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Fantasy football rankings, Week 3: Defense/special teams

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The SB Nation fantasy team reveals which defense/special teams rank in the top 25 heading into Week 3.

While Seattle's offense is sputtering, the Seahawks' defense is firing on all cylinders and appear have an extremely favorable matchup in Week 3 against San Francisco. Throw Carolina into that boat, as well, aside from the sputtering offense part. The Panthers are about as locked-in as it gets and, even with a semi-daunting matchup against Minnesota, you really would have to go out of your way to find a reason not to start them this weekend.

The Texans, while being one of the top defenses thus far, deserve some recognition this week as the Patriots, who will be using a third-string quarterback this week, have faced some struggles against opposing defensive ends. They'll be greeted by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.

Would you much rather stream? I'm not sure there's a better option than the Miami Dolphins this weekend. They'll face a Cleveland Browns team on it's third quarterback in as many weeks. Sure, the Patriots tore the Dolphins apart last week -- and sure, Miami held the Seahawks' offense in check in Week 1 -- but the Dolphins are at home and heavily favored. Another nice streaming option is the Buccaneers, who are facing Case Keenum and a Rams team that has scored nine points in eight quarters of play this season.

Defense/Special Teams, Week 3

(ZS: Zach Senvisky, JM: Jason Marcum, AP: Adam Patrick, SK: Scott Kaliska, JG: Jeff Goldberg, KB: Kyle Bennett, DG: Derek Gordon)

Rk Consensus Opp. ZS JM AP SK JG KB DG
1 Seattle Seahawks vs. SF 1 1 7 1 5 1 1
2 Carolina Panthers vs. MIN 8 5 1 2 3 2 4
3 Arizona Cardinals @ BUF 5 3 19 5 4 3 2
4 Denver Broncos @ CIN 9 4 10 4 9 5 5
5 Cincinnati Bengals vs. DEN 2 6 4 7 15 6 6
6 Houston Texans @ NE 3 12 16 3 2 4 12
7 Miami Dolphins vs. CLE 15 10 5 6 1 8 10
8 New England Patriots vs. HOU 11 2 22 8 14 10 3
9 Baltimore Ravens @ JAC 4 11 8 16 10 9 13
10 Pittsburgh Steelers @ PHI 7 20 6 10 8 7 20
11 Minnesota Vikings @ CAR 13 13 2 17 12 13 11
12 Los Angeles Rams @ TB 14 7 14 13 16 11 7
13 New York Jets @ KC 6 18 9 12 11 12 18
14 Kansas City Chiefs vs. NYJ 12 14 20 9 6 14 17
15 Green Bay Packers vs. DET 10 16 11 11 17 15 16
16 Dallas Cowboys vs. CHI 16 8 18 18 7 18 14
17 New York Giants vs. WAS 17 17 17 15 18 17 8
18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. LA 18 15 21 14 13 16 15
19 Oakland Raiders @ TEN 19 21 13 20 20 19 21
19 Tennessee Titans vs. OAK -- 9 23 -- 19 24 9
21 Buffalo Bills vs. ARZ 20 19 24 25 23 20 19
22 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. BAL 23 24 -- 19 21 21 24
23 San Diego Chargers @ IND 24 -- 12 -- -- -- --
24 Philadelphia Eagles vs. PIT 22 23 -- 22 -- 25 23
25 San Francisco 49ers @SEA -- 27 15 21 -- -- 27
25 Detroit Lions @ GB 21 22 -- -- -- -- 22
-- Washington @ NYG 25 25 -- 24 24 22 25
-- Chicago Bears @ DAL -- -- -- 23 22 23 --
-- Indianapolis Colts vs. SD -- -- 25 -- -- -- --
-- Cleveland Browns @ MIA -- -- -- -- 25 -- --