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 WR2 matchups
Riley Cooper played Washington on Saturday
Marqise Lee played Tennessee on Thursday
Kenny Stills/Marques Colston vs. Atlanta — 72.1 yards per game — Either Saints wide receiver is an option this week against a porous Falcons secondary.
James Jones vs. Buffalo — 69.8 yards — Buffalo’s defense has been very stingy against the pass, but they have allowed No. 2 wide receivers to do some work this season.
Devier Posey vs. Baltimore — 67.8 yards — Unfortunately, I have doubts quarterback Case Keenum will be able to take advantage of this opportunity.
Donte Moncrief vs. Dallas — 64 yards — This could be Hakeem Nicks’ matchup to take advantage of with T.Y. Hilton out, but I think Moncrief will benefit more.
Golden Tate vs. Chicago — 62.7 yards — Tate has been excellent and consistent this season. This matchup — and the Bears lackluster defense — say that will continue in Week 16.
Worst WR2 matchups
Emmanuel Sanders vs. Cincinnati — 35.9 yards allowed — Sanders is always a threat to score three touchdowns in the Broncos offense, but it probably isn’t going to happen this week. You can’t bench him in your championship game, but you don’t have to feel good about starting him.
Robert Woods vs. Oakland — 39.8 yards
Nate Washington played Jacksonville on Thursday
Vincent Jackson vs. Green Bay — 42.3 yards — Jackson has disappointed this season. Chances are if you’ve made it to the final with Jackson on your roster he hasn’t spent much time in your starting lineup.
Mohamed Sanu vs. Denver — 43.3 yards — Since A.J. Green’s return, Sanu has quieted considerably. No reason to think he goes big this week.
Marquess Wilson vs. Detroit — 46.5 yards — Last week’s Monday night hero for many is not a good start this week with this matchup on top of the quarterback change in Chicago.