NFL DFS WR vs. CB Matchups to Monitor for Week 8 (Fantasy Football)
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.
Before I dive into my favorite alphas this week, let me take a moment to address elite wide receivers matching up against elite wide corners. This week we have Justin Jefferson against Byron Murphy and Tyreek Hill against Jeff Okudah. Corners rarely shadow wideouts in today’s NFL, and top-tier wideouts like Jefferson and Hill move all over the offensive formations. According to Player Profiler, Murphy shadows wideouts only 46.1% of the time, and Okudah does so 58% of the time. Hill and Jefferson should be just fine and can be sprinkled into lineups if you’re making multiple entries, but this article is about finding matchups to exploit. Let’s dive in.
The ultimate alpha is back on the main slate. Kupp is leading the NFL with a ridiculous 12 targets/game and there’s no reason to believe that will slow down this week. As Borg pointed out in his First Look article, Kupp has roasted the 49ers recently, averaging 13 targets, 10.7 catches, and 120.7 receiving yards/game over the last three contests against San Francisco. Jimmie Ward returned from injury to man the slot for the Niners last week. He was promptly torched for six receptions and two touchdowns from the slot, where Kupp lines up 52% of the time, by Mecole Hardman and Justin Watson. It’s shaping up to be another big game from Kupp, who can be had at a relative value on FanDuel with his $9,300 salary, checking in cheaper than the $9,600 he’ll cost you on DraftKings.