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 Adam Thielen, MIN vs DET (Nevin Lawson)
Thielen is trying to set the all-time record for consecutive 100+ yard receiving games this week and has a great chance against a Lions secondary that has struggled of late. While Doug Baldwin didn’t take advantage of a similar matchup last week, game script hurt him as Seattle got out to an early lead and focused heavily on the run. Per ESPN, the Lions have allowed the 4th most points to opposing slot receivers over the last 4 weeks. Lawson is a below-average corner who will probably need some help from the safeties to try and slow down Thielen here.
WR Michael Thomas, NO vs LAR (Marcus Peters)
Marcus Peters shadowed Davante Adams last week and did not have much success, giving up over 100 yards and a touchdown on 6 targets. If that trend continues this week, he’ll likely take on another of the league’s best receivers in Michael Thomas. While Peters has a well-earned reputation as a playmaker, he has a tendency to give up big plays as well. He’s also playing through an injury, which should give Thomas a clear edge in this matchup.
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