The best and worst WR fantasy situations in Week 2 based on CB matchups

Jeff Ratcliffe runs through the most notable WR/CB matchups of the week for fantasy -- both positive and negative.

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The best and worst WR fantasy situations in Week 2 based on CB matchups

Matchups are everything in football, especially at the wide receiver position. Take last week for example. The Saints receivers took advantage of a strong matchup against a struggling Raiders secondary, and went off. Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks combined for 315 yards and three scores on the day.

While Week 1 can be tough to predict, we did get valuable information on how teams will be deploying their receivers and their cornerbacks this season. You can find all of this information organized in the WR/CB Matchup Chart. Last week, we included 2015 data, but the chart will only contain 2016 data going forward. If you’re interested in doing historic coverage research, we have you covered in the 2015 Coverage Data Chart.

Week 2 matchup upgrades

Odell Beckham Jr. vs. New Orleans: The matchups don’t get much better than this one. Beckham goes up against a Saints secondary that just lost its best corner, Delvin Breaux, to a broken leg. That leaves the combination of Ken Crawley, DeVante Harris and P.J. Williams to cover the Giants receivers. So two rookies (Crawley and Harris) and a second-year man (Williams) will have to face one of the league’s most dynamic playmakers and a potent Giants offense. Crawley especially struggled in relief of Breaux last week, yielding six catches on seven targets for 64 yards and a score. Look for the Eli Manning to go after this secondary early and often. In a potentially high-scoring game, Beckham is arguably this week’s top wide receiver play.

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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is one of the most accurate rankers in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

  • BlueNSilver

    In regards to Evans, this was the same scenario with him vs Trufant (although Peterson is much better than Trufant) but we heard how good Trufant was last season and he would limit Evans, but Evans scored on a 45yd pass play when matched up with Alford. Is Peterson going to follow Evans everywhere? Not to mention I have seen Peterson get beat plenty of times to have confidence in Evans having another solid game.

  • FM29

    Thoughts on Enuwa? If the 2 Bills CB’s are on Decker and Marshall all night does this make Enuwa a flex candidate in PPR leagues due to another potentially high volume game?

  • Long Live Tecmo

    Allen Robinson does have the height and leaping advantage on Verrett and Arob had high target share. What wr of green bay would face Xavier Rhodes backup if he misses the game? I dont think it would be randall cobb cuz he plays in slot in 11 and rb in the gun sometimes. I know that would be nice matchup for nelson or adams.

    • Nelson Cobb

      I miss me some Tecmo Super Bowl!! Bo Jackson was a beast. You could literally run circles around the defense, it was just ridiculous. One of the best sports games all time!!

  • Joe Lee

    BEWARE: weather in nyc metro area will affect giants saints