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 to be considered.
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, according to Football Outsiders, instead.
When you’re setting your lineups in daily fantasy or trying to break a tie for your season-long lineup, these matchups should be one of your primary tools.
Best tight end matchups
Eric Ebron vs. Chicago — 13.5, 7th — Few passes go to the tight ends in Detroit, but Ebron and fellow TE Joseph Fauria each have touchdowns this season. Ebron could be a decent sleeper.
Jace Amaro vs. New England — 12.9 points, 11th — Amaro is second on the Jets roster with two touchdown catches, second in receptions and third in targets and receiving yards. He has a 10-catch game this season which is largely responsible for his statistics. However, he does have a 10-catch game under his belt.
Jermaine Gresham vs. Denver — 13.0 points, 10th — Like Amaro, Gresham ranks highly among his teammates. He is second in receptions, targets, yards and touchdown catches. He’s also a decent player to consider when the matchup is right.
Zach Ertz/Brent Celek played Washington on Saturday
Jason Witten vs. Indianapolis — 13.8 points, 5th
Dwayne Allen/Coby Fleener vs. Dallas — 15.4 points, 3rd — with T.Y. Hilton out, Allen and Fleener stand to benefit a bit.
Luke Willson/Cooper Helfet vs. Arizona — 13.4, 8th
Martellus Bennett vs. Detroit — 16.8 points, 1st
Worst tight end matchups
Mychal Rivera vs. Buffalo — 5.1 points, 1st
Owen Daniels vs. Houston — 8.5 points, 10th
Heath Miller vs. Kansas City — 7.3 points, 8th
Julius Thomas vs. Cincinnati — 5.7 points, 2nd
Charles Clay vs. Minnesota — 7.1 points, 7th
John Carlson vs. Seattle — 6.6 points, 4th
Chase Ford vs. Miami — 6.5 points, 3rd
Larry Donnell vs. St. Louis — 6.9, 6th