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Top daily fantasy football D/ST plays over $3,000 in Week 15

Should you eat the Patriots chalk against the Bengals on the main slate? We break down some top defenses to pay up for Sunday.

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore heads to the bench after making an interception during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Normally the DFS community will tell you that you need to pay down at D/ST on most slates to save salary. Well, we’re not here to do that. In this article, we’ll highlight some of the top D/ST to target over $3,000 on DraftKings for Sunday’s main 13-game slate. We’ve got a couple of units that will likely be chalk and a few that could go overlooked due to price.

New England Patriots ($4,000)

The Patriots will head on the road to face the Cincinnati Bengals. Normally this would be a spot where we’re targeting the Pats offense, but that hasn’t been the case lately. New England has been getting it done on defense and the Bengals rack up the 8th-fewest yards per game (312.5) and second-fewest points per game (15.2). Meanwhile, the Pats rank in the top 3 in just about every defensive category. I think New England will be chalky on DK but that’s fine, you can eat the chalk and the Pats have a high ceiling given the likelihood of a pick-6.

Seattle Seahawks ($3,700)

The Seahawks’ defense hasn’t been all that great this season, but if nothing else it’s been opportunistic. Seattle has forced 18 turnovers in the past six games. They’ve posted at least 11 fantasy points in three of four games and are still putting up points despite allowing points. The Panthers fired Ron Rivera and have lost five straight, failing to score more than 21 points in back-to-back games. Christian McCaffrey is really all the Seahawks have to worry about. Kyle Allen should turn it over a few times and make the Seahawks’ floor pretty safe.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($3,600)

Normally we’d be targeting a defense playing against the Buccaneers, but they’re actually in a pretty good spot in Week 15. The Detroit Lions allowing a lot of sacks — 36 over 13 games this season. The Bucs, if nothing else, have a decent pass rush which has sacked the QB 12 times over the past three weeks. QB David Blough was sacked five times by the Vikings in Week 14 and really isn’t much of a threat. I think the Bucs offense will force Blough to throw and that should also lead to potential turnovers and chances for sacks.