Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

Wide Receiver Matchups To Target in Week 1

Week 1 of the NFL season is upon us and considering how little offensive and defensive starters played this preseason, we don't have much to go off of to project how new players and coaches will impact teams on both sides of the ball.  Early on in the season, we will need to use 2018 data and project how new players and coaches will make an impact until we have a representative sample of data to rely on for the 2019 season.  Until then, we will do our best to help you construct your DFS rosters and set your seasonal-league lineups with wide receivers that have advantageous matchups.

Nothing is more important than matchup analysis when it comes to fantasy football. Playing your teams’ best players on a regular basis is important, but picking apart the top matchups on a week-to-week basis can win you a championship, or even better, some cold hard cash in DFS. Matchups for the wide receiver position aren’t always as black and white as they can be for other positions. Receivers need to be broken down even deeper by analyzing the potential cornerback matchup they’re going to draw. This is especially true in potential shadow coverage cases such as any time an X receiver plays against Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals. The data used here such as fantasy points allowed per route covered, and percentage of routes run on the left side, right side, and in the slot, is courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

Now, here are the top WR vs CB matchups for Week 1. Use these to set season-long lineups, as well as gain a competitive edge in the DFS games.


WR/CB Matchups to Target in Week 1

Dante Pettis ($6,500 Fanduel/$5,400 DK) vs Carlton Davis

Dante Pettis is the 49ers best wide receiver and Kyle Shanahan will move him around the formation to put him in good situations to get the ball.  In 2018, Pettis lined up on the left side of the formation 43% of the time and played 40% of his snaps out of the slot.  Although Pettis may see some of Tampa’s best CB Carlton Davis on Sunday, he will inevitably see M.J. Stewart when he lines up in the slot and even a little Vernon Hargreaves as he moves around the formation, both of who are not good.  The Bucs were terrible against the pass in 2018 and did nothing in the offseason to improve their pass defense. Regardless of where the second-year wide receiver lines up for the 49ers this weekend, he will have a great matchup and he’s a good bet to come through in a game that Caesars expects to put up 50 total points.

Pivot: Marquise Goodwin ($5,400 Fanduel/$4,000 DK) vs Vernon Hargreaves

This game should have around 50 points scored according to the betting lines and no matter who Goodwin lines up on, he’s going to have a tremendous advantage in the speed department with his 4.27 wheels as Tampa Bay’s starting cornerbacks are all 4.5+ guys.


Brandin Cooks ($7,000 Fanduel/$6,500 DK) vs Donte Jackson

Donte Jackson is one of the only cornerbacks in the NFL that has the wheels (4.32 forty) to keep up with LA Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks.  Regardless of Jackson's speed, the second year corner can be beaten.  In 2018 Jackson was only targeted on 16% of the routes he covered, but when he was challenged, he gave up a 74% catch rate, .39 fantasy points per route covered and 1.81 yards per route covered.  Cooks had 22 receptions of 20 or more yards in 2018 and four of those went for over 40.  The Rams deep threat is a good bet to pop off a long one on Sunday, especially since this game could shoot out.  According to Caesars, this game will have a total of 49.5 points.


Tyler Boyd ($6,900 Fanduel/$5,800 DK) vs Seahawks Slot Cornerback Ugo Amadi/Akeem King

The Legion of Boom is no more in Seattle. It’s unclear who the Seahawks will deploy in the slot to start the year and they may actually take a committee approach covering opposing slot receivers. Until we have a few games of data to evaluate, we can only speculate who the Seahawks slot corner will be based off training camp reports. The over/under on this game is fairly low at 44 points, but the Bengals are without AJ Green and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton should need to hit Tyler Boyd with plenty of short passes before Jadeveon Clowney and the re-tooled Seahawks pass rush gets to him.  Dalton may be looking to get the ball out of his hands extra quickly now that Bengals left tackle Cordy Glenn has been ruled out for Sunday.  If the Seahawks are truly still looking to figure their slot corner situation out this week, Boyd may be able to exploit that matchup as the Bengals number one option in the passing game.

Pivot: Damion Willis ($4,500 Fanduel/$3,000 DK) – If you are looking for a player with a minimum price to help you fill out a top-heavy roster or you believe the Seahawks will take out Tyler Boyd, you can take a leap of faith and put Damion Willis in your lineup.  The Bengals rookie receiver has excellent body control and could shock some people this weekend.  Only consider Willis is you are not averse to some (or a lot of) risk.


Chris Godwin ($6,900 Fanduel/$6,200 DK) vs K’Waun Williams

When Chris Godwin lines up in the slot for Tampa Bay this Sunday he will face off against K’Waun Williams who gave up .30 fantasy points per route, a 65% catch rate and 1.31 yards per route covered in 2018.  Even if the third year breakout candidate lines up outside he should line up across from 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon.  Both of these matchups are wins for Godwin.  Caesars thinks that at least 50 points will be scored in this one and Godwin should be a big part of that offensive assault with Richard Sherman expected to guard Mike Evans for much of the day.


DeSean Jackson ($5,600 Fanduel/$4,500 DK) vs Quinton Dunbar

The Philadelphia Eagles move their wide receivers around the formation while the Washington Redskins cornerbacks play sides a majority of the time.  When DeSean Jackson lines up across from Quinton Dunbar the advantage will lie with DJax as Dunbar gave up .40 fantasy points per route run in 2018 along with a 67% catch rate.  Even if the 32 year-old Eagles wide receiver moves to Josh Norman’s side, he should be able to use his elite speed to beat Norman.  Although Norman is an excellent cornerback, he is not a speedster by any means and can be burned.  Jackson is arguably the best deep threat that Carson Wentz has ever had at his disposal since entering the league and if Norman doesn’t have help over the top, he can be beat.


Jamison Crowder ($5,400 Fanduel/$4,100 DK) vs Taron Johnson

NY Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson ($6,300 Fanduel/$5,200 DK) has been nursing a calf injury he suffered late in training camp and although he should play in this one, he will be lining up against Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White who shadows the opposition’s best wide receiver.  That being said, NY Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is likely to exploit matchups in the middle of the field and Jamison Crowder may be the biggest beneficiary.  Crowder should line up on Bills slot corner Taron Johnson on Sunday who gave up a 68% catch rate and .29 fantasy points per route run in 2018, advantage Crowder.

Pivot: John Brown ($5,500 Fanduel/$4,300 DK) vs Trumaine Johnson – The Jets gave up 58 plays of 20 or more passing yards in 2018 and Brown is a big play waiting to happen.  If you don’t mind some risk, Brown is a solid option at his price in his first game with the big-armed Josh Allen throwing him the ball.


Donte Moncrief ($5,400 Fanduel/$4,400 DK) vs JC Jackson/Jason McCourty

The Steelers wide receiver group is a hard one to peg to start the season now that Antonio Brown has moved on and JuJu Smith-Schuster assumes the role as the Steelers number one wide receiver.  Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore normally shadows the opposition’s top receiver, but Smith-Schuster spends much of his time in the slot when the Steelers go three-wide.  Heading into Week 1, we need to assume that Gilmore will he follow JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is priced at $8,100 Fanduel and $7,500 DK, into the slot, therefore capping his upside.  Caesars expects 50 points to be scored in his matchup which means somebody needs to catch the ball for the Steelers in what should be a high scoring game.  Donte Moncrief has had a slow start to his career but has flashed potential and he will be playing with the best quarterback he's had in years.  Moncrief should be able to do some damage against Patriots cornerbacks JC Jackson or Jason McCourty given the extra attention that will surely be paid to Smith-Schuster.


WR/CB Matchups to Target On The Monday Night DFS Slate

Michael Thomas ($8,500 Fanduel/$8,000 DK) vs Bradley Robey

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has a 4” height advantage on Bradley Robey who gave up a 67% catch rate and .33 fantasy points per route covered in 2018.  Thomas is Drew Brees favorite passing target and this game figures to be a shoot-out with an over/under of 52.5 according to Caesars.


Emmanuel Sanders ($5,600 Fanduel/$5,300 DK) vs Lamarcus Joyner

Lamarcus Joyner was argeted on 29% of routes he covered in 2018 which was the highest mark in the NFL and although he only surrendered a 57% catch rate, he did give up 2.04 yards per route covered and .37 fantasy points per route covered.  Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders looked like he was in pre-injury form this preseason and Joe Flacco is an upgrade at quarterback from who had throwing the ball to him last year.

Pivot: Courtland Sutton ($5,900 Fanduel/$4,700 DK) – The Raiders gave up 59 passes of 20 yards or more in 2018 and Sutton is a legitimate

More Weekly DFS Analysis

deep threat.


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts




Dalton Schultz49 mins ago

Won't Play In Week 13
Noah Brown52 mins ago

Tank Dell, Noah Brown Questionable For Week 13
Dorian Thompson-Robinson1 hour ago

Won't Play Sunday, Joe Flacco To Start
Keenan Allen2 hours ago

Questionable For Week 13
Dallas Goedert2 hours ago

Doubtful To Play In Week 13
Treylon Burks2 hours ago

Questionable To Face Colts
DeMar DeRozan2 hours ago

Uncertain To Play Against Pelicans On Saturday
Pat Connaughton2 hours ago

Ruled Out On Saturday
Keegan Murray2 hours ago

Practices On Friday
Chris Olave2 hours ago

Still In Concussion Protocol But Not Ruled Out
Doug McDermott2 hours ago

Will Not Play Against Pelicans
Luka Doncic3 hours ago

Ruled Out On Friday Due To Personal Reasons
Joel Embiid3 hours ago

Will Be True Game-Time Decision On Friday
Devin Booker3 hours ago

Will Sit Out Against Nuggets On Friday
Victor Wembanyama3 hours ago

Will Be Sidelined On Friday
Trey McBride3 hours ago

Iffy For Week 13 Action
Marquise Brown3 hours ago

Officially Questionable Against Steelers
Julius Randle3 hours ago

Tagged As Questionable On Friday
Dalvin Cook3 hours ago

Breece Hall, Dalvin Cook Questionable For Week 13
Treylon Burks3 hours ago

Cleared To Play In Week 13
Aaron Jones3 hours ago

Ruled Out For Week 13
Jerick McKinnon4 hours ago

Chiefs Expect Jerick McKinnon, Kadarius Toney To Play In Week 13
Dougie Hamilton4 hours ago

Simon Nemec Called Up To Devils Friday, Dougie Hamilton Placed On IR
Zach Charbonnet4 hours ago

Dealing With Swelling In Knee
Adin Hill5 hours ago

Leaves Thursday's Contest Early As Precaution
Timo Meier5 hours ago

Close To Returning, Could Play Friday
Jonathan Taylor5 hours ago

Officially Ruled Out
Sam Montembeault5 hours ago

Signs Three-Year Extension With Canadiens
Nikita Zadorov5 hours ago

Traded To Vancouver
Kenneth Walker III5 hours ago

"Might" Be Able To Play In Week 14
Hayden Hurst5 hours ago

Ruled Out, Tommy Tremble Doubtful For Week 13
Dalton Schultz6 hours ago

Not Expected To Play Against Broncos
De'Von Achane6 hours ago

To Play In Week 13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers6 hours ago

Lavonte David, Devin White Out For Buccaneers Defense
Chris Godwin6 hours ago

To Be A Game-Time Decision
Beneil Dariush7 hours ago

Arman Tsarukyan A Favorite Over Beneil Dariush At UFC Austin
Jack Eichel7 hours ago

Steers Vegas Back On Track
Beneil Dariush7 hours ago

Has A Dangerous Task In Front Of Him
Brayden Schenn7 hours ago

Leads Blues To Victory Thursday
Bobby Green7 hours ago

Looking For Third Win In A Row
Noah Dobson7 hours ago

Grabs Three Assists In Thursday's Win
Jalin Turner7 hours ago

A Favorite At UFC Austin
Tyrese Haliburton7 hours ago

Notches Another Big-Time Performance
Jack Hughes7 hours ago

Adds Three More Points To His Tally
Dustin Stoltzfus7 hours ago

In Dire Need Of Victory
Trae Young7 hours ago

Posts A 45-Point Double-Double
Tom Wilson7 hours ago

Celebrates First Career Hat Trick
Jalen Brunson7 hours ago

Drops 42 Points In Win Over Pistons
Punahele Soriano7 hours ago

Looking To Return To Win Column
Jonathan Isaac8 hours ago

Tagged As Questionable On Friday
Tristan Jarry8 hours ago

Caps Off Winning Performance With Historic Goal
Jose Alvarado8 hours ago

Questionable On Friday With Ankle Sprain
Kristaps Porzingis8 hours ago

Ruled Out Against 76ers
Nicolas Batum8 hours ago

Probable To Play Against Celtics
Xavier Tillman8 hours ago

Sr. Questionable To Return On Friday
Zach LaVine8 hours ago

Will Miss One Week With Foot Soreness
Mitchell Marner17 hours ago

Scores Hat Trick In Victory
Alex Lyon18 hours ago

Earns Third Consecutive Victory
Jeremy Swayman18 hours ago

Posts Shutout Against Sharks
San Francisco Giants20 hours ago

Thomas Szapucki Returns To Giants On Minor-League Deal
Jose Cruz21 hours ago

Giants Re-Sign Jose Cruz
Matt McLain21 hours ago

Fully Healed
Edward Cabrera21 hours ago

Teams Interested In Edward Cabrera, Trevor Rogers
Dylan Cease21 hours ago

White Sox Likely To Wait To Deal Dylan Cease
Kyle Tyler21 hours ago

Signs Minors Deal With Marlins
Austin Adams21 hours ago

Signs One-Year Deal With Mets
Shohei Ohtani21 hours ago

Wins Most Outstanding Designated Hitter Award
Chris Paul21 hours ago

To Be Re-Evaluated On Monday
Aaron Gordon21 hours ago

Listed As Questionable For Friday
Jamal Murray22 hours ago

Uncertain For Friday
Zach Hyman1 day ago

Ready To Return On Thursday
Juuso Valimaki1 day ago

Back For Coyotes On Thursday
Ilya Mikheyev1 day ago

Good To Go Thursday
Dougie Hamilton1 day ago

Won't Play On Thursday
Radko Gudas1 day ago

On Track To Return Thursday
Andrei Svechnikov1 day ago

Expected Back On Thursday
Mark Kastelic1 day ago

Ridly Greig Placed On Long-Term IR By Senators
Dylan Cease1 day ago

Cardinals Interested In Dylan Cease
Joaquim Silva1 day ago

Looking To Return To The Win Column
Clay Guida1 day ago

Set For 36th UFC Fight
Kelvin Gastelum1 day ago

Returns To Welterweight
Tyler Glasnow1 day ago

Cubs Have Held Trade Talks On Tyler Glasnow
Wynton Bernard1 day ago

Inks Minors Pact With White Sox
Sean Brady1 day ago

Looking To Rebound After First Career Loss
Deiveson Figueiredo1 day ago

Moving Up To Bantamweight
Jackson Stephens1 day ago

Signs One-Year Deal With Braves
Rob Font1 day ago

Set For Third Fight Of 2023
Penn Murfee1 day ago

Signs One-Year Deal With Braves
Nick Martinez1 day ago

Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Reds
Jackson Chourio1 day ago

Brewers Expected To Complete Record-Breaking Deal
Jaime Barría2 days ago

Jaime Barria Agrees With Guardians On Minor-League Deal
Joey Wendle2 days ago

Agrees With Mets
Devin Williams2 days ago

Wins NL Reliever Of The Year Award
Félix Bautista2 days ago

Felix Bautista Named AL Reliever Of The Year
Luis Severino2 days ago

Mets, Luis Severino Finalizing One-Year Deal
Drew Lugbauer2 days ago

A's Sign Armando Alvarez, Drew Lugbauer


Breece Hall - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Fantasy Football Injury Reports For Week 13 (Friday Updates): Aaron Rodgers, De'Von Achane, Jonathan Taylor, Keenan Allen, David Montgomery, Aaron Jones, Breece Hall, more

Heading into Week 13 of the NFL season, there is no shortage of big-name players in the injury headlines. The fantasy football playoffs are just around the corner, and these injuries could complicate start or sit decisions. Our injury updates and reports for Week 13 as of Friday, December 1, 2023, will give you the... Read More

Rhamondre Stevenson - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Week 13 Fantasy Football Matchups We Love: The Fantasy Matchmaker

Welcome back to the Week 13 Fantasy Matchmaker article looking at Week 12 matchups we love! This is my weekly series for RotoBaller where I look at the matchup strength for pretty much every viable fantasy football player across the fantasy skill positions. With only two weeks left in the fantasy football regular season, each... Read More

Kyler Murray - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

Week 13 Fantasy Busts? Players Who May Disappoint Include Kyler Murray, Breece Hall, D'Andre Swift, Drake London

Dodging busts with a full 16-game slate can be easy. With six teams on bye, it's a little bit more difficult. The Bills, Ravens, Vikings, Bears, Raiders, and Giants all get their week off this Sunday. It couldn't have come at a worse time with the fantasy playoffs for the majority of leagues just two... Read More

jaylen waddle fantasy football rankings news NFL DFS lineup picks

WR/CB Matchups to Target and Downgrade - Week 13 (2023)

Welcome to Week 13 of the WR/CB Matchups article. For those who are not familiar, this is a weekly series looking at fantasy football matchups for wide receivers versus the cornerbacks who are projected to cover them. During the past three seasons, I have tweaked my process to make the chart more user-friendly and predictive,... Read More

Bijan Robinson - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Rookies, Draft Sleepers

Rest of Season Half-PPR Rankings: Fantasy Football Top 200 for Week 13

December approaches and the fantasy football playoffs are on the horizon. Prepare for the championship push as best you can with our Week 13 fantasy football half-PPR rankings for the rest of 2023, as of November 30. Check where key players shifted, such as Bijan Robinson, Cooper Kupp, Zack Moss, and more. These half-PPR fantasy... Read More

Brandon Aiyuk - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News

Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em - Week 13 Matchups Analysis

What Appears In This Article? hide 1. Matchups Analysis - 1:00 ET Games 2. Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots 3. Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints 4. Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets 5. Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers 6. Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 7. Miami Dolphins at Washington Commanders 8. Denver... Read More

Najee Harris - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Booms and Busts - Fantasy Football Starts and Sits for Week 13 Lineups

Week 13 is finally here, and it might be the most important week for those fantasy managers still fighting for a playoff spot. With most leagues having their playoffs start in Week 15, there are just two regular season games left. That means if your fantasy team is on the bubble, you have to win... Read More

Kyren Williams - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Updated Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

      Fantasy Football Rankings by NFL Position ALL - QB - RB - WR - TE - DEF Above you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings, tiers, player news and stats for your 2023 fantasy football leagues. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's fantasy football rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Fantasy Football... Read More

C.J. Stroud - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Week 13 NFL DFS Prop Picks - Over/Under Prop Picks for Sleeper.com

We started this week on fire, finishing 4-0 for our Thursday picks. Last week we had a good showing finishing 10-7 in total (6-6 Thursday and 4-1 Sunday) and moving our total to 53-45. This might be my last week this season writing a Sunday prop article so I have something special lined up for... Read More

C.J. Stroud - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

FanDuel NFL DFS Week 13 Picks: Top Daily Fantasy Lineup Plays Include C.J. Stroud, Kyren Williams, Amon-Ra St. Brown, George Kittle, More

It’s Week 13, and it’s the time of the year when every game matters just a bit more moving forward. The 13-game schedule began with a Thursday night meeting between the Seahawks and Cowboys, with Dallas squeezing out a win in the high-scoring affair. Then, on Sunday, teams like the Lions and Chiefs could ascend... Read More

Tua Tagovailoa - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

Bold Predictions for Fantasy Football Week 13: Tua Tagovailoa, Najee Harris, Bijan Robinson, Mike Evans, Evan Engram

Week 13 is here, and I’m back with another edition of fantasy football bold predictions. This week’s list of bold predictions will include Tua Tagovailoa, Najee Harris, Bijan Robinson, Mike Evans, and Evan Engram. Every week, I will provide some fun and bold fantasy football predictions. While these bold predictions aren’t the most likely outcomes,... Read More

Jaylen Waddle - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL DFS Picks

PrizePicks NFL DFS Prop Picks - Over/Under Props for Week 13 (Sunday Main Slate)

Hello everybody, and welcome to our PrizePicks NFL DFS prop picks for Week 13 - Sunday Main Slate! The 2023 NFL season is underway, and that means our friends over at PrizePicks have a TON of great DFS plays we can look to take advantage of. Our partners at PrizePicks offer some of the best... Read More

Tua Tagovailoa - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, NFL Injury News

NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Weather Report

Greetings, fellow football fans! I'm Erik Salveson, the newest member of the RotoBaller family. With a longstanding passion for fantasy football, I'm thrilled to dissect the weather's influence on the gridiron. This article delves into the conditions at various NFL stadiums, unraveling the secrets behind how they shape game outcomes and player performances. Rain, snow,... Read More