The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 5 based on CBs

It's been rough for Odell Beckham Jr. so far, but Jeff Ratcliffe likes his Week 5 matchup. That and more notable WR/CB situations.

| 2 months ago
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The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 5 based on CBs


Remember when fantasy matchup analysis used to be “Team A gives up the most fantasy points to wide receivers”? Well, we’ve moved from analog to digital and now look at matchups on an individual level. Each week, I dig through the actually coverage tendencies for all 32 NFL teams and compile this information in the WR/CB Matchup Chart, which is released on Thursday mornings.

Remember, the chart only contains data from the present season. For those who would like to do historic research on coverage responsibilities, I suggest checking out the 2015 Coverage Data Chart. We also released a new feature last week, the Shadow Coverage Matrix, which breaks down every shadow coverage situation for every team throughout the season.

Week 5 matchup upgrades

Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Green Bay – You’re starting him no matter what, but I felt the need to put Beckham atop the list given his many panicking fantasy owners. Beckham gets a beaucoup matchup this week against a Packers team that has already surrendered huge fantasy days to Marvin Jones and Stefon Diggs. Beckham will see Sam Shields and Damarious Randall on the outside (and Shields only if he’s cleared from his concussion). Randall has been especially ineffective this season, yielding an average of 21.8 yards per reception to opposing wide receivers.

Terrelle Pryor vs. New England – He’s still the only show in town for the Browns and will continue to be heavily targeted. The Patriots tend to use Logan Ryan to shadow opposing team’s No. 1 receivers with safety help on the back side. Malcolm Butler is isolated on the No. 2, which will be Andrew Hawkins this week. Pryor should have no problem with Ryan, who has seen targets on 25 percent of his routes. He also yields 0.42 fantasy points per route, which is tied for 10th among this week’s projected starting corners.

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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.

  • Kevin Joseph

    Don’t you mean Steve Smith and Mike Wallace vs. WASHINGTON, not Steve Smith and Mike Wallace vs. Baltimore?

  • Robert McGinley Jr

    It looks like DeSean Jackson is lining up against Jimmy Smith in the base and 3Wr sets and Garcon is matching up against Wright. Is this correct?