriots
25 Cleveland Browns
26 Miami Dolphins
27 Oakland Raiders
28 Chicago Bears
29 Cincinnati Bengals
30 New York Jets
31 Indianapolis Colts
32 New Orleans Saints

Best bets: Ravens, Seahawks, Rams, Eagles, Jaguars

The Ravens defense is the main reason that Baltimore currently sits at 2-0 as they head across the pond to face the Jaguars. That’s in large part because they have 8 interceptions to lead the league (double the second place team). Playing in another country can throw a team off, but I like this defense against Blake Bortles.

The Seahawks’ defense hasn’t been putting up ridiculous fantasy points, but they’re a threat to dominate a game any time they’re on the field. They play the Titans next and with Corey Davis and DeMarco Murray injured, the Seahawks have a better matchup.

The Rams! You read that correctly. The Rams lit up the Colts offense in week 1 and even though they allowed 27 points against Washington, they play the Niners this week. For Thursday night football too. So expect a lot of sloppy offensive play for them to feast on.

It was a rough go for the Eagles against the Chiefs in Week 2, but on the bright side: Graham and Cox were still monsters. The Eagles have 8 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries in just two games so far. A favorable matchup against the porous Giants line looks very appetizing.

On the other side of that London game, you have the Jaguars. Tennessee took them to the woodshed last week, but their 11 sacks can’t be ignored. The Ravens losing All-Pro lineman, Marshall Yanda, will make the Raven’s line vulnerable. Do the Jags get a home-field advantage with this being their fourth London game?

Streamables: Packers, Dolphins, Cowboys

The Packers have sustained injuries in the front-seven, but they play a team that just plain might be bad. The Bengals line is swiss cheese and the Packers still have Clay Matthews and (if he’s healthy) Nick Perry to let loose. The Dolphins also play the Jets. When in doubt, I feel like a team defending the Jets can have at least an okay day. The Cowboys also play the Cardinals and the FatHead poster they’re trying to pass off as Carson Palmer under center. They’re coming off a drubbing by the Broncos and may be looking to let out some frustration.