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.
Top tight end matchups
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins — This could be a breakout for ASJ. The Bears allow 70.7 yards receiving per game to tight ends and over the last five weeks have allowed 27.4 PPR fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. That average is the highest by far in the NFL.
Larry Donnell vs. Dallas — Donnell is a good sleeper this week. The Cowboys are the second-least effective team against tight ends this season and allowed the eighth-most points per game over the last five weeks to them.
Jason Witten vs. New York Giants — The Giants have given up 16.3 PPR fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, the sixth highest average in the league.
Vernon Davis vs. Washington — After a big game early, Davis has disappeared. He’s had good matchup since but hasn’t done anything with them, so I can’t recommend starting him here.
Scott Chandler vs. New York Jets
Dion Sims/Gator Hoskins vs. Denver — Charles Clay is out in what would have been a great matchup for standard and daily fantasy football leagues. Instead we get Dion Sims and Gator Hoskins.
Eric Ebron vs. New England — The Patriots gave up 19.3 fantasy points per game to tight ends over the last five weeks. Thats’ the second-highest average in the NFL. Ebron isn’t a must-play, but he provides and interesting contrarian option in daily fantasy.
Worst tight end matchups
Jermaine Gresham vs. Houston — The Texans allowed an average of 7.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends over the last five weeks.
Julius Thomas vs. Miami — Thomas is on the injury report and I don’t expect him to play. Jacob Tamme could replace him and provide some value at tight end. The Broncos could also opt to use more wide receivers, giving Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell more opportunities.
Andrew Quarless/Richard Rodgers vs. Minnesota
Jace Amaro vs. Buffalo
Delanie Walker vs. Philadelphia
Jimmy Graham vs. Baltimore — You’re not going to bench Graham in any matchup. Graham is also a strong play in DFS this week despite the matchups.
Owen Daniels vs. Baltimore
Garrett Graham vs. Cincinnati
Coby Fleener vs. Jacksvonille — The volume of passes that should go Fleener’s way should make a liar out of this matchup.
Rob Gronkowski vs. Detroit — Yep, all the big name tight ends have bad matchups this week. I’m not too concerned about Gronk either.
Martellus Bennett vs. Tampa Bay
Levine Toilolo vs. Cleveland
Zach Ertz/Brent Celek vs. Tennessee