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Fantasy Football: 5 WR/CB matchups to target and 5 to avoid in Week 12

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) pulls in a pass in front of New York Jets cornerback Bryce Hall (37) to score a touchdown Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, during a game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Week 12 of the fantasy football wide receiver-cornerback matchups to target and avoid features a former superstar who recently joined a new team in Odell Beckham Jr. and a budding star in Elijah Moore.

Utilize PFF’s WR/CB matchup chart and in-depth coverage data to help set the best lineups for Week 12 and the rest of the season.

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5 WR/CB Matchups to Target

WR Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts vs. CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Colts didn't need much from Pittman this past week, and it resulted in a 4.3-point performance. However, we shouldn’t let a quiet game cloud our judgment — Pittman is still the WR13 in scoring and has scored 10-plus fantasy points in all but three contests this season.

Pittman will spend time being guarded by every Bucs cornerback, but Murphy-Bunting presents a juicy matchup for the second-year receiver. The third-year cornerback just returned from injury and is allowing the third-most receiving yards per coverage snap among all qualifying cornerbacks on PFF’s WR/CB Matchup Chart.

WR Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans vs. CB ISAIAH DUNNNew York Jets

Cooks is a risky play, but a player of his caliber is a near must-start for all fantasy rosters. He’s been inconsistent recently, scoring double-digit fantasy points just three times in five games since Week 6. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s return should help, and so should his matchup against Dunn and the Jets.

Dunn has been targeted just seven times this season but has brutal marks across the board. His 141.1 passer rating allowed, 26.5 receiving yards allowed per reception and 2.72 yards allowed per coverage snap are all the worst marks on this roster by a large margin.

WR Odell Beckham Jr., Los Angeles Rams vs. CB KEVIN KING, Green Bay Packers

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