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This article attempts to highlight some of the best and worst matchups for wide receivers and tight ends each week. Using player tracking data from various sources (NFL.com, Pro Football Focus, ESPN, etc.) as well as reviews of recent trends, I look for situations to exploit or avoid when setting your weekly lineups. Given that this article is intended to help across all sites (both DFS and season-long), variations in pricing and scoring systems are not taken into account so obviously, the values could shift depending on where you are playing. The main intent of this article is simply to call out some players who could be significantly helped or hurt by their situations each week.
The Minnesota defense looked great on paper coming into the season but that just has not been the case on the field They continue to deploy Patrick Peterson solely on the right side and a combination of Breeland and Cameron Dantzler on the left. The left side has been a black hole with Breeland allowing the most fantasy points of any corner. Lockett lines up all over the field but should see more than 50% of his snaps against Breeland of Dantzler. With the running game not being a main focus for Seattle right now the hot streak to start the season should continue for Lockett.
All is not right in the Tennessee secondary right now. They have allowed the most points to opposing receivers by far and have been ineffective both outside and in the slot. Pascal has been a bright spot early for the Colts with three touchdowns and could see a bump if Parris Campbell remains injured this week. The lone downside would be a first career start for Jacob Eason with Carson Wentz injured, but this is still a great secondary to take on in a first start. Even with the rookie quarterback, it is safe to fire up both Pittman and Pascal against this Titans secondary.
This should easily be the best game of the weekend slate and a potential preview of a playoff matchup later this winter. Kupp is currently the top fantasy wide receiver and should be able to keep that throne after a matchup against Cockrell in the slot. Tampa Bay has allowed the second-most fantasy points to receivers due to the high volume of throws they have been facing. Cockrell is filling in for an injured Sean Murphy Bunting and has been picked on at a higher rate than Carlton Davis or Jamel Dean on the outside. With the potent Tampa offense making teams play from behind, these corners are going to face a lot of targets this year. Kupp should see the biggest bump over Robert Woods and Van Jefferson this week.
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