2012 Fantasy Football Week 3: Team Defense Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIISeptember 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Alson Smith #99 of the San Francisco 49ers sacks quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on September 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The  49ers won the game 27-19. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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What looked like a few challenging matchups on paper didn’t seem to phase the 49ers in defeating the Packers and Lions. Now San Francisco heads back on the road to take on a floundering Vikings team.

Christian Ponder will struggle and we can only hope he’s able to make it through the game healthy. Perhaps Minnesota would be wise to take a chapter from the Lions' book last week and just concede the game by running the football with regularity.

I don’t care if Adrian Peterson is taking the handoffs—San Francisco will shut the running game down like they do against every team.

Maybe I was a little hard on the Lions by saying they gave up last week, because it’s understandable that you don’t want to become one dimensional on offense, against a defense like this. Any way you slice it up this is going to be a long day for the Vikings' offense and San Francisco is the top fantasy defense this week.

What Did We Learn From Week 2?

- Perhaps we should just admit that the Jets have the Bills number and move on. Buffalo looked much better as a team and didn't give up a touchdown until garbage time in the fourth quarter. Heading back on the road to play the Browns, we should feel good about their odds of giving us start-worthy production.

- Keep an eye on the Cowboys injury report because their defense was crushed in Seattle. Expect a high-scoring game as the Cowboys head back home to face a revamped Buccaneers offense. Until this defense is healthy again, they are a risky play against respectable offenses.

Sean’s Week 3 Watch List

- Que up Rob Schneider, Raider fans, because your team sucks again! Born and raised in the Bay Area, I hate to admit that but this team needs to have a rallying cry effort with the Steelers coming to town. Dysfunctional on both sides of the football, bet against Oakland to win and the Steelers defense being a great start in fantasy leagues.

- The Seahawks are a different team when they play in Seattle. Unfortunately, they face the Packers this week. It's probably best to keep them on the bench, but I will be interested to see how this game unfolds. It should be a good one.

1 49ers @ Vikings
2 Steelers @ Raiders
3 Eagles @ Cardinals
4 Lions @ Titans
5 Bills @ Browns
6 Jets @ Dolphins
7 Packers @ Seahawks
8 Bears Rams
9 Ravens Patriots
10 Cardinals Eagles
11 Texans @ Broncos
12 Seahawks Packers
13 Patriots @ Ravens
14 Redskins Bengals
15 Dolphins Jets
16 Rams @ Bears

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