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Week 3 WR vs CB Matchup Analysis

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Week 3 WR vs CB Matchup Analysis

The Week 3 WR vs CB matchup analysis is your one-stop shop for everything related to which receivers to play this coming weekend. Again, here are the 3 categories for the highlighted matchups:

  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

Keenan Allen

Slot corner Philip Gaines is currently the worst graded starting CB on Pro Football Focus. Allen is coming off a 9-catch 100 yard performance. Allen is back, and ready for another PPR WR1 week. Lock him into any and all lineups this week.

Antonio Brown

Arguably the league’s top receiver faces the inadequate Kyle Fuller this week. Brown could easily replicate his monster week 1 performance again, he’s a must-start as usual.

Amari Cooper

While King Crab had the 3-TD performance last week, it’s Cooper who gets the plus matchup this week. Deciding between the two will likely depend on their matchup. In week 3 Crabtree gets Josh Norman while Amari gets Bashaud Breeland. I’ll pick Cooper to go back to being the top dog for at least a week in Oakland.

Jarvis Landry

Narrative street told us that Landry would be phased out of the offense with Cutler only targeting Devante Parker. Well, Landry caught 13 of his 15 targets last week. It’s safe to say he’ll remain a part of the offense moving forward. He draws a struggling Jets secondary (in particular slot corner Buster Skrine) which is a plus matchup. Expect solid WR2 numbers again this week from Landry.

Martavis Bryant

The Bears secondary has struggled out of the gate in 2017, and nobody is a physical match for Martavis Bryant who broke out in week 2. Expect similar results now that he’s back up to speed in the Pittsburgh offense.

Davante Adams

With Jordy Nelson unlikely to be at full strength this weekend (quad injury) Adams should get peppered with targets against a struggling Bengals team. He should be mostly matched up with Adam Jones who struggled to cover Nuk Hopkins last week. Volume alone makes Adams a start if Nelson is unable to go.

A.J. Green

Green has been negatively affected by the Bengals team struggles. However, they get one of the league’s worst group of cornerbacks in Green Bay this weekend. This seems like the perfect get right week for the Dalton/Green combo in a game they will likely be trailing from the get-go.

High Upside

Denver Broncos receivers

Tre’Davious White has played well in his short rookie season thus far. However, he and E.J. Gaines (who has not looked quite as well) stick to their respective sides of the field and don’t shadow. Manny Sanders and DT should rotate who gets to beat up on Gaines making both viable starts against a team that may actually be able to slow down C.J. Anderson and the run game.

Devin Funchess

I’m disgusted to even bring this up, but with Greg Olsen down, Funchess may actually put up some respectable stats this week. Rookie CB Marshone Lattimore for the Saints has looked pretty solid, but he should cover Kelvin Benjamin for most of the game. The rest of the Saints have been atrocious, and Funchess will have the first shot to take advantage of that.

Cooper Kupp

Kupp is Jared Goff’s guy and he has another solid matchup against slot cornerback, K’Waun Williams this week. He’s looking like a regular chalk weekly flex play in PPR leagues.

Brandin Cooks

Losing Kevin Johnson will hurt Houston’s secondary, and Cooks can make any cornerback pay. If Brady and Cooks can get on the same page, Marcus Burley could look like an NBA player getting dunked on.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Another team, another top CB injury. Ronald Darby won’t return this week for the Eagles and that may very well present a problem against the Giants stud receiver. If Eli can stay up long enough to get Beckham the ball (a tall task) Beckham could return to the stat lines we are used to seeing from him.

Rashard Higgins

One of the top waiver adds this week, Higgins appears on this list after a 7-catch 95-yard performance. Match him up against the Colts with Kenny Britt struggling and Corey Coleman out, and you have a recipe for success.

Jaron Brown

Everyone wants to talk about the hot start J.J. Nelson is off to, but Arizona has long had a deep group of interchangeable receivers put up spurts of points here and there. The Cowboys’ secondary has struggled, but rookie Chidobe Awuzie has looked the best of the bunch and he will likely cover Nelson for most of the game. On the year, Brown only has 2 fewer targets than Nelson, he just doesn’t have the touchdowns that get fantasy owners excited. He’s a devious little play this week, and you heard it here first on the week 3 WR vs CB matchup analysis.

Bad Matchups

Jordan Matthews

No Bills receiver except Matthews deserves starting consideration on a weekly basis, and this week consider him not startable. Chris Harris has shut down much better guys than Matthews. Sit everywhere.

DeAndre Hopkins

The Pats feature 2 of the NFL’s premier outside corners who, minus a long Tyreek Hill TD in week 1, have been pretty solid against the pass. The Texans will likely want to force-feed Hopkins anyway, but the results may be a few Watson interceptions in exchange for a few short completions.

Alshon Jeffery

This largely depends on the health of Janorkis Jenkins who was sidelined by injury last week. If healthy, Jenkins represents a problem for Jeffery. If he gets Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, it’s a better matchup, but still, not one that makes you excited to start him. Consider him a low-end WR2 if Jenkins sits, and a flex-at-best if Jenkins starts.

Baltimore Ravens Receivers

The Ravens get the Buzzsaw that is the Jags defense this week. London games rarely turn in great offensive performances, so this should be a matchup everyone avoids even if Jalen Ramsay can’t go.

Tyreek Hill

Week 3 WR vs CB matchup analysis says: Hill will likely be shadowed by Casey Heward this week. With so many of the top cornerbacks on the mend, you can likely find a starter with a higher floor and ceiling this week than Hill. Flex if you must.

Dez Bryant

Dez will get the gauntlet of top CB’s this year, and Patrick Peterson is next on the list. Be wary of this TD dependent player who just posted one of the most inefficient weeks of the young season despite leading the NFL in targets.

Julio Jones

Darius Slay is one of the best in the game, but so is Julio. If you have him, you aren’t sitting him. Just don’t expect a 200-yard performance this week.



I hope you enjoyed Week 3 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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