Multiple sets of statistics — including season-long and last-five-weeks — are used to determine the best and worst matchups of the week.
When multiple sets of statistics all point us in the same direction it increases our confidence in them.
Personally, I follow these lists more than our projections when filling out my daily fantasy lineups. Matchups should be one of the biggest parts of your lineup-making process.
Sorry ninjas, but I’m running late this week. I’m not going to be able to go into too much depth in these matchups. Next to the player name and opponent you’ll find the following numbers:
For the passing matchups, rushing matchups and tight ends, you’ll find the opponents fantasy points (PPR for runners and receivers) allowed to the position in the last five weeks. In this week’s case, that number is validated by adjusted season-long points allowed and points allowed in the last three weeks. This way we highlight only the matchups we can be most confident in.
For wide receiver, tight ends and running back receiving, I’ll also provide the defenses passing yards allowed per game to that receiver type, according to Football Outsiders.
Top passing matchups
Tony Romo played Philadelphia on Thursday
Matthew Stafford played Chicago on Thursday
Philip Rivers vs. Baltimore — 28.1 fantasy points allowed, most in the NFL
Drew Brees vs. Pittsburgh — 23.4 fantasy points allowed, sixth-most
Drew Stanton vs. Atlanta — 21.8 allowed, 10th most
Blake Bortles vs. New York Giants — 25.8, fourth-most
Russell Wilson played San Francisco on Thursday
Colin Kaepernick played Seattle on Thursday
Josh McCown vs. Cincinnati — 13.0 allowed, second-least
Brian Hoyer vs. Buffalo — 14.5 allowed, fourth-least
Matt Ryan vs. Arizona — 16.4 allowed, eighth-least
Kyle Orton vs. Cleveland — 16.2 allowed, seventh-least
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Tennessee — 15.0 allowed, fifth-least