With fantasy football season underway, Pro Football Network will have weekly Defense/Special Teams (D/ST) rankings for the 2020 season. We continue with our Week 3 Rankings. While singular offensive players dominate fantasy football, the other side of the ball sees players work together as a unit.

The general scoring for defenses includes points for fumbles, interceptions, sacks, and safeties as well as restricting offensive yards and points. Special teams scoring incorporates any kickoff or punt return touchdowns, blocked punts, and blocked field goal attempts.

For the defensive side, the most commonly used strategy by analysts is steaming defenses. This concept involves examining weekly matchups for weaker or outmatched offensive opponents and looking for defenses on your league’s waiver wire to maximize your production from this roster spot. If you’re taking that approach, this ranking page will be a bookmark you visit often.

Defense/Special Teams Fantasy Rankings Highlights for Week 3

Washington Football Team

Currently ranking first in DVOA, Washington finds itself in a favorable matchup for fantasy scoring. If you want Baker Mayfield to make a mistake, you pressure him, and Washington can do that without even having to blitz. The Browns may try to control this game on the ground leading to more time of possession, fewer possessions, and fewer chances to score. One errant throw and we have the potential for this unit to put up points of its own.

Los Angeles Chargers

With pass rushers that were giving the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs a hard time, it’s not hard to love the Chargers this week. Teddy Bridgewater will have to play just as good as Patrick Mahomes did in Week 2 just to keep up. Now without running back Christian McCaffrey, this offense loses its most important piece. It looks like it will be a long day for the Panthers trying to make something happen with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram lining up all over the defensive front.

Indianapolis Colts

Coming in at 5th in DVOA, the Colts face a Jets team that looks so unimaginative that the Wright brothers are reconsidering their legacy. The only team in the top against both the run and the pass, the Colts will look to control this game wire to wire, and it wouldn’t even be a tall task. Shutting down Chris Hogan all but eliminates the receiving game and bringing pressure from anywhere but around Mekhi Becton (if he is able to play after suffering an injury in Week 2) is a recipe for turnovers and potentially the top finishing fantasy football defense in Week 3.

Week 3: Defense/Special Teams Fantasy Rankings

If you need to search for specific teams, you can do so using our filters below. Don’t forget to reset them to clear your board and start from the beginning. As injuries and news come in, we will be updating our rankings to make sure you are covered. Please note: On mobile devices, these rankings view best in landscape mode.

Week 3 RankDefenseDef. Rank Against PassDef. Rank Against RunOpponentOff. Passing RankOff. Rushing Rank
1Steelers141Texans1230
2Colts15Jets3131
3Titans2223Vikings3220
449ers426Giants1432
5Patriots1116Raiders1315
6Chargers1218Panthers419
7Ravens67Chiefs188
8Washington1712Browns292
9Browns276Washington3024
10Cardinals815Lions1018
11Giants22449ers267
12Packers1313Saints2125
13Falcons319Bears2810
14Chiefs2427Ravens254
15Bills203Rams93
16Bears1911Falcons228
17Eagles522Bengals2226
18Saints168Packers61
19Broncos2514Buccaneers2723
20Raiders2917Patriots89
21Dolphins2629Jaguars2012
22Seahwaks322Cowboys311
23Buccaneers214Broncos2321
24Bengals730Eagles1929
25Rams1820Bills122
26Texans331Steelers1114
27Jaguars3010Dolphins1627
28Vikings2828Titans2413
29Lions932Cardinals175
30Panthers1019Chargers156
31Jets1525Colts716
32Cowboys2321Seahwaks517

Andrew Thomas Jordan is an editor and analyst for the Pro Football Network covering Dynasty Football. You can follow him @The_ATJ on Twitter and hear him weekly as co-host of The Fantasy Force Podcast.