NFL DFS WR vs. CB Matchups to Monitor for Week 1 (Fantasy Football)
Integrating specific WR/CB matchups into your DFS process is another layer of analysis. While this is only a piece of the puzzle, this tool allows you to better value ceiling-type plays for elite WRs who can run circles around their opponent.
I break up this WR/CB article into a couple of categories: Alpha WRs, Slot Mavens, Discount Target Specials, and Full-On Fades. 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.
I’m quite bullish on A.J. Brown this week for a number of reasons. As Andy shared on his Starts of the Week, he slays in-doors in his career: averaging 7.5 targets, 97 receiving yards, & 0.88 TDs per game. That’s over 18 yards per reception! But it’s his utilization this week that I want to pay attention to the most. 39 percent of his targets last year came in the slot. Much like how the Falcons would move Julio Jones or the Packers with Davante Adams into the slot, getting your best player into that position is always advantageous for matchup purposes. He’ll see a combination of Jeffrey Okudah or Mike Hughes when he moves into the slot. Okudah allowed 0.64 fantasy points per route covered and 3.31 yards per route covered last year according to PFF. To put those numbers into context, those are the highest rates on any CB on this slate. THE HIGHEST. Brown should roll with Nick Sirianni gladly showing off the WR he traded his first-round pick for.