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Best daily fantasy football defense plays under $3,000 in Week 16

The worst teams in the league go head to head this weekend in what could be a D/ST fest.

Washington defensive end Jonathan Allen (93) and defensive end Matthew Ioannidis (98) sack Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler (6) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The odds of hitting on a high-priced D/ST aren’t much better than a lower priced option, so looking for some value at the position is always advised. This week our go-to offenses to target are playing each other. That makes for some guess work but also some cheap plays with decent upside.

Washington ($2,800) vs Giants

Washington isn’t a good defense but they’ve been serviceable in good matchups and the Giants are a good matchup. They’ve put up double-digit DK points against Miami, Detroit and Carolina and nine DK points against Daniel Jones in Week 4. It looks like Jones will return this week and he’s been even more turnover prone than Eli Manning, so I’m still all in on Washington as a good value play.

Giants ($2,800) at Washington

Dwayne Haskins had his best game of the season last week against the Eagles, so there is a chance he builds on that, but the bulk of his work hasn’t been so good, as he has nine turnovers and suffered 27 sacks in eight games. As long as that offensive line is crap, Washington is vulnerable to opposing D/STs.

Dolphins ($2,900) vs. Bengals ($2,900)

This game pits two of the best offenses to target with D/STs, much like Washington and the Giants. Miami gets the home field advantage but the Bengals have been slightly better. This game could end up being a shootout but there will likely be turnovers no matter what happens and both offensive lines are poor, which should keep Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick under pressure. I am leaning toward the Bengals as my choice between the two, as Joe Mixon has been playing well and he could keep Dalton from needing to drop back as much as usual.

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