We are looking ahead at Week 8 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|
|Doug Baldwin||$6,900||$7,700||Kareem Jackson||A|
|Alshon Jeffery||$6,700||$6,600||Dontae Johnson||B+|
|Nelson Agholor||$5,500||$6,000||K'Waun Williams||A|
Yes, New England likes to take away opposing team's best weapon, but I still like Keenan Allen this week. Eric Rowe should lineup in the slot, and is allowing 0.41 F/R this season and 2.54 Y/RC. If New England pushes the pace in this game, Los Angeles' passing weapons are in a good spot, but if they run and control the clock, I am lowering exposure. Allen has 0.37 F/R this season and is averaging 1.97 Y/RR.
Doug Baldwin is a sneaky play this week, at home against Houston. Baldwin is averaging 0.43 F/R this season, and gets slot-corner Kareem Jackson, who is allowing 0.36 F/R and a 74% catch rate. Jackson is the corner I want to pick on against Houston, and Baldwin is obviously the clear cut number one in Seattle.
Philadelphia should run wild in this game, and both Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery are in good spots. Agholor will see K'Waun Williams who has allowed 0.38 F/R this season and a 76% catch rate. He is also targeted 24% of the time. Jeffery will see Dontae Johnson, who has allowed 0.32 F/R this season and 1.65 Y/RC. I am on these two this week, as Carson Wentz and company should put up plenty. If you are looking for an opposing correlation play with Philly, Pierre Garcon is the guy. He will see Jalen Mills, who has allowed 0.35 F/R this season and 1.32 Y/RC. Garcon is producing 0.40 F/R this season, and that is without finding the end zone.