The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 6 based on CBs
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 6 matchup upgrades
Kelvin Benjamin vs. New Orleans – Benjamin not only gets an upgrade at the quarterback position with Cam Newton expected to be back under center, but he also gets a strong matchup against the Saints. New Orleans has used shadow coverage in three of four games this season, and could potentially have either Ken Crawley or Sterling Moore on Benjamin. Both corners have been targeted on over 22 percent of their routes covered and yielded at least 0.40 fantasy points per route. Expect a big day for Benjamin.
Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders vs. San Diego — Look for the Broncos to pepper whoever is in Steve Williams’ coverage with targets. With Brandon Flowers out again, Williams will get the start. He’s been targeted on a whopping 30 percent of his routes covered this season. The Chargers won’t shadow this week, so both Thomas and Sanders will see time against Williams. Both players will benefit from the matchup and should be considered WR2s with WR1 upside.