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2 D/ST to start and 2 D/ST to fade in Week 3 fantasy football

The Chargers could be a real nice pickup for lineups this week.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

There are differing strategies for how to approach defense/special teams for fantasy football. Some will settle in with a single defense while others will stream week in and week out. Given the reliance on turnovers and sacks, it can be somewhat unpredictable. Below are options to consider and avoid for Week 3.

D/ST to start

Los Angeles Chargers

The Bolts’ defense might be one of the season’s more underrated units. But as far as fantasy football scoring, they’ve been middle of the pack so far, but they have a chance to pad those numbers this week against a Panthers team without its best offensive player, running back Christian McCaffery. Tampa Bay’s defense had a 17-point day against Carolina last week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Speaking of the Bucs’ defense, they get another juicy matchup this week in Denver. The Broncos are without a trio of essential offensive players, including starting quarterback Drew Lock. He’ll be without the team’s best receiver, Courtland Sutton, too.

D/ST to sit

Kansas City Chiefs

Would you want to start a defense against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens? I should hope not. Both teams are going to score early and often in this one, making both defenses a bad play for fantasy this week.

Seattle Seahawks

Like the previously mentioned game, this one’s going to be all about the offense. The Cowboys are scoring nearly 30 points a game this season, enough to wipe out any fantasy production from an opposing D/ST unit.