Donte Moncrief is primed for a true breakout in Week 7
Welcome to the Matchups Machine, which narrows down ideal matchups from around the league on a weekly basis using the tools we have available at PFF, the Las Vegas odds, and insight from yours truly.
PFF has all the tools to break down each individual matchup. Do you want to know how your wide receiver is going to do? Well, if he lines up as a split end on 90 percent of his snaps, we can pinpoint which cornerback he will be matching up with for those snaps. We can also tell you how that cornerback has performed.
Of course, as was the case in the past, this column will become more accurate as the season goes on and we compile more grades for the players and get a feel for the tendencies and overall strengths/weaknesses of the 32 teams.
The goal of this column is to help you with those tricky decisions in year-long leagues, but also to help you narrow down your best options in daily fantasy leagues. You will see a mix of big-name players and fringe starters. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Carson Palmer vs. Ravens
After hitting with 20-plus point weeks from quarterbacks the first five Matchups Machines, it all came to an end in Week 6 thanks to Sam Bradford’s atrocious individual play. Fear not — the Week 7 slate is juicy — I picked Palmer based on the matchup and the fact that it is a more contrarian play than some of the obvious choices (Philip Rivers vs. OAK, Andrew Luck vs. NO).
The only way to stop Palmer and the Cardinals offense from scoring is to generate constant pressure, and this is not something that the 2015 version of the Ravens can do. With injuries in the secondary, this is no longer a defense that can hold up in pass coverage either. On just 16 completions, Colin Kaepernick threw for 340 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens in Week 6. Palmer has a chance to top those numbers in an offense that attacks the intermediate and deep levels of the field early and often, sometimes not even bothering to run the football.
Dan Schneier is a staff writer at PFF Fantasy and he covers the NFC East beat for FOX Sports. You can find him on Twitter @DanSchneierNFL. You can also add him to your network on Google+ to find all of his past material.