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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 Pittsburgh defense has not been very good this season. They lost 2 of their top players in the secondary this offseason and that has caused them to allow the 5th most fantasy points so far this season. Joe Haden continues to play well and should match up with Courtland Sutton on the outside. This will leave the Pittsburgh Sutton to cover a combination of Patrick and Kendall Hinton. This will provide for a great matchup for Patrick and could elevate Hinton as a deep sleeper this week. The days of the elite Pittsburgh defense are behind them, and this should be a good week for the Denver offense, even if Drew Lock is under center.
The Lions' secondary continues to look good if you do not pry too deep. They have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points this season but that is because they have not seen any sort of volume. If you dig a little deeper you will see they allow 17.3 yards per reception and 11.5 yards per target, both of which are the worst in the league. The Vikings as a whole had a down week on the offensive side of the ball against Cleveland but look for both Thielen and Justin Jefferson to get back on track against a very poor Detroit secondary. They may lose some targets late if the Vikings can build a lead, but there should be more than enough to go around early to upgrade both Thielen and Jefferson.
The Chiefs secondary has not played well to begin the season. They are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points and are especially weak against outside receivers. Both Stefon Diggs and Sanders play primarily on the outside and should be in line for big games. Ward is expected back from injury, but if he is unable to go it will be DeAndre Baker trying to lock up with the outside receivers. Sanders has found a new home in Buffalo and has produced over the past few weeks. Look for another solid showing as Sanders continues to build rapport with Josh Allen.
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