Fantasy Football Week 3: Top 15 Defense/Special Teams Rankings

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIISeptember 17, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the bench during the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won 20-13 in regulation.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Last week, I highlighted three defenses that fantasy owners should consider stashing on their benches after Week 1.

The purpose of that was to use them in Week 3 while being able to spend priority waiver claims on Week 2 potential breakouts like the New York Giants’ Andre Brown or Detroit Lions’ Mikel Leshoure.

Injuries to Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker make the Redskins’ defense a less attractive option heading into Week 3.

Here are my top 15 fantasy defenses for the upcoming NFL slate of games.


1. Baltimore Ravens (vs. New England Patriots) 

A prime-time game on Sunday night will be a tremendous watch. The Ravens and Patriots are coming off of losses to NFC teams in Week 2.

The Patriots also lost Aaron Hernandez. They still have the ability to get things done on offense. Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski are all productive players. Stevan Ridley has had a fine start to the season.

But the Ravens have the ability to make some big plays and are easily worth the fantasy gamble at home.


2. New Orleans Saints (vs. Kansas City Chiefs) 

The Chiefs have been demolished in consecutive weeks and now must travel to the Superdome. One of these teams is going to leave the stadium 0-3. It looks like it’ll be the Chiefs.


3. Arizona Cardinals (vs. Philadelphia Eagles) 

The 2-0 Eagles have committed nine turnovers.


4. Seattle Seahawks (vs. Green Bay Packers)

 Twelve men for the price of 11.


5. Buffalo Bills (at Cleveland Browns) 

The Bills will challenge rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden to string together two turnover-free performances.


6. Philadelphia Eagles (at Arizona Cardinals) 

That quarterback they’ll be facing, Kevin Kolb…yeah, they’re familiar with him.


7. St. Louis Rams (at Chicago Bears)

 In the words of Charles Woodson: “Jay’s gonna throw us the ball.” The Rams have got some nice cover corners and should be able to get after Cutler behind his porous offensive line.


8. Detroit Lions (at Tennessee Titans) 

The Titans’ offense hasn’t been all that impressive this season. The run has been almost ignored while passing has not won them games.


9. San Francisco 49ers (at Minnesota Vikings) 

The 49ers’ defense tends to travel well. These guys are legit.


10. Chicago Bears (vs. St. Louis Rams) 

The Bears have a great defense, will be playing at home, have 10 days of rest and will be fuming after their loss to the Packers.


11. Dallas Cowboys (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 

The Cowboys are a talented team with star pass-rushing talent (DeMarcus Ware) and excellent additions to their defensive backfield.


12. Pittsburgh Steelers (at Oakland Raiders) 

The Raiders just aren’t as explosive as advertised with all of the speed they customarily like to put on the field.


13. Green Bay Packers (at Seattle Seahawks) 

The Packers have some playmakers on defense and can put points on the board from either side of the ball.


14. Houston Texans (at Denver Broncos) 

Peyton Manning is unlikely to have two games in a row that are as ugly as his Monday night started.


15. Denver Broncos (vs. Houston Texans) 

The Broncos might be higher on this list if the Texans' offense weren’t so run-oriented. They’ve got a great pair of cornerbacks in Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter.


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