Wide Receiver vs. Cornerback Matchup Analysis: Week 8

Oct 25, 2018
Wide Receiver vs. Cornerback Matchup Analysis: Week 8

When it comes to selecting receivers in DFS, it’s important to understand who will cover them. Many times, defense-versus-position stats alone don't tell the whole story or overlooked defensive injuries will have a significant effect.

Below is a chart detailing each wide receiver versus cornerback matchup for Week 8, target rates, cornerback yards per target and reception, catch rate allowed and yards per target allowed. The most important column is the last one (+/-), which indicates whether the matchup is an upgrade or downgrade for the receiver (N indicates a neutral matchup). We're starting to get an idea of who to target weekly, now that we're getting a bigger sampling of data.

After the chart, I also provide key notes such as veteran receivers who will square off against rookies, how a wide receiver matchup might affect the team's tight end, etc. There are some key injuries to watch throughout the rest of the week and this chart will be updated to reflect breaking news.

Week 8 Wide Receiver vs. Cornerback Matchups

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates WR or CB plays outside in two-wide sets. Outside of shadow situations, LWRs and RWRs generally match up with both outside cornerbacks over the course of a game, as almost every wide receiver moves around the offensive formation to varying degrees, and almost every defense plays zone coverage on at least half of its snaps.

M/U = aFPA ranking vs. WR. Tar% = targets per snap in coverage. C% = catch rate allowed. YPR = yards per reception allowed. YPT = yards per target allowed. FP/T = PPR fantasy points per target allowed.

Week 8 Wide Receivers vs. Cornerback Matchups
Day Tm WR Ht Pos Opp CB Ht M/U Tar % C % YPR YPT FP/T Shad (+/-)
Sun ARI Christian Kirk 5'11 RWR SF Richard Sherman 5'11 9 8.5% 37.5% 11.83 4.44 1.19 N -
Sun ARI Chad Williams 6'1 LWR SF Jimmie Ward 5'9 9 12.6% 50.0% 13.88 6.94 1.57 N +
Sun ARI Larry Fitzgerald* 6'3 Slot SF K'Waun Williams 6'3 9 11.5% 61.9% 14.62 9.05 1.52 N +
Sun BAL John Brown 5'11 RWR CAR Donte Jackson 5'9 19 14.2% 60.0% 11.33 6.80 1.48 Y N
Sun BAL Michael Crabtree 6'1 LWR CAR James Bradberry 5'11 19 19.9% 53.3% 13.63 7.27 1.53 N +
Sun BAL Willie Snead 5'11 Slot CAR Captain Munnerlyn 6'1 19 9.0% 71.4% 10.20 7.29 1.44 Y N
Mon BUF Kelvin Benjamin 6'5 LWR NE Stephon Gilmore 6'1 10 14.3% 39.0% 11.00 4.29 1.26 Y -
Mon BUF Zay Jones 6'2 Slot NE Jonathan Jones 5'10 10 21.5% 52.2% 13.25 6.91 1.47 N N
Mon BUF Andre Holmes 6'4 RWR NE Jason McCourty 6'0 10 14.4% 57.6% 11.47 6.61 1.42 N N
Sun CAR Devin Funchess 6'4 LWR BAL Brandon Carr 6'0 11 16.0% 50.0% 11.95 5.98 1.10 N -
Sun CAR Jarius Wright 5'10 Slot BAL Tavon Young 5'9 11 9.7% 63.2% 13.00 8.21 2.08 N +
Sun CAR D.J. Moore 6'0 RWR BAL Jimmy Smith 6'2 11 15.0% 71.4% 16.80 9.33 2.16 N +
Sun CHI Allen Robinson 6'3 RWR NYJ Trumaine Johnson 6'2 28 11.9% 52.9% 17.67 9.35 1.82 N +
Sun CHI Anthony Miller 5'11 Slot NYJ Buster Skrine 5'9 28 20.4% 63.6% 14.79 9.41 1.85 N +
Sun CHI Taylor Gabriel 5'8 LWR NYJ Morris Claiborne 5'11 28 13.9% 43.6% 12.41 5.41 1.13 N -
Sun CIN A.J. Green 6'4 LWR TB Carlton Davis 5'11 31 10.0% 42.1% 14.50 6.11 1.35 N N
Sun CIN Alex Erickson 5'11 RWR TB Brent Grimes 5'10 31 12.8% 66.7% 14.17 9.44 1.94 N +
Sun CIN Tyler Boyd 6'2 Slot TB M.J. Stewart 6'1 31 16.1% 76.0% 12.05 9.16 2.40 N +
Sun CLE Jarvis Landry 5'11 Slot PIT Mike Hilton 5'11 16 12.8% 57.9% 12.09 7.00 1.28 N -
Sun CLE Damion Ratley 6'3 RWR PIT Joe Haden 5'9 16 16.0% 47.1% 11.06 5.21 1.17 N -
Sun CLE Antonio Callaway 5'11 LWR PIT Coty Sensabaugh 5'11 16 11.4% 53.8% 13.57 7.31 1.73 N +
Sun DEN Demaryius Thomas 6'3 RWR KC Orlando Scandrick 5'11 26 18.1% 44.0% 10.50 4.62 1.14 N -
Sun DEN Emmanuel Sanders 5'11 Slot KC Kendall Fuller 5'11 26 13.0% 70.0% 13.21 9.25 2.08 N +
Sun DEN Courtland Sutton 6'3 LWR KC Steven Nelson 5'10 26 16.4% 42.3% 15.36 6.50 1.19 N -
Sun DET Kenny Golladay 6'4 RWR SEA Shaquill Griffin 6'1 14 14.2% 66.7% 11.60 7.73 1.64 N +
Sun DET Golden Tate 5'10 Slot SEA Justin Coleman 5'11 14 16.7% 60.0% 9.27 5.56 1.40 N N
Sun DET Marvin Jones 6'2 LWR SEA Tre Flowers 6'3 14 16.3% 51.9% 14.50 7.52 1.49 N N
Sun GB Randall Cobb 5'10 Slot LAR Nickell Robey-Coleman 5'8 15 10.3% 44.4% 10.25 4.56 1.23 N -
Sun GB Geronimo Allison 6'3 RWR LAR Marcus Peters 6'0 15 12.5% 59.3% 15.06 8.93 2.60 N +
Sun GB Davante Adams 6'1 LWR LAR Troy Hill 5'11 15 17.3% 50.0% 26.14 13.07 1.81 N +
Thu HOU Vyncint Smith 5'10 Slot MIA Minkah Fitzpatrick 6'0 17 11.2% 50.0% 14.91 7.45 1.25 N -
Thu HOU Will Fuller 6'0 RWR MIA Bobby McCain 5'11 17 14.4% 58.3% 12.00 7.00 1.28 N -
Thu HOU DeAndre Hopkins 6'1 LWR MIA Xavien Howard 6'0 17 10.9% 48.1% 17.08 8.22 1.97 Y +
Sun IND T.Y. Hilton 5'9 RWR OAK Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 5'11 21 15.9% 30.0% 5.33 1.60 0.46 N -
Sun IND Chester Rogers 6'0 Slot OAK Leon Hall 6'0 21 9.0% 78.6% 9.45 7.43 1.53 N +
Sun IND Zach Pascal 6'3 LWR OAK Daryl Worley 6'1 21 16.7% 87.5% 16.86 14.75 3.10 N +
Sun JAX Dede Westbrook 6'2 Slot PHI Dexter McDougle 5'11 13 2.9% 0.0% #DIV/0! 0.00 0.00 N N
Sun JAX Keelan Cole 6'1 RWR PHI Jalen Mills 5'9 13 17.6% 60.8% 19.19 11.67 2.01 N +
Sun JAX Donte Moncrief 6'0 LWR PHI Ronald Darby 6'0 13 19.1% 50.9% 12.32 6.27 1.46 N N
Sun KC Sammy Watkins 6'1 RWR DEN Bradley Roby 5'10 4 16.2% 62.5% 15.68 9.80 2.06 N +
Sun KC Tyreek Hill 5'10 LWR DEN Adam Jones 5'10 4 16.4% 41.7% 9.80 4.08 0.83 N -
Sun KC Chris Conley 6'3 Slot DEN Chris Harris 5'10 4 15.9% 50.0% 9.45 4.73 1.12 N -
Sun LAR Brandin Cooks 5'10 LWR GB Tramon Williams 6'0 24 16.3% 57.6% 9.84 5.67 1.69 N +
Sun LAR Robert Woods 6'0 Slot GB Jaire Alexander 5'10 24 18.0% 50.0% 14.90 7.45 1.55 N +
Sun LAR Cooper Kupp 6'1 RWR GB Kevin King 6'3 24 15.0% 43.8% 12.00 5.25 1.71 N +
Thu MIA Jakeem Grant 5'9 RWR HOU Johnathan Joseph 5'11 23 21.5% 56.1% 11.81 6.63 1.44 N N
Thu MIA DeVante Parker 6'3 LWR HOU Kareem Jackson 5'11 23 8.0% 42.9% 12.56 5.38 0.97 N -
Thu MIA Danny Amendola 5'11 Slot HOU Tyrann Mathieu 5'10 23 5.4% 64.3% 11.22 7.21 2.22 N +
Sun MIN Laquon Treadwell 6'2 RWR NO Ken Crawley 6'1 32 19.2% 76.9% 15.70 12.08 2.59 N +
Sun MIN Stefon Diggs 6'0 LWR NO Marshon Lattimore 6'0 32 15.0% 57.1% 16.69 9.54 1.74 Y +
Sun MIN Adam Thielen 6'2 Slot NO P.J. Williams 6'0 32 14.4% 65.0% 16.92 11.00 2.65 N +
Mon NE Chris Hogan 6'1 RWR BUF Phillip Gaines 5'11 1 11.4% 61.5% 15.13 9.31 2.01 Y +
Mon NE Julian Edelman 5'10 Slot BUF Taron Johnson 5'11 1 12.0% 38.9% 7.00 2.72 0.99 N -
Mon NE Josh Gordon 6'3 LWR BUF Tre'Davious White 6'0 1 11.1% 42.9% 10.42 4.46 1.09 Y -
Sun NO TreQuan Smith 6'2 RWR MIN Trae Waynes 6'0 24 15.2% 52.2% 13.92 7.26 1.51 N +
Sun NO Michael Thomas 6'3 LWR MIN Xavier Rhodes 5'10 24 16.3% 56.8% 10.24 5.81 1.31 N -
Sun NO Cameron Meredith 6'3 Slot MIN Mackensie Alexander 6'1 24 15.7% 60.0% 13.00 7.80 1.38 N -
Sun NYG Sterling Shepard 5'10 Slot WAS Fabian Moreau 6'0 12 12.4% 45.8% 12.91 5.92 1.05 N -
Sun NYG Russell Shepard 6'1 LWR WAS Quinton Dunbar 6'2 12 18.5% 71.9% 10.26 7.38 2.21 N +
Sun NYG Odell Beckham 5'11 RWR WAS Josh Norman 6'1 12 11.6% 73.1% 13.47 9.85 2.18 N +
Sun NYJ Rishard Matthews 6'0 LWR CHI Prince Amukamara 5'9 25 14.7% 50.0% 19.33 9.67 2.22 N +
Sun NYJ Jermaine Kearse 6'1 Slot CHI Bryce Callahan 5'11 25 8.0% 76.5% 10.62 8.12 1.58 N +
Sun NYJ Andre Roberts 5'11 RWR CHI Kyle Fuller 6'0 25 14.4% 61.8% 13.76 8.50 1.82 N +
Sun OAK Seth Roberts 6'2 Slot IND Kenny Moore II 6'2 30 12.0% 60.9% 10.79 6.57 1.27 N -
Sun OAK Jordy Nelson 6'1 RWR IND Nate Hairston 6'0 30 11.5% 72.0% 11.28 8.12 2.01 N +
Sun OAK Martavis Bryant 6'3 LWR IND Pierre Desir 6'2 30 15.5% 58.8% 13.65 8.03 1.39 N N
Sun PHI Jordan Matthews 6'3 RWR JAX A.J. Bouye 6'1 6 14.3% 63.6% 10.43 6.64 1.30 N -
Sun PHI Nelson Agholor 6'0 Slot JAX Tyler Patmon 6'0 6 13.0% 69.2% 14.22 9.85 1.68 N +
Sun PHI Alshon Jeffery 6'3 LWR JAX Jalen Ramsey 5'11 6 15.4% 45.7% 14.44 6.60 1.46 Y -
Sun PIT James Washington 5'11 RWR CLE Denzel Ward 6'0 20 15.9% 42.9% 12.81 5.49 1.34 N -
Sun PIT Antonio Brown 5'10 LWR CLE Damarious Randall 5'11 20 9.4% 57.1% 17.44 9.96 2.00 N +
Sun PIT JuJu Smith-Schuster 6'1 Slot CLE T.J. Carrie 5'10 20 14.3% 60.7% 9.76 5.93 1.20 N -
Sun SEA David Moore 6'2 LWR DET Nevin Lawson 6'0 5 11.8% 45.5% 15.40 7.00 1.43 N N
Sun SEA Tyler Lockett 5'10 RWR DET Darius Slay 5'10 5 16.5% 64.5% 11.65 7.52 2.36 Y +
Sun SEA Doug Baldwin 5'10 Slot DET Teez Tabor 5'9 5 15.9% 69.2% 15.89 11.00 2.25 N +
Sun SF Trent Taylor 5'8 Slot ARI Budda Baker 5'10 4 11.7% 76.9% 9.85 7.58 1.53 N +
Sun SF Dante Pettis 6'1 LWR ARI Bene Benwikere 6'0 4 17.1% 50.0% 10.00 5.00 1.00 N -
Sun SF Marquise Goodwin 5'10 RWR ARI Patrick Peterson 6'1 4 13.4% 48.5% 11.38 5.52 1.22 N -
Sun TB Adam Humphries 5'11 Slot CIN Tony McRae 6'0 7 11.7% 57.1% 13.00 7.43 1.31 N -
Sun TB DeSean Jackson 5'10 RWR CIN Dre Kirkpatrick 6'2 7 14.8% 39.5% 16.35 6.47 1.32 N -
Sun TB Mike Evans 6'5 LWR CIN William Jackson 6'2 7 11.8% 51.5% 11.00 5.67 1.81 N +
Sun WAS Maurice Harris 5'8 Slot NYG Grant Haley 5'10 8 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A N +
Sun WAS Paul Richardson 6'0 RWR NYG B.W. Webb 5'11 8 11.9% 54.5% 11.50 6.27 1.17 N -
Sun WAS Josh Doctson 6'2 LWR NYG Janoris Jenkins 6'1 8 23.1% 66.7% 14.50 9.67 2.13 N +

Data courtesy of SportsInfoSolutions

Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos vs. Kendall Fuller, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs actually brought the defense last week. Fuller allowed the second-most receiving yards among the secondary, however. Overall, he's struggled in the slot and he's going to have trouble covering Sanders this week. The Chiefs corner has been the opposing QB's target on 17 percent of their throws and he's giving up a 70 percent catch rate. He's been responsible for three scores and is giving up 2.10 fantasy points per target.

Jordy Nelson, Oakland Raiders vs. Nate Hairston, Indianapolis Colts

Some targets have opened up with Amari Cooper getting traded to Dallas. This week, Nelson is the beneficiary of more looks. Over the last four weeks, Nelson has received 21 targets and he should draw Hairston in coverage for most of his routes. Hairston is allowing a 72 percent catch rate and over 11 yards per reception. He's also been responsible for two scores, resulting in just over two fantasy points per target allowed.

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks vs. Teez Tabor, Detroit Lions

The Seahawks are off their bye, and while the matchup may not look favorable, I really like Doug Balwin's matchup against Tabor. If Russell Wilson is forced to throw quick, he could look Baldwin's way more times than not. Tabor has been targeted on nearly 16 percent of opposing QB's throws and is allowing a 69 percent catch rate and 2.25 fantasy points per target. Tyler Lockett's matchup against Slay is pretty good, as well. Take advantage of the name recognition, as more people might be off Lockett because of Slay's coverage.

Davante Adams/Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers vs. Troy Hill/Marcus Peters, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams secondary hasn't been good this season, which puts both of Green Bay's outside receivers in play this week. Adams should find himself on Hill most of his routes, as he runs 56 percent of his routes as the left wide receiver. If he does move, it won't matter—the matchup will be just as favorable. Hill continues to get burned deep, allowing over 26 yards per reception and 13.1 yards per target. Peters has been responsible for five touchdowns and is allowing 2.6 fantasy points per target.

Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns vs. Coty Sensabaugh, Pittsburgh Steelers

Let's hope Callaway spends a bit more time at the jugs machine. The major concern here is the 17.4 percent drop rate. If he can build some confidence early with a few catches, he could be in for a solid fantasy day against Sensabaugh. Callaway could also see some Artie Burns coverage, which is just fine, as well. Baker Mayfield is targeting Callaway deep, as he's recorded an average depth of target (aDOT) of 14.5 yards. Sensabaugh is allowing 13.6 yards per reception and 1.7 fantasy points per target.

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts vs. Daryl Worley, Oakland Raiders

As of now, Dontrelle Inman isn't in the FD player pool (hopefully he'll be added)—otherwise, I'd write him up. He and Pascal were on the field for almost the same number of snaps last week. Hilton could be in the mix for more snaps, but if you're looking for a boom or bust value play to fit in Todd Gurley, Pascal could be it. Since being brought on by the Raiders, Worley has been targeted eight times and given up 118 yards and a TD, resulting in 3.1 fantasy points per target.

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals vs. MJ Stewart, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If you need some salary relief, Alex Erickson is in play, as well. Boyd is still cheap at $6,800 on FD for the production he's capable of. The Bengals should be able to bounce back against one of the worst secondaries in the NFL and this game is carrying a 54 point total—Cincinnati's implied total is sitting at 29.25. Stewart is being targeted on 16 percent of the opposing QB's throws and is allowing a 76 percent catch rate. He's been burned for three touchdowns and is allowing 2.4 fantasy points per target.

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