Fantasy Football Week 3 Defense (DST) Rankings: Jaguars Dominate

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Not much has been going well in Jacksonville if you’re a Jaguars fan. For starters, your $88 million quarterback got hurt in his first game with the team. His replacement may be conducting aerobic routines for an adult cam site, and your all-pro cornerback tried to fight your coach. All in all, a fairly entertaining two weeks.

However, lost in all this ruckus is the fact that the once-feared Jaguars defense has become a laughing stock across the league. For all their mishaps, the talent is still there to succeed.

Will the Jags turn things around against a Titans offense that has averaged just 201 yards through the air this season? Find out in our fantasy football defense rankings for Week 3.

UPDATE: They will, and they did. The Jaguars defense was dominant in Thursday night’s victory. The Jacksonville defense accumulated 15 fantasy points thanks in large part to a whopping nine sacks. Hopefully, you took our advice and inserted the defense into your fantasy lineups for this week.

P.S. This is our weekly reminder that whatever you do, do not, I repeat do not start the Miami Dolphins defense under any circumstance.

* Player rankings are based off of full-PPR scoring formats.

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Better Than Usual

  1. Last Week’s Better Than Usual: 
  2. Packers  – 12.00 pts. (DEF3) 
  3. Panthers DEF – 6.00 pts. (DEF16) 
  4. Buccaneers DEF vs. NYG

Quietly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have quite drastically improved since last season. As things currently sit, the Bucs have the seventh-best defense in fantasy and the eighth-best total defense in the NFL.

Tampa Bay held Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton to a passer rating of below 50% just a week ago. This time around they’ll likely be licking their chops as rookie Daniel Jones is set to make his first career start for the G-Men on Sunday.

To make matters worse, Giants guard Kevin Zeitler’s playing status is currently up in the air. Jones’ arsenal of playmakers will likely be limited come game time, as numerous receivers are dealing with concussion symptoms

A top 10 defense, or a rookie QB making his first career start with limited help around him? I know who I’m taking.

Worse Than Usual

  1. Last Week’s Worse Than Usual Candidates: 
  2. Jaguars – 10.80 pts. (DEF9)

Ravens DEF at KC

Ravens Defense

This is in no way an indictment on the Baltimore defense, but rather a tip of the hat to the Chiefs offense. Baltimore’s defense is legit. They have a top-nine fantasy unit on the season, and are arguably better than that ranking supports.

However, you just simply can’t play a defense going up against the Pat Mahomes-led Chiefs with confidence. Defenses that have faced off with Kansas City have averaged a putrid -0.5 fantasy points over the first two weeks of the season.

There’s not much left to say here, don’t risk it, you can find better options on the waiver wire this week.

Week 3 Fantasy Rankings: Defenses

QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | FlexDEFK]

  • Keys: DEF1 l DEF2+
  • Matchup: Great l Avg l Tough
Rank Defense TEAM OPP
1 Patriots NE vs. NYJ
2 Cowboys DAL vs. MIA
3 Bears CHI at WAS
4 Bills BUF vs. CIN
5 Packers GB vs. DEN
6 Vikings MIN vs. OAK
7 Buccaneers TB vs. NYG
8 49ers SF vs. PIT
9 Jaguars JAC vs. TEN
10 Titans TEN at JAC
11 Rams LAR at CLE
12 Seahawks SEA vs. NO
13 Eagles PHI vs. DET
14 Texans HOU at LAC
15 Chargers LAC vs. HOU
16 Panthers CAR at ARI
17 Browns CLE vs. LAR
18 Saints NO at SEA
19 Ravens BAL at KC
20 Cardinals ARI vs. CAR
21 Broncos DEN at GB
22 Redskins WAS vs. CHI
23 Falcons ATL at IND
24 Lions DET at PHI
25 Chiefs KC vs. BAL
26 Colts IND vs. ATL
27 Bengals CIN at BUF
28 Steelers PIT at SF
29 Raiders OAK at MIN
30 Giants NYG at TB
31 Jets NYJ at NE
32 Dolphins MIA at DAL

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