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 MIA (Bobby McCain)
Thielen has cooled off slightly with just 10/98/1 over his previous two games combined, but he should be a focal point this week against the Dolphins. He’ll match up against McCain, who helped Julian Edelman to a 9/86/1 game last week and Zay Jones to a 4/67/2 game the week prior. If Xavien Howard can’t go, Minkah Fitzpatrick still figures to give Stefon Diggs some trouble on the outside.
WR Brandin Cooks, LAR vs PHI (Rasul Douglas)
WR Josh Reynolds, LAR vs PHI (DeVante Busby)
The Eagles have remained one of the best matchups for perimeter receivers all year long, and they have only gotten weaker due to a rash of injuries. Last week, we saw Amari Cooper punish them for 10/217/3 in a key divisional matchup. This week, they take on an angry Rams team looking to rebound from a poor showing against a tough Bears defense. While Robert Woods should remain a solid option out of the slot, both Cooks and Reynolds deserve a clear upgrade here. The Eagles simply don’t have the bodies to match up with the Rams outside.
WR Jarvis Landry, CLE vs DEN (Justin Simmons)
While the volume wasn’t there last week, Landry still came through with 57 yards and a touchdown on just 4 targets while also adding a touchdown and 54 yards as a runner. This week, he’ll face a weakened Broncos defense without Chris Harris. Free safety Justin Simmons figures to take on most of the responsibility for covering slot receivers now, which should be a significant downgrade. Slot receivers have been productive against Denver for 4 weeks in a row now and Landry should have little trouble keeping that streak going.
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