Fantasy Football: WR Matchups Report

This Fantasy Football tool shows you how well (or how poorly) each pass defense is performing against each position this NFL season.

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This new featured tool displays how each defense performs against their opponent’s receiving yardage gained by position.

So for example, if you see a team is ranked 1st vs. WR #1, that defense is currently the best at limiting their opponent’s WR #1 yardage compared to other teams. Or if you see a team is ranked 32nd against WR #2, that defense is the worst against WR #2’s or more accurately, the defense is allowing the most yards to WR #2’s compared to the other teams in the league. This a great tool to find and exploit useful matchups. Don’t forget to check out the all the positions as well (WR #1, WR #2, Other WRs, TE & RB).


Updated: Thursday, October 11



The Rams are the best in the league at defending opposing WR1s but rank 21st at defending opposing WR2s. Is Emmanuel Sanders in for a big game?

On the other side of the ball, the rams have a tough matchup headed into Denver after a brutal matchup with the Seahawks, in which both Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp were concussed. Both receivers went through walkthroughs on Wednesday but it is definitely a situation to monitor as the Rams attempt to stay unbeaten.

The New York Giants are stingy against opposing receivers, allowing the second-fewest yards to WR1s and the fourth-fewest to WR2s. However, they are subpar at defending tight ends with their weak linebacking core. Look for Zach Ertz to get peppered with targets and Dallas Goedert to potentially get more run against this defense.


The Eagles are dreadful against both WR1s and WR2s (#32 and #26 respectively). Eli Manning might be worth a shot this week in DFS and / or a streamer for Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford owners. Odell Beckham obviously should have a huge game with Evan Engram ruled out. This also helps Sterling Shepard’s status.

Tampa Bay continues to get killed by opposing WR1s and WR2s. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley should be very popular plays this week in the biggest Vegas Over / Under of the week. Remember that Atlanta gets killed underneath, allowing 10.6 reception targets to RBs (most in the league). Ronald Jones time? Cameron Brate could see plenty of targets with O.J. Howard out.

Cleveland brings up the rear at #31 vs WR1s. We’re overdue for a Keenan Allen week, but they have to fly across the country and play a 1 PM Eastern (10 AM Pacific) time game against the Brownies.

The Indianapolis Colts are allowing the seventh-most yards to opposing WR1s but struggle against WR2s, allowing the third-most yards in the league. Robby Anderson seems to finally be gaining chemistry with Sam Darnold so perhaps we’ll see another good outing from Robby this week.

Chicago is lights out against top receivers, ranking in the top three at defending WR1s, however, they allow the third-most yards per game to opposing WR2s. Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara are playing great defense this year and with the deep ball being protected by FS Eddie Jackson, it will be a tough go for Kenny Stills and the Dolphins’ wideouts. I’d be very surprised if Stills gets open deep in the secondary this week. Expect the Dolphins to use the RBs and the WRs in a bunch of underneath routes to Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson and the speedy Jakeem Grant.

Here’s AJ Green’s historical matchups vs the Steelers. The two games he struggled were in Pittsburgh. Green is primed for 25+ points if the weather (wind) doesn’t pose a problem.

Jordy Nelson could pose a bit of a problem for the Seahawks this week as they come in rankings 11th and 25th against WR1s and WR2s respectively. But seriously, don’t we all expect Marshawn to get at least one score against the Hawks? Remember when we went all in on Lynch to score? Might be another good week to guarantee a TD from this RB.

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Scott is the co-founder of Scout Fantasy Sports and host of the Fantasy Football World Championships, serving as Commissioner and Director of all Scout Fantasy leagues and contests. He directs content, brand and business development. Scott is also the Founder and acting President of the Fantasy Players Association, a group dedicated to player advocacy and regularly appears on ESPN Radio, SiriusXM and FNTSY. He contributes sports handicapping, NFL and NBA DFS advice and strategy on the Scout Fantasy Sports forums.Scott has several 5 figure finishes including winning a DraftKings Atlantis qualifier (valued at over $70,000) and $30,000 in NFL Week 16. A long-time high-stakes competitor and ranked #50 in the Fantasy Football World Rankings, Scott understands and teaches bankroll management through wise contest selections.Scott was the former host of Red vs Blue High Stakes Radio, featured as a Dynasty "Greats of the Game" by DLF and interviewed by FBG. He has played high stakes since it's inception and has enjoyed Top 10 finishes in both NFFC and FFPC as well as an RTSports Overall link: