The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 9 based on corners

Opposing corners can make or break a wide receiver's fantasy week. Jeff Ratcliffe has some ideas on the week's big situations.

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The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 9 based on corners


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 9 matchup upgrades

Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Philadelphia – The Giants return from bye to a divisional contest against Philadelphia. The Eagles have some strong pieces on the defensive side of the ball, but their cornerback play has been subpar. Beckham figures to square off a lot against Nolan Carroll, who has the sixth-lowest coverage grade among this week’s projected starters. Last week, Carroll surrendered a touchdown to Dez Bryant, so a big day could be in store for Beckham.

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Julio Jones vs. Tampa Bay – He’s an every-week fantasy starter regardless of matchup, but Jones is coming off a disappointing Week 8 performance. The good news is that he’s off the injury report and set up for a big game in a strong matchup against rookie Vernon Hargreaves. The Bucs don’t shadow, so Jones will only see Hargreaves on the left where he’s run 42 percent of his route this season. Hargreaves has the look of a future star, but he’s being attacked in his first pro season with a target on 21 percent of his routes covered. Jones gets back on track this week.

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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.

  • Jared Mannen

    Why do you expect Revis to shadow Landry when Revis covers the slot 11% and Landry is in the slot 76% of the time?

    • Joe

      Excellent question. I was wondering the same thing

    • Mark Erickson

      Agreed, also one could expect Bowles might respond to Revis’ declining play, i.e. reducing snaps where he shadows the #1 or having him cover the #2 and put Williams and a safety on Landry. Might be too bold of a prediction, but in any case Revis isn’t going to be the one to stop me from starting Landry.

    • Matt

      Revis usually just shadows the opponents best receiver regardless if they play slot or on the outside. Week 6 Revis shadowed Larry Fitzgerald on 28 of his 38 routes in the slot.

  • BlueNSilver

    Having anyone facing the Lions as a “downgrade” is ridiculously hilarious. PFF is complete joke.

    • Mark Erickson

      You apparently didn’t read the part where the downgrade hinges on Darius Slay finally returning. And any WR dealing with Sam Bradford throwing to them behind that o-line should be downgraded every week till further notice…

      • BlueNSilver

        You apparently don’t watch Lions games, it doesn’t matter if Slay plays or not their secondary is atrocious. How well have they played with Slay in the lineup? Not well at all, watch some games first

        • Matt

          All their wins have been when hes been on the field so wtf are you talking about? Apparently YOU don’t watch the games either…
          Lions rank 14th in the NFL for Passing Yards allowed per game which is as average as it gets so to say that they’re atrocious is a REACH.

          • BlueNSilver

            Check your stats clown. Lions are ranked 19th in yards per game with 259yds, and have given up 19Tds which is tied for 2nd to last with Cleveland, only Atlanta has given up more. Thanks come again and have a nice day. Oh and Slay has missed all of one game so how exactly have they won all the games he’s been on the field? 4-3 with him playing, learn math while you’re at it.

  • BlueNSilver

    Downgrade Evans as well vs Trufant LMAO.

    • Toloa

      Evans torched that that backfield, Trufant included. Ouch.