The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 17 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 17 matchup upgrades
Golden Tate vs. Green Bay – It’s a must-win situation for the Lions, so expect Matthew Stafford to get Tate involved early and often. He’ll see most of his coverage from Demarious Randall, who was partly at fault for Adam Thielen’s big day last week. Randall currently allows 0.47 fantasy points per route, which is among the league’s highest marks. He also allowed 85 yards and a score when these teams last faced back in Week 3.
Adam Thielen vs. Chicago – Last week’s top fantasy receiver is a good bet to keep things going. He’s going to draw most of his coverage from Johnthan Banks. He’s only played 90 snaps this season, but Banks allowed a whopping 85.7 percent of his targets to be caught last season. Thielen should have no problem getting the better of this matchup.