The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 6 based on CBs

Jeff Ratcliffe highlights the best and worst situations for fantasy receivers this week based on their CB matchups.

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The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 6 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 this season, the Shadow Coverage Matrix, which breaks down every shadow coverage situation for every team throughout the season. Also, if you’re curious how tight ends perform on a per route basis, check out our tight end route data chart.

Week 6 matchup upgrades

Kelvin Benjamin vs. New Orleans – Benjamin not only gets an upgrade at the quarterback position with Cam Newton expected to be back under center, but he also gets a strong matchup against the Saints. New Orleans has used shadow coverage in three of four games this season, and could potentially have either Ken Crawley or Sterling Moore on Benjamin. Both corners have been targeted on over 22 percent of their routes covered and yielded at least 0.40 fantasy points per route. Expect a big day for Benjamin.

Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders vs. San Diego — Look for the Broncos to pepper whoever is in Steve Williams’ coverage with targets. With Brandon Flowers out again, Williams will get the start. He’s been targeted on a whopping 30 percent of his routes covered this season. The Chargers won’t shadow this week, so both Thomas and Sanders will see time against Williams. Both players will benefit from the matchup and should be considered WR2s with WR1 upside.

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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.

  • Peter

    The Chris Conley recommendation is borderline deplorable. Even if you are correct re: breakout week, he isn’t “really starting to come on”.

    Not to be a D, but gimmie a break here people. I’m trying to win my fantasy league, not mimic a French Clown.

    • MrEJplays

      Thats why its up to you to interpret the information correctly. If youre in a 12 team season long or less you probably have better choices than Conley. If youre in a deep league maybe you take a shot. But i think the recommendation is a good one for daily fantasy specifically GPP tournaments. #my2cents

    • geo2209

      I’m also a bit skeptical about conley since he’s had one high target game so far in the last (caught 6 of 7 targets) and JC is coming back to poach Alex Smith’ passes since Alex loves to dump off to him. However, I like the prediction and he’s going out on a limb. Intriguing PPR flex play in my book.

    • Tim Darragh

      The Conley recommendation also doesn’t jibe with the WR/CB chart on this very site, which has Conley as a -8.5.