Week 3 Wide Receiver Matchup Chart

Mike Clay introduces the wide receiver vs. cornerback chart. Before setting your lineup, be sure to find out who each of your wideouts will see in coverage.

| 3 years ago

Week 3 Wide Receiver Matchup Chart

sherman-thomas-matchupAt Pro Football Focus, we have player data you simply can’t find anywhere else.

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.

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  • Adam Weiss

    I think there’s a mistake in the links. CB grades shown in the chart appear to be for Run Defense, as opposed to pass coverage.

  • PaulyG4

    What happened to the “Matchup Machine” articles from last year? They would highlight the best and worst matchups for QBs, RBs, and WRs. Those were really helpful.

    • Coose

      I agree. I loved that column and really looked forward to it each week. It was really helpful on more than one occasion when making a tough decision about a start. I would love to see it return.

      • PaulyG4

        Same with me. I won a couple of games because of it.

  • filthymcnasty

    I LOVE THIS!!!

  • Troels Christensen

    GR equals?