IDP Man Coverage – Targets: Week 13

In IDP Man Coverage - Targets, IDP Editor Ross Miles takes an looks at the most targeted wide receivers and uses the exclusive PFF coverage data to identify the cornerback ...

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IDP Man Coverage – Targets: Week 13

Here at Pro Football Focus we chart every play of every NFL game, recording advanced statistics on exactly what a player does on every snap. Then as fantasy analysts we take that data and use it, along with our experience from years of playing fantasy football and watching games ourselves, to form the opinions that drive our advice and decisions. This series will take a deep look at how teams are using defensive backs against opposing offenses, and apply a fantasy spin to the cornerbacks.

As a cornerback it is not easy to accrue fantasy points for your owners. Generally speaking, the better you are at your job, the less opportunity you have to score points as your tight coverage on the receiver means the ball is not thrown in your direction. Of course, some wideouts will be targeted regardless due to their talent, and it is by identifying those players we can highlight the cornerbacks most likely to have play-making opportunites each week.

Below you can see a table which charts all wide receivers that have been targeted 80+ times so far this season. Then based on the available data, depth charts, schemes and injuries I have listed the cornerback that will face-off against them most often in this week’s slate of games. Sometimes this will be marginal as some teams keep their cornerbacks on one side of the field during a game so they only face the aforementioned player for 35-45% of snaps, other times a team will ask a player to man-up on a receiver (30+ snaps and 65%+ covering the same player). I have included the data collected on each cornerback’s coverage responsibility over the course of the season to suggest how likely they will be to shadow a player, as well as the number of interceptions thrown on passes to the named receiver, and also how productive a fantasy match-up the opposing team has been as a whole to the cornerback position.

NameTAINTOppCB30+/65%WR1WR2WR3CB Pts AgstCB Pts Rk
Reggie Wayne1339DETChris Houston145.6%18.1%18.6%23.85
Calvin Johnson1222INDCassius Vaughn033.1%29.8%20.3%29.81
Brandon Marshall1186SEABrandon Browner028.4%29.4%19.9%15.332
Wes Welker1101MIAJimmy Wilson322.6%15.6%26.5%24.13
Larry Fitzgerald1097NYJAntonio Cromartie449.0%20.7%10.2%17.829
A.J. Green1074SDQuentin Jammer038.5%28.3%12.4%21.615
Victor Cruz1056WASDeAngelo Hall143.2%13.7%20.2%20.520
Roddy White1044NO*Thursday*------
Andre Johnson1044TENJason McCourty135.1%20.5%20.1%24.42
Steve Johnson1015JAXAaron Ross122.0%32.7%14.6%2023
Marques Colston986ATL*Thursday*------
Dwayne Bowe985CARJosh Norman134.1%35.3%14.8%21.614
Dez Bryant962PHINnamdi Asomugha232.7%28.7%21.3%22.59
Julio Jones933NO*Thursday*------
Demaryius Thomas910TBE.J. Biggers211.9%43.2%19.8%16.430
Brandon Lloyd870MIASean Smith339.0%24.4%8.1%24.13
Vincent Jackson872DENChamp Bailey975.1%10.7%6.1%22.110
Eric Decker843TBLeonard Johnson040.6%25.6%17.8%16.430
Brian Hartline843NEAqib Talib248.1%15.9%15.2%21.516
Davone Bess843NEAlfonzo Dennard015.4%32.9%16.3%21.516
Steve L. Smith842KCBrandon Flowers141.6%25.9%16.1%19.426
Mike Wallace833BLTCary Williams038.9%23.8%12.7%19.725
Miles Austin823PHIDominique Rodgers-Cromartie236.8%26.5%23.3%22.59
Andre Roberts810NYJKyle Wilson014.1%25.6%17.8%17.829
Percy Harvin812GB*injured*------
Anquan Boldin802PITKeenan Lewis217.0%35.2%10.0%20.421
Lance Moore801ATL*Thursday*------
Donnie Avery803DETDrayton Florence016.4%36.2%16.9%23.85

To read the companion Man Coverage article, looking at the which receivers will have good or poor match-ups based on who will be covering them this week, go here.


Ross Miles is the IDP Editor and a Senior Fantasy Writer for Pro Football Focus Fantasy, as well as 2011’s most accurate IDP expert according to FantasyPros. Follow him on Twitter –@PFF_RossMiles

For an in depth look at the IDP landscape, snap counts and weekly match-ups from IDP Editors Jeff Ratcliffe and Ross Miles, check out our free-to-watch weekly show, The Nickel

Ross Miles is a lead fantasy writer on PFF Fantasy. He contributes IDP content to the site. He was the 2011 winner of the FantasyPros IDP Expert Rankings contest for both weekly in-season rankings and also for pre-season rankings and finished second in IDP rankings in 2012 and 2015. Ross is also a member of the FSWA.

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