When researching for an edge in DFS, there are so many rabbit trails one could go down searching for the lost statistic that will solve all problems. WR/CB matchups are a great place to start when simply analyzing the slate. The information that is most pertinent is not just raw fantasy points allowed but also what does the cornerback allow per route and per target. PFF provides great data highlighting mismatches based on coverage grades as well as efficiency metrics.
I’ve broken up this week’s article into three categories: Alpha WRs, Slot Mavens, and Discount Target Specials. The goal is to go from the top-tier stars to move down to bargain WRs with excellent matchups. As always, make sure you use the tools found in the DFS Pass such as the Value Comparison and Buzz Report to discern which WR would be best in cash and tournament lineup builds.
Hopefully, by now you understand how dominant Michael Thomas is for fantasy and in real-life. He’s the only WR to finish inside top-24 every single week and leads the league in target share (32.5%), receptions, and receiving yards. Falcons CB Isaiah Oliver has been routinely beat all season-long as the weakest cog amongst a secondary allowing the 29th most fantasy points to opposing WRs. Oliver has allowed the 4th most fantasy points per route run (0.52) according to PFF and the most yards after catch in the league.