WR vs. CB Matchups to Exploit & Avoid in DFS - Divisional Round
When it comes to selecting receivers in DFS, it’s important to understand who will cover them, as sometimes defense versus position stats alone don't tell the whole story. In addition, there can many times be defensive injuries that will have a significant, and perhaps hidden, effect on a receiver's matchup. Below we'll take a deeper look at the matchups that should help in your WR decisions for the Divisional round. We've advanced deeper into the playoffs, and the top-four NFL teams are now on the slate. Luckily, we can still target Damarious Randall, so all is not lost.
Note: Any unlisted matchups -- especially those of prominent WRs -- should generally be considered a push. This article is also updated throughout the week as injuries and news breaks.
Exploit: DeShawn Shead is projected to match up with Julio Jones the most this week. Shead lines up on Jones’ side of the field 70 percent of the time, while Jones has run 44 percent of his routes from the left side. Shead didn’t see much activity against Detroit, but this is shaping up to be a track meet for the Atlanta receivers. Shead is yielding 0.32 points per route, seventh most among corners this weekend. He has been targeted nearly 14 yards downfield, while Jones has nearly a 15-yard average depth of target. At home, Julio is a borderline must-play this weekend.