Wide Receiver Matchup Chart – Divisional Playoffs

Before setting your lineup for the divisional round of the playoffs, be sure to find out who each of your wideouts will see in coverage.

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Wide Receiver Matchup Chart – Divisional Playoffs


JimmySmithDown 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 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.

Next to each defender, you’ll see three additional columns.

One is ‘T/G’, which refers to targets faced-per-game.

The second is ‘Cov’, which refers to the coverage grade given to each defender by our fine analysts at PFF.  Most don’t know what qualifies as a good or bad coverage grade, which is why it’s on a 0-to-100 scale. 100 is bad and means its a great (A+) matchup for the receiver. Zero means good coverage and is thus bad news (F) for the receiver. 50 is, of course, an average matchup.

The third column is ‘FP’, which identifies how each defender has fared in terms of fantasy points (ppr) per target so far this season.Only defenders who have seen 20-plus targets this season are graded. This is also on a 1-to-100 scale.

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.

Note: I wrote up notes for all fantasy relevant wide receivers in my Divisional fantasy football rankings column. Included is each receiver’s primary cover corner(s) and an explanation. View it here.

OFF DEF Left WR % Right CB % T/G Cov FP
BLT NE Torrey Smith 48% Brandon Browner 57% 6.0 68 46
NE BLT Brandon LaFell 52% Rashaan Melvin 95% 5.5 59 1
CAR SEA Kelvin Benjamin 59% Byron Maxwell 80% 5.5 59 38
SEA CAR Paul Richardson 51% Josh Norman 45% 4.4 50 8
DAL GB Dez Bryant 46% Sam Shields 82% 5.8 65 50
GB DAL Davante Adams 51% Sterling Moore 64% 4.2 48 32
DEN IND Emmanuel Sanders 31% Vontae Davis 96% 4.8 14 3
IND DEN Donte Moncrief 34% Bradley Roby 45% 5.8 60 55
OFF DEF Right WR % Left CB % T/G Cov FP
BLT NE Steve L. Smith 47% Darrelle Revis 51% 4.9 27 29
NE BLT Julian Edelman 41% Lardarius Webb 78% 6.1 77 54
CAR SEA Philly Brown 59% Richard Sherman 91% 4.1 36 19
SEA CAR Jermaine Kearse 32% Bené Benwikere 22% 5.0 43 21
DAL GB Terrance Williams 51% Tramon Williams 77% 6.1 55 62
GB DAL Jordy Nelson 46% Brandon Carr 84% 5.5 82 69
DEN IND Demaryius Thomas 40% Greg Toler 85% 6.6 91 57
IND DEN T.Y. Hilton 38% Aqib Talib 86% 6.3 55 33
OFF DEF Slot WR % Slot CB % T/G Cov FP
BLT NE Marlon Brown 71% Logan Ryan 33% 3.8 68 44
NE BLT Danny Amendola 80% Anthony Levine 42% 3.6 71 60
CAR SEA Jerricho Cotchery 71% Jeremy Lane 92% 4.2 56 15
SEA CAR Doug Baldwin 58% Colin Jones 100% 2.8 77 54
DAL GB Cole Beasley 91% Micah Hyde 94% 3.8 63 41
GB DAL Randall Cobb 90% Orlando Scandrick 65% 5.3 39 37
DEN IND Wes Welker 89% Darius Butler 89% 3.8 69 48
IND DEN Reggie Wayne 62% Chris Harris Jr. 40% 5.6 0 0

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