Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

Eric StashinSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Brad Smith #16 of the New York Jets runs past Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Let’s take a look at how I rank the top defenses for the upcoming week.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers - at Tampa Bay
  2. Baltimore Ravens - vs. Cleveland
  3. Minnesota Vikings - vs. Detroit
  4. Philadelphia Eagles - at Jacksonville
  5. New England Patriots - vs. Buffalo
  6. New York Jets - at Miami
  7. Green Bay Packers - at Chicago
  8. Cincinnati Bengals - at Carolina
  9. New York Giants - vs. Tennessee
  10. San Francisco 49ers - at Kansas City
  11. San Diego Chargers - at Seattle
  12. Washington Redskins - at St. Louis
  13. Miami Dolphins - vs. New York Jets
  14. Indianapolis Colts - vs. Denver
  15. Oakland Raiders - at Arizona



  • The Steelers looked like the best defense in the league last week, completely stifling the Titans offense.  Considering the Buccaneers are not an elite offense, things could get ugly.
  • While the Packers defense is good, the Bears offense could be up to the task.  Which side is going to win?  It’s certainly going to be an intriguing matchup, making it tough to depend on the Packers defense.
  • The Jets defense should fair just fine against Miami, but you have to know them down a notch due to the absence of Darrelle Revis.
  • The Giants defense is a good bet to rebound after the thrashing they took from the Colts, but Chris Johnson has just as much to prove.  They are a low-end play, but it’s certainly a risk.
  • It will be interesting to see what type of pressure the Bengals bring at rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen in his first NFL start.  I know the Bengals defense hasn’t been great this season, but the shootout with the Patriots certainly helps to skew the numbers.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 3 Rankings: