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Best fantasy football D/ST plays over $3,000 in Week 12

Best targets to pay up for on DraftKings at D/ST for the Week 12 main slate.

Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen reacts in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Generally, I prefer paying down at D/ST because the outcomes can be so random. But if you have the salary leftover, spending it on a solid defense can payoff. Here are three plays over $3,000 that could put you in the green on the 11-game Week 12 main slate on DraftKings.

Steelers ($4,000) at CIN

The Steelers had a rough game last week in Cleveland, but will have 10 days rest to prepare for the winless Bengals. Prior to last week, Pittsburgh had scored double-digit DKFP in seven straight games, including 44 total DKFP in its last two combined. The Bengals have scored just 23 total points in two games with Ryan Finley starting, and the QB’s committed four turnovers.

Falcons ($3,500) vs. TB

Who is this Falcons D/ST that we’ve seen since the Week 9 bye? In the last two games, Atlanta’s allowed 12 total points to the Saints and Panthers, combining for four interceptions, 11 sacks and a touchdown. It all adds up to 36 DKFP. Now the Falcons return home for a matchup agains turnover-prone Jameis Winston, playing behind a bad offensive line.

Patriots ($3,300) vs. DAL

The Cowboys are a tough opponent, but the Patriots D/ST is playable in any situation. It scored 11 DKFP in Philadelphia last week, and has been even more elite at home this season — where it averages 17.3 DKFP. The Cowboys have scored 35-plus points in three of their last four, but this is going to be a completely different environment. New England’s still allowed just 23 points in four games to the opposition, if you only count points scored by opposing offenses.

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