Regardless of what I write here, you need to start Aaron Rodgers because he’s Aaron Rodgers.
You may be in a situation where you have to start Mike Vick. I was there this season in a couple leagues.
This list is meant to point out waiver wire players who may provide an edge you need with your starter on bye and point out players we need to consider in daily fantasy sports.
This format is different from how it’s been so far this season. I hope you like it.
To come up with these rankings, I compared Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average to fantasy points allowed to determine the strongest matchups. In theory, and on paper, the players who intersect on both lists provide the best/worst matchups. The other players to consider list are on one of the two lists.
The other players list should not be ignored. I’m definitely going to have some Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick and Blake Bortles in my daily fantasy lineups this week.
The full charts for both rankings are at the bottom of the article.
Top passing matchups
Matt Ryan, ATL vs. NO
Tom Brady, NE vs. IND
Peyton Manning, DEN vs. CLE
Joe Flacco, BAL vs. SF
Teddy Bridgewater, MIN vs. KC
Jay Cutler, CHI vs. DET
Other players to consider: Colin Kaepernick, Marcus Mariota, Andy Dalton, Eli Manning, Brian Hoyer, Blake Bortles, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford
Worst passing matchups
Josh McCown, CLE vs. DEN
Kirk Cousins, WAS vs. NYJ
Russell Wilson, SEA vs. CAR
Philip Rivers, SD vs. GB
Other players to consider avoiding: Ryan Tannehill, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Aaron Rodgers, Alex Smith, Cam Newton
FULL DVOA chart
|Philip Rivers||SD||GB||Matt Ryan||ATL||NO|
|Josh McCown||CLE||DEN||Marcus Mariota||TEN||MIA|
|Ryan Tannehill||MIA||TEN||Joe Flacco||BAL||SF|
|Russell Wilson||SEA||CAR||Teddy Bridgewater||MIN||KC|
|Kirk Cousins||WAS||NYJ||Brian Hoyer||HOU||JAC|
|Mike Vick||PIT||ARI||Blake Bortles||JAX||HOU|
Full fantasy points allowed chart
|Josh McCown||CLE||DEN||Teddy Bridgewater||MIN||KC|
|Kirk Cousins||WAS||NYJ||Colin Kaepernick||SF||BAL|
|Cam Newton||CAR||SEA||Matt Ryan||ATL||NO|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||NYJ||WAS||Peyton Manning||DEN||CLE|
|Philip Rivers||SD||GB||Andy Dalton||CIN||BUF|
|Aaron Rodgers||GB||SD||Eli Manning||NYG||PHI|
|Alex Smith||KC||MIN||Tom Brady||NE||IND|
|Cam Newton||CAR||SEA||Jay Cutler||CHI||DET|
|Russell Wilson||SEA||CAR||Sam Bradford||PHI||NYG|