This article attempts to highlight some of the best and worst matchups for wide receivers and tight ends each week. Using player tracking data from various sources (NFL.com, Pro Football Focus, ESPN, etc.) as well as reviews of recent trends, I look for situations to exploit or avoid when setting your weekly lineups. Given that this article is intended to help across all sites (both DFS and season-long), variations in pricing and scoring systems are not taken into account so obviously, the values could shift depending on where you are playing. The main intent of this article is simply to call out some players who could be significantly helped or hurt by their situations each week. I will also try to sort them in order of most favorable or least favorable where possible, but obviously, the quality of the player needs to be factored in as well when making your decisions.
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WR Tyler Boyd, CIN vs ATL (Brian Poole)
A.J. Green may not be healthy enough to play, which will put most of the offensive focus on Boyd. He has emerged as a playmaker out of the slot and has caught 12-of-16 targets the past two weeks for 223 yards and two touchdowns. This week, he gets a great matchup against a depleted Falcons defense that has lost both starting safeties to injury as well as their best linebacker. Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford are above-average corners outside which forces most teams to go inside and pick on nickel corner Poole. Per ProFootballFocus.com, he has allowed 16 catches on 20 targets for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns this year.
WR Allen Robinson, CHI vs TB (M.J. Stewart)
Robinson moves all around the formation, which makes it difficult for defenses to key on him. With rookie Anthony Miller likely to miss this week with a shoulder injury, however, it’s likely that Robinson will spend more time than usual working out of the slot with Kevin White and Taylor Gabriel working on the perimeter. That should give him a primary matchup against the extremely vulnerable rookie M.J. Stewart in the slot, who has struggled since taking over for Vernon Hargreaves. Robinson had a quiet game against Patrick Peterson last week but should bounce back here.
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