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 RB receiving matchups
Roy Helu/Alfred Morris vs. Indianapolis — 57.9 yards allowed per game
Matt Forte played Detroit on Thursday
Andre Ellington/Michael Bush vs. Atlanta — 53.2 allowed
Eddie Lacy/James Starks vs. New England — 48.8 allowed
Le’Veon Bell/Dri Archer vs. New Orleans — 48
Bishop Sankey/Dexter McCluster vs. Houston — 46.7
Doug Martin/Bobby Rainey/Charles Sims vs. Cincinnati — 46.3
Jamaal Charles vs. Denver — 46.1
Denard Robinson/Jordan Todman/Toby Gerhart vs. New York Giants — 45.7
Justin Forsett vs. San Diego — 45.1
Tre Mason/Benjamin Cunningham vs. Oakland — 45
Arian Foster vs. Tennessee — 22.1 yards allowed per game
Marshawn Lynch played San Francisco on Thursday
Dan Herron/Trent Richardson vs. Washington — 30.5
Ryan Mathews/Branden Oliver vs. Baltimore — 32.1
Lamar Miller vs. New York Jets — 32.8
Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram vs. Pittsburgh — 33.8
Steven Jackson/Devonta Freeman/Jacquizz Rodgers vs. Arizona — 34.4
Matt Asiata/Ben Tate vs. Carolina — 34.5
C.J. Anderson/Juwan Thompson vs. Kansas City — 34.8
LeSean McCoy/Darren Sproles played Dallas on Thursday
Fred Jackson/Anthony Dixon/Bryce Brown vs. Cleveland — 35.8
Marcel Reese/Darren McFadden vs. St. Louis — 35.8