Week 4 optimal FanDuel lineup: Using PFF’s resources to create a lineup

Brandon Marianne Lee shows how to use the PFF resources at her disposal to create an optimized FanDuel Week 4 lineup.

| 4 weeks ago
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Week 4 optimal FanDuel lineup: Using PFF’s resources to create a lineup

Week 4 is the beginning of the bye weeks. You cannot play the Philadelphia Eagles or the Green Bay Packers because Carson Wentz has gone hunting. Seriously.

Also, this week the NFL scheduled a London game. Not only do we have to start football with coffee at 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday, but we also can’t use the Indianapolis Colts or Jacksonville Jaguars in a majority of our DFS contests.

Like I mentioned last week, there was a DFS rule change and now the main contests only run Sunday games. Therefore, you can’t play the Monday night players in the main games, so no New York Giants or Minnesota Vikings.

Six teams have been ruled out in one fell swoop. Not to mention, the Bengals and Dolphins played Thursday, so they’re out too. It’s time to use all of the tools at your disposal to create a winning FanDuel lineup.

WR/CB chart

I talk about the WR/CB chart every week. Sometimes I talk with colleagues or other people around the industry about how they use the tool. They use it for their articles, their appearances and certainly when they’re setting their own lineups. I also talk with Twitter followers who tell me they have a subscription to PFF because of the WR/CB chart. But you may not have heard of it, so I’m going to put this tool at the top of mind.

If you don’t know how to read the chart, there is a key right at the top of the tool that explains all of the information at your disposal:


When I get to this page, I sort by Advantage, right in the middle of the chart. The higher the number and more green the advantage cell, the better the matchup is for the wide receiver. You’ll also note the players in all caps. Those are the projected “shadow” situations.

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Brandon Marianne Lee is a PFF Fantasy contributor, a SiriusXM host, co-founder of Her Fantasy Football and was a finalist for FSWA's Newcomer of the Year in 2014.

  • LeBronc

    Just would like to add to her well written article.

    You can’t assume the wr/cb advantage is perfect and just put your mind into autopilot looking at the matchups. This week Antonio Brown looks like a lock on the chart with his bright green adv. score of 38.2 going against Gaines (who may not even play this week) But let’s take a closer look.

    Gaines will only matchup about half the time, since he is right CB 94% and Brown lines up on the left only 43%. Which brings us to the 44% on the right he’ll line up against left CB Peters which is no walk in the park. (DFS optimizer percentages are different?). Now if you look at NFL Player grades You’ll see that Brown doesn’t lineup on the right and Coates is in the slot (Really?). That just isn’t going to happen this week especially with Eli Rogers out.

    Brown absolutely needs a TD this week to justify his high price.
    The main point is to look at percentages on the WR/CB chart to clearly understand that week’s matchup better. imho

    • Johnny

      Another thing the chart doesn’t take into account are double coverages. Julio had a great matchup vs the saints but they gave him a ton of attention allowing the other guys to get free. Or the pass rush vs O-line(this is on PFF). Point is you have to use various charts here to paint a picture that may come true.

      Also the matchup chart on the dfs tool is just bad right now. Showing dbs who may not even play. It has its uses but its too flawed to be relied on solely.