WR vs. CB Matchups to Monitor for Week 17 (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

Justin Jefferson

Jefferson is as elite as it gets at the position. He’s on pace for nearly 2,000 receiving yards and is commanding a 30.3% target share. You can’t fade a player with those numbers, no matter the matchup, but let’s take a look anyway.

The Packers have been a tough matchup for wide receivers overall, ranking 28th in fantasy points above expectation (PAE) allowed to the position. Jaire Alexender is one of the best corners in the league, allowing a QB rating of just 65.2 when targeted, the fifth-lowest rating among corners this season. He only shadows about 45% of the time, however, so we shouldn’t expect him to lock onto Jefferson. When these teams met in Week 1, Jefferson went off for 184 yards and two touchdowns. There are no real matchup concerns to speak of here.

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