Knowing who to target as D/ST streamers in fantasy football is increasingly important to win your matchups. Here’s a look at four D/ST streamers with higher rankings to look at in Week 3.
Top defense streamers for Week 3 | AFC
The Raiders stymied the Steelers in a Week 2 victory and now face another intriguing matchup in Week 3.
Las Vegas Raiders
The addition of Gus Bradley as the Raiders’ new defensive coordinator is paying dividends. Las Vegas is currently 2-0 and ranks 11th in points allowed (22), 12th in sacks (5), and 16th in yards allowed (368.5). The Raiders brought in a ton of talent this offseason and simplified their scheme. They are thriving and have a plus matchup in Week 3.
The Raiders face a struggling Dolphins offense at home. Franchise quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is dealing with bruised ribs, and the offense looked dismal with backup Jacoby Brissett at the helm. Las Vegas is an excellent streamer this week.
You may be surprised to see Tennessee being recommended as a streamer. The Titans have allowed 121.4 PPR fantasy points per game this season. This is eerily similar to the 111.7 they conceded last year. However, Tennessee’s defense really stepped up in the second half against the Seahawks. This unit sacked Russell Wilson 3 times and held Seattle to only 6 points en route to the win.
Now, the Titans play against the Colts in Week 3. The team will face either Carson Wentz — with limited mobility due to two sprained ankles — or backup Jacob Eason. Fire the Titans up as a streamer if you are in a pinch.
Week 3 D/ST streamers and rankings | NFC
The Panthers are one of the most dynamic fantasy D/STs out there. Wait until you discover who they are playing this week.
The Panthers currently lead the NFL in several defensive categories, including yards allowed per game (190), sacks (10), quarterback hits (21), and defensive third-down percentage (25%). Carolina faces a Texans team in Week 3 that has surpassed expectations with quarterback Tyrod Taylor under center.
However, the veteran signal-caller is dealing with a hamstring injury and could be sidelined for the next four games. The Panthers will travel to Houston for rookie quarterback Davis Mills’ first career start. If the Panthers are available in your fantasy league, my advice is to pick them up.
New Orleans Saints
A lot of the talk surrounding the Saints so far this season has been about quarterback Jameis Winston and the rest of the offense. New Orleans’ offensive struggles could also have a negative impact on the defense. We saw this last week against the Panthers. Nevertheless, this is still the same defense that shut down Green Bay’s explosive offense in Week 1.
The Patriots seem to want to rely on their running game and defense. This places rookie Mac Jones in more of a game-manager role. Additionally, he doesn’t have an abundance of receiving weapons in New England. This is a matchup in which the Saints could surprise us. New Orleans is in a good spot for a bounce-back performance.