We are looking ahead at Week 6 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.
|Wide Receiver||DraftKings||FanDuel||Cornerback||Matchup Grade|
|Larry Fitzgerald||$6,800||$6,600||Robert McClain||A|
|Julio Jones||$8,300||$8,400||Xavien Howard||A+|
|Emmanuel Sanders||$6,100||$6,700||Eli Apple||A|
|Golden Tate||$6,800||$7,600||Kenny Vaccaro||B+|
|Davante Adams||$5,700||$7,200||Trae Waynes||B+|
|Adam Thielen||$6,000||$6,500||Quinten Rollins||B|
It seemingly feels like Larry Fitzgerald has been in a good matchup all season, and that is because he has. This is another week where Fitz sits in a good spot, running 68% of his routes out of the slot. That means a matchup against Robert McClain who has allowed an 87% catch rate, 0.32 F/R, and is rated 111th by PFF among cornerbacks. Julio Jones as long as he is healthy will be a top option this week against Xavien Howard, 79th rated PFF corner. Miami ranks 29th in DVOA against opposing WR1s, which makes sense given this secondary has been horrendous. On FanDuel, Emmanuel Sanders will see Eli Apple, who has been god awful this season. Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie started ahead of Apple last week, but now DRC is suspended for this week. Apple is bottom five in PPR points allowed this season. Sanders gets an edge over Demaryius Thomas, who sees Janoris Jenkins.
Golden Tate is going to dodge going up against Ken Crawley and Marshon Lattimore, who have been pretty strong so far this season. He will instead face Kenny Vaccaro out of the slot, who has allowed 0.44 F/R and a 71% catch rate. He is also being targeted 25% of the time this season, which is an excellent spot for Tate to pick up a ton of PPR points. Trae Waynes out of Minnesota is where we continue to pick on with Minnesota. Waynes has allowed a 0.36 F/R, and is being targeted 22% of the time. Davante Adams will draw him this week with Xavier Rhodes shadowing Jordy Nelson. I am not going to trust Stefon Diggs to play this week, or to play at 100%, instead I am going to look towards Adam Thielen, who has been quiet since that first game against Saints. Quinten Rollins has allowed a 79% catch rate and 0.41 F/R this season. Thielen is the second most targeted wide receiver on Minnesota this season, and he has a 73% catch rate.