The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 8 based on CBs

The opposing CB has a big influence on the kind of fantasy day a receiver can have. Jeff Ratcliffe highlights some situations.

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The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 8 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 8 matchup upgrades

Larry Fitzgerald vs. Carolina – We seemingly mention Fitzgerald as an upgrade every week. As the slot receiver, he often has an advantage over the opposing nickel corner, and that’s certainly true this week. Robert McClain was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, and will return to the field for this contest. He’s yielding a catch on 76.9 percent of his targets this season, so Fitzgerald should have no problem getting his hands on the football. With six teams on bye, Fitzgerald is worth WR1 consideration.


Terrelle Pryor vs. NY Jets – It pains me every time I mention Darrelle Revis as a plus matchup for opposing receivers, but this is the new normal. Revis performed well against Breshad Perriman last week, but he’s shown for much of the season that he struggles against speed. That’s Pryor’s game, though it should be mentioned that he’s still dealing with a hamstring injury. Keep an eye on his status as the week progresses.

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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is 2016's second-most-accurate ranker 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.

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