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 DeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs PHI (Rasul Douglas)
You certainly don’t need a great matchup to start Hopkins in any given week, especially coming off a week that saw him post 10/170/2 against the Jets. He should certainly get a boost from this matchup though as the Eagles secondary has been ravaged by injuries. This same group just gave up a 10/217/3 game to Amari Cooper two weeks ago. While they weren’t hurt too badly by the Rams last week, this defense has been especially weak against perimeter receivers all year long and Hopkins should be able to take full advantage.
WR Davante Adams, GB vs NYJ (Morris Claiborne)
While the Packers season hasn’t gone as expected, Adams certainly isn’t at fault as he comes into this week with an average of nearly 100 yards and a touchdown per game. He is always a strong option but now he takes on a Jets defense that has been among the weakest in the league against receivers of late. They seem particularly susceptible to giving up big plays now that they are missing free safety Marcus Maye on the back end, and they are among the weakest teams in the league at generating pressure on the quarterback. Claiborne has played well at times but probably isn’t good enough to stop Adams when Rodgers has time in the pocket.
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