Week 3 Wide Receiver Matchup Chart
Today, I’m going to share more of that data.
Down below is a chart that matches up wide receivers with cornerbacks. Quite often, we see many casual football fans simply assume that elite cornerbacks follow the opposing team’s No. 1 wide receiver around the field. That almost never actually happens. The below chart will help you determine which cornerbacks your top receivers will see in coverage each week. As you’ll see, it’s not always cut and dry, but we hope this information will allow you to make the best lineup decisions each week.
Understanding the chart:
The chart is split into three “zones”. The first is Left Wide Receiver (LWR) vs. Right Cornerback (RCB). The second is the exact opposite. The third matches up primary slot recievers with primary slot defenders. The percentage shown is how often the player has lined up in that position so far this season. In some cases, the number is very high and telling. In others, it’s low and predictable. Other times it’s low because of injury/depth chart movement. For example, Harry Douglas moved all over the field in Week 3 against Tampa Bay, but he ran most of his routes at RWR, which is injured Roddy White’s primary position. Douglas, in turn, only shows up at 12% at RWR. When White returns (likely next week), Douglas will be in the slot and the percentage will be much higher.
Next to each defender, you’ll see two additional columns. One is ‘T/G’, which refers to targets faced-per-game.
The other is ‘Gr’, which identifies, on a 0-to-100 scale, how each defender has fared in terms of fantasy points (ppr) per target so far this season. Most don’t know what qualifies as a good or bad ‘FPts/Targ’, which is why it’s on a scale. 100 is bad and means its a great (A+) matchup for the receiver. Zero is good and is thus bad news (F) for the receiver. 50 is, of course, an average matchup. Only defenders who have seen five-plus targets this season are graded.
Most of us fantasy-football gamers are well aware of which wide receivers are elite, but we aren’t quite as familiar with many cornerbacks. These columns help solve that issue.