NFL DFS WR vs. CB Matchups to Monitor for Week 7 (Fantasy Football)

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Integrating specific WR/CB matchups into your DFS process adds another layer of analysis into the mix. 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 several 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 Roster Percentage Report to discern which WR would be best in cash and tournament lineup builds.

Alpha WRs

The Week 7 main slate is short on alphas. The top four fantasy wideouts on the season, Cooper Kupp, Stefon Diggs, Justin Jefferson, and Tyreek Hill, are all missing due to the bye week or a primetime game. The slate is also missing top ten wideouts Marquise Brown, Jaylen Waddle, and A.J. Brown. That’s seven of the top ten fantasy wideouts on the season. Thankfully, the three that are available have some juicy matchups. Let’s check them out.

Ja’Marr Chase

I was worried about Chase last week, but those worries diminished once we got word that lockdown corner Marshon Lattimore was ruled out. There are no such worries this week, as Chase takes on an Atlanta secondary that is far from intimidating. The Falcons are giving up the sixth-most schedule-adjusted fantasy points to wide receivers, in large part due to their once-reliable corners underperforming. A.J. Terrell has given up a league-high seven receiving touchdowns on the season, and is allowing a QB rating of 130.2 when targeted. Casey Hayward has been slightly better on the other side but still ranks outside the top 40 cornerbacks in PFF’s coverage grades. They’re two of just 13 corners credited with at least four missed tackles this season. Worth noting, Hayward was just placed on IR this week, so ATL will be trotting out a backup corner in Week 7. Free safety Jaylinn Hawkins is also credited with four missed tackles, the seventh-most among safeties. As we’ve seen so many times, including last week, Chase can be awfully tough to bring down when he gets the ball in his hands.

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