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.
Top WR3/4 matchups
Jacoby Jones/Kamar Aiken/Marlon Brown vs. Houston — 63.3 yards allowed — Not all three of these players will go crazy, but any one of them could be a sneaky touchdown play this week.
Brandon Tate vs. Denver — 59.7 yards allowed
Junior Hemingway/Albert Wilson vs. Pittsburgh — 57.8 yards — Until one Chiefs wide receiver has a touchdown pass I can’t recommend any of them other than No. 1 Dwayne Bowe. I do expect Wilson to make waves long term, just not this season.
Brandon Lloyd played San Diego on Saturday
Taylor Gabriel/Travis Benjamin vs. Carolina — 53.7 yards — Until we see more from Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer returns, it’s probably best to avoid all Browns players.
Damaris Johnson vs. Baltimore — 53.5 yards — Dude, if Ryan Fitzmagic were here we’d be having a much different conversation. With all of this potential wide receiver goodness it’d be foolish not to consider Case Keenum as a starter in your daily fantasy league this week. If you’re running one lineup out there, you don’t want Keenum in it. But if you’re running 20 or 40 lineups it would be smart to put Keenum in one of them.
Worst WR3/4 matchups
Philly Brown/Brenton Bersin vs. Cleveland — 29.5 yards
Brian Hartline/Rishard Matthews vs. Minnesota — 30 yards
Jaron Brown/John Brown vs. Seattle — 30.9
Cordarrelle Patterson/Jarius Wright vs. Miami — 33.7 yards
Tavon Austin/Chris Givens vs. New York Giants — 37.3 yards