We are looking ahead at Divisional Round to find the elite matchups for wide receivers against corners. Using Pro Football Focus's ratings as a base, we are able to get an advanced look at what matchups we can take advantage of. Defense against opposing WR's is grabbed from FootballOutsiders. They matchups are broken down into the top tier matchups, middle tier matchups, and matchups to possibly fade. Now the opposing cornerback may not always be on the highlighted receiver, but this is a look at who the highlighted receiver will likely see most of the game. Not every number one cornerback covers the opposing team's wide receiver. They usually stay on their side of the field, and on occasion can shadow a number one. I will continue to edit it during the week, if there is given news of a switch in matchups. Blown coverage equals great matchups, zone coverages suggest they are toss-ups, and lockdown coverage is pretty self explanatory. Premium access grants you the full article.
Falcons @ Eagles
|Wide Receiver||DraftKings||FanDuel||Cornerback||Matchup Grade|
|Julio Jones||$7,900||$8,500||Ronald Darby||B|
|Mohamed Sanu||$5,700||$6,000||Patrick Robinson||D|
|Nelson Agholor||$4,800||$5,900||Brian Poole||B+|
|Alshon Jeffrey||$5,500||$7,300||Robert Alford||B-|
Julio Jones isn't somebody I worry too much about matchup with. Atlanta is going to need Jones to be a stable of their offense to keep moving forward in these playoffs. Jones is averaging 0.56 F/R this season, and a slate high 3.23 Y/RR. He will draw Ronald Darby, who has been solid when healthy, but has also been targeted 3% more on targets in comparison to other Philly corners, and has allowed 0.30 F/R. Jones has potential to be the highest scoring wideout on the slate, yes, even with Antonio Brown playing. Mohamed Sanu is in a tougher spot, Patrick Patterson gets some flack, but has allowed 0.28 F/R this season and a 56% catch rate. Outside of these two, there isn't much to dissect on the Atlanta wideouts.
I might be more intrigued with Philly than others, but the wideouts are in good spots this week. Nelson Agholor gets Brian Poole this week, who was torched by Cooper Kupp last week. Poole has allowed 0.36 F/R this season and a 84% catch rate. Agholor is a strong value, and has been used quite a bit with Foles under center. Alshon Jeffrey will go up against Robert Alford, who is the easier corner to go against compared to Desmond Trufant, even with them allowing the same 0.26 F/R.