WR/CB Matchups to Exploit: Week 8

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 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs SEA (Quinton Dunbar)

The Seattle secondary has allowed the most targets, receptions, yards, fantasy points, and 4th most touchdowns of any defense so far this season. They have also allowed the most points to perimeter receivers this season and Aiyuk has lined up there 81% of the time this season. Deebo Samuel would be the better play if he were not injured and ruled out this week, but Aiyuk is very capable and should see a ton of targets this week. Continue to pick on the Seattle secondary until they prove they can stop someone.

WR Robby Anderson, CAR vs ATL (A.J. Terrell)

Atlanta continues to implode late in games and find the most creative ways to lose. Terrell has looked better in coverage as of late, but this is a matchup to take advantage of. Anderson had 8 receptions on 12 targets for 112 yards when they met back in week 5. Kendall Sheffield shadowed Anderson in the first half of that game and they quickly abandoned that plan and mixed in coverage by Terrell. Much like the Seattle secondary, you should continue to pick on Atlanta until they prove they can stop someone.

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