The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 9 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 9 matchup upgrades
Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Philadelphia – The Giants return from bye to a divisional contest against Philadelphia. The Eagles have some strong pieces on the defensive side of the ball, but their cornerback play has been subpar. Beckham figures to square off a lot against Nolan Carroll, who has the sixth-lowest coverage grade among this week’s projected starters. Last week, Carroll surrendered a touchdown to Dez Bryant, so a big day could be in store for Beckham.
Julio Jones vs. Tampa Bay – He’s an every-week fantasy starter regardless of matchup, but Jones is coming off a disappointing Week 8 performance. The good news is that he’s off the injury report and set up for a big game in a strong matchup against rookie Vernon Hargreaves. The Bucs don’t shadow, so Jones will only see Hargreaves on the left where he’s run 42 percent of his route this season. Hargreaves has the look of a future star, but he’s being attacked in his first pro season with a target on 21 percent of his routes covered. Jones gets back on track this week.