Week 4 WR vs CB Matchup Analysis
The Week 4 WR vs CB matchup analysis is back again to help you with your wide receiver decisions of the week. I hope this is helpful when making those tough decisions! Again, here are the 3 categories for the highlighted matchups:
- Must starts: top players with an exploitable matchup.
- High Upside: average players with an exploitable matchup
- Bad matchups: players who have poor matchups
Fun fact: According to PFF, only 6 corners are listed as “shadow corners” in the NFL, and a few may surprise you. Follow me on Twitter (@leagueedge) and I’ll reveal those who aren’t in this article throughout the weekend!
The Dolphins offense was a trainwreck last week against the Jets. Jay Ajayi isn’t fully healthy and couldn’t get anything going against an underrated front-7. However, Landry still paced the team with 11 targets. This week his matchup against P.J. Williams and the Saints lackluster secondary is still too juicy to pass up. Expect a bounce-back game from the offense as a whole.
Every year we underrate Fitzgerald then he has a game like he had on Monday night. Despite the loss, the future HOFer made a mockery of the Cowboys secondary to the tune of 13 catches for 149 yards and a score. This week he gets San Fransisco’s secondary (article favorite K’Waun Williams to be specific) that just got lit on fire by Jared Goff. Plug and play.
Yes, Willie Snead is back from suspension this week, but Thomas has the much better matchup vs. Xavien Howard who has struggled through 2 games. Thomas has a weekly WR2 floor every week regardless of matchup, but his ceiling is high this week.
I’m at the point where Hill is a must-start every week. The dude can’t be covered 1-on-1 simply because he is always the fastest player on the field. Breeland and Norman are on the slower side as corners come, and that is bad news for them. The Chiefs will find a way to get Tyreek in space, and he will score a touchdown. Until someone finds a way to stop that, you start Hill.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Crowder has struggled to get involved in the Redskins offense in the early part of this season. However, he has increased his catch total each week of the season while averaging 6 targets per game. In week 4, the Irish whiskey gets much-maligned slot corner, Phillip Gaines. The offense can’t rely on Chris Thompson forever. Crowder’s usage will have to increase eventually.
Sterling Shepard/Brandon Marshall
Despite the loss, the Giants finally got the air assault going and all 3 of their top targets were heavily involved. Tampa Bay just got torched by Minnesota and Case Keenum. The Giants receivers are at least as talented. Both are WR3s with upside in week 4.
Danny Amendola/Brandin Cooks
I hate owning Patriots receivers because you never know which one is going to have the big game. Carolina’s secondary has looked Ok on the surface, but when faced with legit receivers for the first time last week against the Saints, they faltered. Expect more of the same this week. Amendola has the best matchup between him and Cooks/Hogan, but Cooks has the talent to beat anyone on any play. Don’t fade Hogan though, I keep thinking his production will fall off, but Brady keeps looking for him.
Another week, another example of why nobody should trust Green Bay’s secondary. Kendall Wright and Deonte Thompson are decent flex options this week while Markus Wheaton continues to get up to speed. Bears alive in week 4 WR vs CB matchup analysis!
DJax caught his first TD as a Buccaneer last week. Eli Apple is on the slate this week, and you know what they say? An Apple a day…just kidding…but Apple has struggled in 2017 and Winston can find DeSean to take advantage.
Sanders has looked fantastic in 2017. While Demaryius Thomas will likely be matched up with Gareon Conley (who looked pretty solid in coverage last week), Sanders should see a lot of David Amerson and that’s a plus matchup. He’s a high-ceiling WR2 again in the week 4 WR vs CB matchup analysis.
The Broncos top secondary makes it tough to trust Cooper or Crabtree this week.
The Jaguars buzzsaw just held Joe Flacco to 28 passing yards before he was pulled for Ryan Mallet. The Jets are hardly better with Josh McCown, so sit them all.
The top-rated cornerback on PFF from the Falcons is….wait for it….slot corner Brian Poole! Not that Andre Holmes or Zay Jones are likely to take advantage of Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, but Matthews could even be the target of double teams as nobody else on that squad scares anyone.
But the Dolphins play the Saints right? Yes, but (spoiler alert) Parker will likely be shadowed Marshone Lattimore who has looked pretty darn good when he is on the field so far. Parker is likely still at least a WR3, but the wait for Parker to have a monster 150 yard 2 touchdown performance may have to wait another week.
Diggs against Darius Slay should be really fun to watch. However, I would probably prefer to start Adam Theilen in DFS lineups as he is much cheaper, has the better matchup, and is still somehow the 2nd leading receiver in the NFL. Diggs is still a WR2 this week, however.
While Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler have left a lot to be desired, they are still top corners and both should be able to keep pace with Benjamin. Kelvin is still getting back to full strength from his knee injury that knocked him out of last week’s game. If he plays, he is a sit on week 4 WR vs CB matchup analysis.
Garcon had a monster game last week, but Patrick Peterson is much less forgiving and should shadow the only legit passing threat San Fran has to offer. Expect WR3 numbers at best in week 4.
News flash: Morris Claiborne is apparently actually decent at football. He will be shadowing Lee on Sunday, and therefore Lee is a sit.
Marvin Jones Jr.
Shadowed by Xavier Rhodes means sit Jones in all formats.
This will probably be the best matchup of the week. Janoris Jenkins vs. Mike Evans. I expect Evans to still get peppered with targets, as usual, so he has a safe floor, but his ceiling is likely lower than most other weeks.