If our Week 3 fantasy rankings for defense could talk, it would probably apologize for not having more potential pickups from the waiver wire in the top 12. Maybe that’s OK because we haven’t hit the bye weeks yet, but it would still be nice to have a few more options considering some of the top preseason defenses and D/ST sleepers have either disappointed or have unfavorable matchups this week.

Joey Bosa’s foot injury has really hurt the Chargers, who are also taxed with a tough matchup (@ Rams), while Deion Jones’s and Keanu Neal’s season-ending injuries have clipped the Falcons, who also face a tough opponent in Week 3 (vs. Saints). The Saints (@ Falcons) and Lions (vs. Patriots) were two more of our top-15 fantasy defenses that are unplayable this week.

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So, if those teams are moving down, other worthwhile team must be moving up, right? Well, yes and no. Teams are moving up, but the jury is still out if they’re worthwhile. You could bank on a sloppy Thursday night game and pick up either the Browns or the Jets, but that isn’t going to feel good. Some of the better fringe teams, such as the Redskins (vs. Packers) and Bengals (@ Panthers) have tough matchups, hurting their prospects. Overall, it’s one of those weeks where the owners with the top D/STs are going to feel confident; everyone else will hope for a pleasant surprise.

Reminder: We will keep these rankings updated and add analysis during the week, so check back often for the latest news and injury updates! And if you’re looking for more analysis, find out how you’ll lose in Week 3 or listen to the Week 3 preview podcast.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings: D/ST

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues

1Minnesota Vikings vs. Bills. Josh Allen had his moments in Week 2, but he still took five sacks and threw two INTs. He’ll see a whole lot of purple in his face on Sunday. 2Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Titans. Whether it’s a banged-up Marcus Mariota or Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville, who just gave Tom Brady all sorts of problems, is a top-tier option as always.3Chicago Bears @ Cardinals. The Cardinals have scored six points in two weeks. The B

ears will get their sacks and a takeaway or two while keeping the score low.4Philadelphia Eagles vs. Colts. Perhaps the return of Carson Wentz will inspire the Eagles defense, which has given up more than a few big plays in the passing game. With T.Y. Hilton coming to town, the Eagles might once again give up yards and points, but they will shut down Indy’s anemic running game and harass Andrew Luck all game.5Houston Texans vs. Giants. The Texans disappointed majorly against Blaine Gabbert and the Titans in Week 2, managing only one sack without any takeaways. Why will they be any better against the Giants, who have more explosive playmakers? For starters, Manning just took six sacks against the Cowboys, and his lack of mobility should play into the hands of the Texans aggressive pass rush. Also, this is Houston’s home opener, and it should get an extra boost from the loud home crowd.6Los Angeles Rams vs. Chargers. The Rams have taken advantage of two under-performing offenses in Weeks 1 and 2, but there’s no doubt this is one of the better units in the league. The Chargers are going to hit the Rams with a bunch of different weapons, but ultimately we think the home L.A. team will still make enough big plays and take advantage of Philip Rivers’ lack of mobility and willingness to gamble.7New England Patriots @ Lions. The Lions can score, but there’s still something out of sync with this offense. While Matthew Stafford cleaned up the INTs in Week 2, he still took a pair of sacks and lost a key fumble while often missing open receivers downfield. New England will have a scheme ready that is sure to disrupt the one-dimensional Detroit offense. While Detroit will still get yards and points, we still like the Patriots’ potential for sacks and takeaways.8Denver Broncos @ Ravens. Baltimore has looked like two different teams in the first two weeks. Which team will show up in Week 3? Tough to say, but we know the potential for sacks and turnovers always lies within Joe Flacco, especially against an aggressive defense. It helps the Ravens that this game is at home, but Denver, who’s averaging 3.5 sacks and 1.5 takeaways per game, can still put up fantasy points.9Baltimore Ravens vs. Broncos. Like the offense, Baltimore’s defense was fantastic in Week 1 and awful in Week 2. The Broncos had trouble with a similar defense at home in Week 1, when Seattle intercepted Case Keenum three times. Baltimore will get the benefit of being at home and well rested, though it might be without LB C.J. Mosley (leg). His absence would definitely hurt, but we’ll still take our chances with the Ravens at home.10Carolina Panthers vs. Bengals. Cincinnati’s offense has looked good the first two weeks, but the loss of Joe Mixon (knee) makes them a little more one dimensional. Back at home and free from Hurricane Florence worries, we like Carolina to force Andy Dalton into some mistakes. WEEK 3 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings11Dallas Cowboys @ Seahawks. The Cowboys lead the league with nine sacks, and the Seahawks have a porous offensive line. Seattle usually plays better at home and you know Russell Wilson will make some plays, but this is still a pretty good spot for the Cowboys.12Cleveland Browns vs. Jets. This ranking seems crazy, but the Browns are averaging 3.5 sacks and four takeaways a game this year, and while those totals were inflated by the poor weather conditions in Week 1, it’s clear this defense is much improved. Sam Darnold has thrown three picks and taken five sacks in two games, and this will be his first start on short rest. We’re banking on some sloppy play in a Thursday road game.13Tennessee Titans @ Jaguars. Tennessee has posted a solid five sacks and three INTs through the first two weeks (in addition to a return touchdown). The Jags haven’t given up many fantasy points to D/STs, but Blake Bortles is always a roll of the dice.14Seattle Seahawks vs. Cowboys. The Seahawks are usually better at home, and Dallas’s offense is fairly one dimensional. The Legion of Boom isn’t walking through the door, but we think the Seahawks D shows up at a decent level in this one.15New York Jets @ Browns. The turnover-hungry Jets will look to ugly up a Thursday road game, and that’s more than possible when these two teams get together.16Miami Dolphins vs. Raiders. Miami is tied for the league lead in interceptions (5) and has a return touchdown. The Raiders offense has mostly been stuck in neutral this year, so there’s no real fear of negative points. Miami has a pretty decent floor in this game.17Arizona Cardinals vs. Bears18Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buccaneers19Cincinnati Bengals @ Panthers MORE WEEK 3 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup Builder20New Orleans Saints @ Falcons21Green Bay Packers @ Redskins22Kansas City Chiefs vs. 49ers23Washington Redskins vs. Packers24Atlanta Falcons vs. Saints25New York Giants @ Texans26Los Angeles Chargers @ Rams27Oakland Raiders @ Dolphins28Indianapolis Colts @ Eagles29San Francisco 49ers @ Chiefs30Buffalo Bills @ Vikings31Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Steelers32Detroit Lions vs. Patriots