We should have high confidence in these matchups.
We’re only talking about matchups that meet good/bad matchup criteria for the whole season, the last five weeks and the last three weeks. If a matchup doesn’t fit in all three categories, then it has to have a significant number in the last-five-weeks and last-three-weeks.
The players are ordered based on season-long adjusted fantasy points allowed. The numbers next to the names are fantasy points allowed by position and the NFL rank in that category in the last five weeks. For receivers we’ve included the yards the defense has allowed per game to that receiver type.
Best RB receiving matchups
Matt Forte vs. New Orleans — 56.2 yards, 1st — Forte doesn’t need a good matchup to rack up receptions and receiving yards. This could be a monster week for the Bears RB.
Arian Foster vs. Indianapolis — 53.6 yards, 2nd — Like Forte, Foster doesn’t need a matchup to pile up receiving stats.
Isaiah Crowell/Terrance West vs. Cincinnati — 50.7 yards, 4th — Crowell and West haven’t been active in the Browns passing game. I’m not sure if Johnny Manziel’s arrival will change that, but we’ll find out this week. I recommend starting Crowell anyway. Receptions and receiving yards will be a bonus.
Le’Veon Bell vs. Atlanta — Another running back who doesn’t need any sort of good matchup to dominate the stat sheet.
Jamaal Charles vs. Oakland — Yes all of the good running backs have all of the good matchups this week. I can’t wait for kickoff on Sunday
Worst RB receiving matchups
Chris Johnson/Chris Ivory vs. Tennessee — 24.6 yards, 1st — While Tennessee has been really bad against running backs this season, they haven’t given up much to them through the air.
Rashad Jennings/Andre Williams vs. Washington — 28.4 yards, 2nd
Bishop Sankey/Dexter McCluster vs. New York Jets — 30.3 yards, 3rd
Doug Martin/Charles Sims vs. Carolina — 33.4 yards, 6th
Jeremy Hill/Giovani Bernard vs. Cleveland — 34.7 yards, 9th — Another reason why I’m a little hesitant to follow the crowd with Hill this week.