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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.
It may seem like a no-brainer to start Hopkins every week, but there is some added incentive this week against his former team. Hopkins may not be targeted as heavily this season (6 targets in 2021 compared to 9.9 targets in 2020) but he has a great matchup against Hargreaves on the outside. Hargreaves has been benched once this season already and is giving up the most fantasy points to left outside receivers. This week has revenged game written all over it as Hopkins wants to show Houston what they gave up on. Game script may play a role this week as Arizona may be up early, but Hopkins should have more than enough opportunity against one of the worst secondaries in the league.
The Washington defense has simply not looked good so far this season. The secondary looked like it would be a strength coming into the season, but it is currently allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. A lot of this has to do with volume and that is only going to be made worse with Aaron Rodgers coming to town. Adams is a must-start every week but this week he is going to be worth the heavy price tag in daily fantasy. This secondary has been targeted early and often this year and that should continue this week against Green Bay. Consider a Rodgers and Adams stack this week as the Packers offense should have no problem with this Washington secondary.
The Atlanta Falcons have been a mess this year. The secondary has not shown improvement outside of A.J Terrell and teams are taking advantage. Waddle has become a major weapon for the Dolphins and is lining up all over the formation. Despite the quarterback issues and all of the trade rumors, Miami has a great matchup this week and should get things back on track. DeVante Parker has been dealing with injuries and Waddle has become the go-to receiver in this offense. Look for another productive week for Waddle in this great matchup.
Something has been off in Kansas City. Whether it has been drops or deflected interceptions there has not been anyone immune to it. Hill has been the definition of boom or bust this season with 3 top 10 WR weeks and 2 outside of the top 45. This week he has a great matchup against an injury-riddled Titans’ secondary. Molden is slated to handle slot duties after injuries to Kristian Fulton and Caleb Farley. This is a great week for a boom game from Hill and the rest of the Chiefs’ wide receiver group. Fire up Hill without worry this week with a chance at a top 10 WR finish against this secondary.
The Miami secondary has not been as fierce as it has in the past this season. Both Byron Jones and Howard have been dealing with injuries and this has allowed more big plays. Ridley is the main weapon for this Atlanta offense and is going to see his target share increase the rest of the way. Kyle Pitts is starting to draw more coverage on the inside and this is going to open things up for Ridley on the outside. Look for the connection with Matt Ryan to pick up and for Ridley to have one of his more productive games of the season this week.
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