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What to do with Chargers D/ST in Week 3 fantasy football

The Chargers defense has a great matchup this week against the Panthers.

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The Los Angeles Chargers never get much attention, which means their defense exists mostly in a blackhole as far as the popular consciousness goes. But this group getting overlooked could be a huge asset to your fantasy football hopes this week.

Fantasy Football analysis: Chargers D/ST

Earlier this week, the Chargers had a meager 30 percent ownership rate. We suggested then that they belong in your lineup, and we’re going to double down on that insistence here.

They had a rough outing last week against the Chiefs, scoring just three fantasy points in standard formats. Nevertheless, they were an essential part of keeping that game close and sending it to overtime. Back in Week 1 they had a big outing against the Bengals, racking up 15 points. This week’s game against the Panthers, who are now without Christian McCaffrey, has the chance to be something more akin to what happened in Week 1. Carolina surrendered 17 points to the Bucs D/ST last week. The Chargers belong in your lineup this week.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start the Chargers D/ST.