The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 1 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.
Week 1 matchup upgrades
Doug Baldwin vs. Green Bay – Opposing wide receivers beat up on the Packers secondary last season, and they really did little to improve over the offseason. Baldwin is an every-week fantasy starter, but he’s especially appealing this week with primary coverage likely to come from Quinten Rollins. Last season, Rollins allowed 71.6 percent of his targets to be caught and yielded seven touchdowns. Only two corners allowed more scores. Those looking for upside in DFS tournaments may also want to give Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett a look.
Julio Jones vs. Chicago – You’re starting Jones if you have him regardless of matchup, but he has the potential to get out of the gate hot in Week 1 with projected primary coverage coming from Prince Amukamara. It isn’t a complete pushover of a matchup, but Amukamara was just average in coverage last year, allowing 64.1 percent of his targets to be caught. Taylor Gabriel is a sneaky DFS punt play as well.