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Best daily fantasy football defense plays under $3,000 in Week 17

Steve Buchanan dives into some of the cheap D/ST to consider on the huge 15-game main slate for Sunday afternoon.

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is sacked by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree and nose tackle Javon Hargrave during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With so many teams playing on the main slate Sunday afternoon, the D/ST position could be something you’re simply looking to save some salary with. Sure, you can pay up for some of the elite options but what if you don’t have the salary to spare? In this piece, I’ll look at some of the way you can save and pay down here while still giving yourself an opportunity to rack up some fantasy points.

Steelers ($3,000) vs. Ravens

On paper, this is a scary matchup to target the Steelers, right? Well the good news here, at least for anyone that uses the Steelers, is that Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram will both be out of the game. That leaves Robert Griffin III at quarterbacks and a mix of Gus Edwards and Justice Hill to manage the running back duties. The Steelers have been one of the better defensive teams in the league, so they should be able to manage the second-string players on the Ravens. We haven’t seen much of RG3 this season, rightfully so, as Lamar Jackson as surpassed any expectation we could have had of him. The Steelers will present a massive pass rush against the Ravens O-line, which will put RG3 under plenty of pressure. The way the Steelers are priced, it’s as if Lamar were playing, so take this discount while you can. For reference, the Steelers were just $3,900 last week against the Jets, so you’re getting a huge drop in salary for a backup QB.

Packers ($3,000) vs. Lions

This simply feels too cheap for a Packers team that is averaging 10.3 DKFP over their last three games against the Vikings, Bears and Redskins. David Blough will remain under center for the Lions for the final game of the year and has thrown five interceptions in the four games he’s started. The Packers have been racking up the sacks as of late with 12 over the last three games, giving them a total of 40 on the year. Since Blough has taken over, he’s taken 13 sacks, putting the Packers in a fantastic position to really bring back some value at a very questionably low salary in the final week of the regular season.

Jets ($2,700) vs. Bills

The Jets likely don’t come to mind as a D/ST to consider in Week 17 but I’m liking them in this spot. Let’s not forget, when they faced the Bills in Week 1, they came away with 18 DKFP, allowing just 17 points and grabbing two pick-sixes and sacking Josh Allen once. While Allen has done a much better job at not turning the ball over as of late, he has taken an average of 2.5 sacks per game. The Bills don’t have much to play for in this game as they are locked into the fifth seed in the AFC, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some of their staters get pulled in this game either. As for the Jets D/ST, they come into this game averaging 7 DKFP over the last three weeks, which is right in the area of what we need them to score to payoff their low $2,700 salary. If you’re looking to save some salary, this would be the lowest D/ST I would consider going down to.