Fantasy Football Start & Sit Defense/Special Teams: Week 3

Week 3 of the 2011 NFL season is almost ready to kickoff, which means it is time to start getting your fantasy football lineups in order. Athlon Sports will try to help you do that each week with its Start or Sit suggestions. Keep in mind that these are suggestions and you are the owner of your fantasy team, and setting your lineup comes down to what you think is right.

This is how I work out fantasy football scoring in my mind: I want to average 16 points from my QBs, RBs, WRs and Flex and average 10 points from my TEs, Ks and DSTs. It rarely works that way, but if you could get the skill spots to average 16 and the other three to average 10, that's 132 points in a 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLX, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DST setup; it's a score that should win you most weeks.

Check back each week for Start or Sit and see who we are giving our thumbs up or thumbs down to and whether we had success or failure the week prior.

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DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
START

Arizona at Seattle — Done laughing yet? The Cardinals are a terrible real defense but a good fantasy defense. They are the 12th-best in Athlon scoring with 21 points. Arizona can get sacks and interceptions against Tarvaris Jackson, and the return game is always dangerous for the Cards; plus Seattle has shown it can allow big plays in the return game (see Ted Ginn for the 49ers). Seattle has given up 26 and 17 so far to San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

San Diego vs. Kansas City — We told you in the preseason that the Chargers as a fantasy DST were on the decline. Scoring seven total fantasy points through two games certainly proves us right. They now get the Chiefs, who are a mess right now and have scored just 10 points this season. San Diego should force Matt Cassel into a number of mistakes trying to make something happen, and the Chargers will be there to capitalize. Buffalo (14) and Detroit (22) have had good fantasy outings against the Chiefs so far.

Tennessee vs. Denver — The Titans have surrendered just 29 points this season and have registered five sacks. The Broncos have allowed seven sacks, good for fifth most in the league. Tennessee is 11th in Athlon scoring with 11 fantasy points per game; it should be good for at least that in Week 3.

SIT
Chicago vs. Green Bay —
In larger than 12-team leagues you use them, if not, sit them. The Bears are the fifth-best fantasy defense thanks to 25 points against the Falcons in the opener. However, they registered just three points against the Saints last week, and I can't see that improving this week. Fantasy defenses have scored 6 and 3 against the Packers so far this season. No thanks.

Houston at New Orleans — The Texans have been a great fantasy defense so far, like we told you they would. But this is one of the weeks you sit 'em. This week they travel to New Orleans in a game that could be a shootout.

New Orleans vs. Houston — See above and repeat. The last time the Saints were in a shootout at the Superdome was Week 1 when their fantasy defense scored just six points against the Packers. These are two defenses you want to play often, but sit them this week.
 

— Corby A. Yarbrough @AthlonCorby on Twitter

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