We are looking ahead at Week 7 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|
|Robert Woods||$4,000||$5,500||Justin Bethel||B+|
|Eric Decker||$4,300||$5,100||Jamar Taylor||A|
|Zay Jones||$3,600||$4,500||Vernon Hargreaves||B|
|Randall Cobb||$5,300||$5,800||Kenny Vaccaro||B+|
Justin Bethel has been one of the worst cornerbacks in the NFL this season, and he actually might be benched this weekend, or at least demoted. Robert Woods will draw him in coverage, and is somebody to look at this week in a contrarian sense. Bethel is allowing 0.52 F/R this season, which is tied for the most with Terrance Mitchell of the Kansas City Chiefs. Eric Decker hasn't exactly come into Tennessee and been the guy of old, but he did have a nice game against the Colts, and draws the best matchup of Cleveland wide receivers. Jamar Taylor has allowed 0.48 F/R this season, which is the third highest among cornerbacks. He is also allowing a 73% catch rate, and 2.13 Y/RC. If Decker can see 6+ targets this week, he should be able to surpass value at his cheaper price tags.
I have seen some talk about Tyrod Taylor this week as a playable QB option, and if you want someone to stack with him, Zay Jones finally might have a week. With Charles Clay out, and Jordan Matthews iffy for Week 7, Jones might be a guy to consider. Vernon Hargreaves has been horrendous this season, allowing an 81% catch rate, and allowing 0.42 F/R this season. I will echo my thoughts on Randall Cobb which is that I am down on him moving forward the rest of the season, but he does draw the best matchup against Kenny Vaccaro, who has allowed a 0.36 F/R this season, and a 71% catch rate.