WR/CB Matchups to Exploit: Week 14

Breaks down some of the best and worst WR/TE matchups from a defensive perspective.

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.

Favorable Matchup:

WR Michael Thomas (NO vs PHI) vs Darius Slay

We gave Slay the benefit of the doubt in his last 2 matchups against DK Metcalf and Davante Adams. Unfortunately for Slay, both players combined for 20 catches, nearly 300 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Slay has had success against Thomas in the past, but this year is different. He is being asked to cover 1 on 1 with no safety help over the top and it has not gone well. Thomas may have Taysom Hill throwing him the ball, but he could still be in for a big game. Slay also left last week with an injury and if he were to miss any time this week it would be an even better matchup for Thomas against Philadelphia’s backup corners. It should be all systems go for Thomas this week with results looking a lot like last season.

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