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.
WR Odell Beckham Jr, CLE vs TEN – The Titans boast one of the league’s more underrated cover men, Logan Ryan, in the slot. But their outside guys are shaky, and they’ll contend with world-class deep threat Beckham in Week 1. Beckham is gifted enough to beat any NFL cornerback, of course, but a date with Malcolm Butler and Adoree' Jackson surely has his mouth watering.
WR Amari Cooper, DAL vs NYG – Cooper will see a good bit of shadow coverage from Janoris Jenkins, but that simply doesn't mean what it used to mean. Last season, No. 1 wideouts from Mike Evans to Alshon Jeffery to Josh Doctson put up big lines in Jenkins’ jurisdiction. When these two faced off in Week 17 of last year, Cooper only managed 31 yards, but routinely got behind Jenkins down the field. If he and Prescott are on the same page this Sunday, it will be another long one for the Giants secondary.