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Week 6 WR vs CB matchup analysis

Week 6 WR vs CB matchup analysis

Week 6 WR vs CB Matchup Analysis

We are back with Week 6 WR vs CB matchup analysis to help you with your wide receiver decisions of the week. 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

Larry Fitzgerald

Fitz continues to see one of the best target shares in the league. He is a high-floor play against the Buccaneers feeble secondary.

Adam Thielen

Just keep rolling out receivers against the Packers. Thielen continues to be heavily involved in the Vikings offense. If Diggs is limited or can’t play, Case Keenum’s attention to Thielen should only increase.

Davante Adams

With Jordy likely to battle Xavier Rhodes shadow coverage, Adams gets the much nicer matchup with Trae Waynes. Adams is a very solid play this week.

T.Y. Hilton

Now with two 100+ yard games with Jacoby Brissett at QB, we can stop worrying about Hilton as an elite-tier receiver when the matchup is right. The matchup is indeed right as he will see a lot of rookie Adoree’ Jackson who has had a sub-par transition into the NFL being thrown into the fire.

Julio Jones

After a week to rest up some injuries, I expect vintage Jones this week against Miami’s beatable secondary. At home this week, Julio is a top-5 play.

Antonio Brown

Not that it matters who is covering Brown, but Martavis Bryant should earn more of Marcus Peters’ attention. That means Brown is a safe bet to do Antonio Brown things. Set it and forget it.

Golden Tate

Every receiver licks their chops when the Saints are on the slate for the week. Matthew Stafford hasn’t been throwing the ball downfield as much this year, but that benefits Tate just fine. Tate has a Golden floor this week.

High Upside

Juju Smith-Schuster

Without Eric Berry, the Chiefs secondary has been very beatable this season outside of Marcus Peters’ coverage. While Martavis Brant has struggled to find his footing this year, Juju has increased his playing time and rapport with Big Ben. He’s an interesting flier this week having scored twice on the year already.

Jamison Crowder

A monster game is going to come for Crowder, and why not this week? San Francisco’s secondary has been laughable in 2017. Look for Cousins to have another big game to prove he’s still a top-10 QB, and Crowder should be a beneficiary.

Terrelle Pryor

Speaking of Kirk Cousin’s beneficiaries, Pryor is another receiver I like this week against that 49ers secondary. Throw him into your flex and let’s see him build on the strong week-4 he had before the bye week.

Emmanuel Sanders

The Giants are a disaster. If this game isn’t a shutout, then kudos to Eli Manning. Before it gets out of hand, Sanders should thrash the Giants secondary that will be without suspended cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. While DT is handled by Janorkis Jenkins, Sanders could ball out. His floor is a WR2 this week.

Nelson Agholor

The resurgence of Nelson Agholor is in full swing. If you didn’t see this touchdown last week against Arizona, then treat yourself. Carson Wentz continues to look like he belongs in the top tier of NFL quarterbacks, and that’s only good news for Agholor.

Bad Matchups

Sammy Watkins

Watkins went catchless against the Seahawks secondary and it doesn’t get any easier against the Jags this week. Watkins is an easy sit.

Michael Crabtree

Unfortunately, Crabtree looks like he will see shadow coverage from Casey Heyward this week. Derek Carr’s return should help but expect a lower ceiling this week.

Michael Thomas

Darius Slay is the name of the “avoid” game. Brees has no problem throwing the ball to whoever has the best matchup, and with the return of Willie Snead, Brees may look to Thomas a little less often this week.

Mike Evans

Nobody can truly stop Evans, but Patrick Peterson can relegate Evans to WR2 numbers for a week. This is more of an “FYI” as you are likely starting him anyway.

Demaryius Thomas

Janoris Jenkins will likely give Thomas plenty of attention this week. The Broncos could easily go up 14-0 then sit on the ball knowing the Giants can’t do a thing on offense. That doesn’t help give me any confidence in DT this week as anything more than a high-end WR3.



I hope you enjoyed Week 6 WR vs CB matchup analysis! How’s your team doing? It’s a prime time to fire up some trade offers, so don’t miss out on Landon Sparkman’s Buy Low, Sell High article to improve your team’s shot down the stretch.

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

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