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.
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
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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.