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Week 2 WR vs CB Matchup Analysis

Week 2 WR vs CB Matchup Analysis: Malcolm Butler

Week 2 WR vs CB Matchup Analysis

After a week of wild football action, week 2 may bring us back to reality a bit. The Week 2 WR vs CB matchup analysis is an easy way to look at your starting lineup decisions. Just like last week, I have 3 categories:

  1. Must starts: top players with an exploitable matchup.
  2. High Upside: average players with an exploitable matchup
  3. Bad matchups: players who have poor matchups

Must Starts

  • Doug Baldwin

    • Dougie fresh appears on this list for the 2nd week in a row. After logging 4 catches for 63 yards, he faces the 49ers K’Waun Williams who has a PFF grade of just 58.4. This looks to be a nice bounce back game for Seattle as a whole with Thomas Rawls healthy and a weaker opponent. Start with confidence.
  • Atlanta Falcons receivers

    • Green Bay’s cornerback trio of Damarious Randall, Davon House, and Quinten Rollins have an average combined PFF grade of 42.77. Julio is a must-start, while Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel are decent flex options in a pinch. Expect Matt Ryan to air it out and have 300 passing yards easily.
  • Larry Fitzgerald

    • After David Johnson (you know, Arizona’s #2 receiver) Fitzgerald will become an absolute target monster. Against a Colts team that will likely be missing Vontae Davis, Fitz is once again an easy play.
  • John Brown

    • Brown faces PFF’s worst ranked corner (T.J. Green) this week. No more needs to be said, Brown should flirt with high-end WR2 numbers this week against the Colts.

High Upside

  • Cooper Kupp

    • Kupp had a very nice NFL Debut to the tune of 4 catches for 76 yards. He gets Kendall Fuller this week that just allowed Nelson Agholor to grab 6 balls for 86 and a score. Plug Kupp in as a flex/WR2.
  • DeAndre Hopkins

    • With all 3 of Houston’s Tight ends dealing with concussions, Hopkins could be even more heavily targeted than his league leading 16 in week 1. Volume alone makes him a start, but he should be playing across Adam Jones most of the time which is a mismatch for the talented receiver. Hopkins sky is as high as Deshaun Watson can make it.
  • Emmanuel Sanders

    • I’m rarely an advocate for starting a boom/bust receiver with a below-average quarterback. That said, Dallas’ weakness is through the air, and Manny should draw either Nolan Carrol (PFF score: 46) or rookie Chidobe Awuzie for most of the game. Week 2 WR vs CB matchup analysis gives him a shot at being at least worth a flex play.
  • Chris Hogan

    • With Danny Amendola looking like he probably won’t play, Hogan looks like a nice play against a Saints team that just got torched by Bradford/Diggs/Theilen. No corner in New Orleans is a match for Brady, so Hogan is a nice play this week.
  • Kelvin Benjamin

    • Benjamin and the entire Panthers passing offense struggled in week 1. The Panthers do look like they want to run the ball considerably more than they did last year, but Benjamin is still the primary outside receiver and is matched up with E.J. Gaines. Gaines gave up 7 catches to Jermaine Kearse last week. Benjamin can do more than Kearse can and has TD upside. He may be the ultimate boom/bust week 2 play, and owners hope he performs.  Benjamin will start to look like a disappointment if he can’t perform against weak competition.

Bad Matchups

  • Davante Parker

    • Parker will likely be shadowed all game by Chargers stud Casey Hayward. Hayward is the 5th ranked corner on PFF. I would play the wait and see game for at least this week to see if the Parker to Cutler pre-season hype was justified before confidently starting Parker.
  • Tennessee Titans receivers

    • If Jalen Ramsey plays, pretty much all Titans receivers are sits. The duo of Ramsey and Bouye are a force to be reckoned with, and even slot corner Aaron Colvin has a respectable 77.3 grade from PFF. The Titans will likely look to re-establish the run in this game, so keep the Titans pass-catchers out of your lineups in week 2.
  • Marvin Jones Jr. & Kenny Golladay

    • Jones draws shadow coverage from Janoris Jenkins this week. Even on plays where he lines up against the other outside corner, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, he’s not in a plus matchup. Sit him and Kenny Golladay this week.
  • Allen Hurns

    • Hurns was likely a high-priority waiver option, but he’s a sit this week as he will likely face Logan Ryan most of the game. Marqise Lee is a better option against rookie Adoree’ Jackson.
  • TY Hilton

    • Add shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson to receiving targets from either Jacoby Brissett or Scott Tolzein and you have a recipe for a hairy fantasy day.
  • Cole Beasley

    • Beasley gets #1 ranked corner on PFF Chris Harris in week 2. Sit Beasley.
  • Michael Thomas

    • MT makes the week 2 WR vs CB matchup analysis “bad matchups” after going for 5 catches for only 45 yards as a week 1 bad matchup. Thomas faces the duo of Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler of the Patriots. Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley had some success last week. You likely drafted Thomas knowing you will have to start him each week, but temper expectations.


I hope you enjoyed Week 2 WR vs CB matchup analysis, stay tuned for next weeks edition, and feel free to shoot me questions on Twitter.

*Please note that stats such as fantasy points per route were taken from Pro Football Focus. (subscription required)

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