NFL DFS WR vs. CB Matchups to Monitor for Week 9 (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.
The Bears’ secondary looks good on paper, but they haven’t faced an alpha like Hill yet. Well, except for that time that they gave up 154 receiving yards to Justin Jefferson in Week 5. Another reason Chicago looks like a tough matchup is that they haven’t been tested often. Wide receivers have been targeted at the second-lowest rate in the league against the Bears at just 15.3 targets/game. Hill is averaging 11.5 targets/game himself, and there’s no reason to believe that will slow down this week, especially considering he’s on pace to become the first receiver ever to top 2,000 yards in a season.
Hill lines up all over the formation and will get chances to matchup up with Jaylon Johnson, Kindle Vidor, and Kyler Gordon, none of whom have earned a PFF coverage grade north of 68.5. He’s averaging an absurd league-leading 4.09 yards/route run against zone coverage, which is what the Chicago corners run at least 60% of the time. Johnson is the mark here, as he’s allowing 18.6 yards/rec in zone coverage. When Hill enters the slot, as he does 38% of the time, he should run circles around rookie Kyler Gordon, who’s frequently mentioned in the article as a slot corner to target. More on him later.