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Fantasy Football: 4 WR/CB matchups to target and 5 to avoid in Week 15

Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) and Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Rayshawn Jenkins (2) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Week 15 of the fantasy football wide receiver-cornerback matchups to target and avoid features Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage, who has developed into a high-floor fantasy football option as his team's No. 1 receiver.

Utilize PFF’s WR/CB matchup chart and in-depth coverage data to help set the best lineups for Week 15 and the rest of the season.

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4 WR/CB Matchups to Target

WR Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans vs. CB Ahkello Witherspoon, Pittsburgh Steelers

It may have taken a while, but Jones’ return was refreshing. In his first game back from injured reserve, the veteran wideout put together a four-catch, 33-yard performance that totaled just under 8.0 fantasy points. Jones wasn’t going to be run into the ground in his first game back but looked comfortable and healthy.

Jones' Week 15 matchup is exploitable, though it’ll depend on whether Jones’ target share (17.9%) increases. Witherspoon has done a relatively good job of limiting catches, with just a 57.9% completion rate allowed, but he does rank eighth in yards per coverage snap and fourth in receiving yards per reception given up (17.8) among cornerbacks with 10-plus targets.

As long as Julio and Ryan Tannehill can remain on the same page, he should put together a startable WR3 week.

PFF’s WR/CB Matchup Chart is a fantasy football tool you can use to help set the best lineups. You can toggle between showing the Matchup Advantage column against all projected coverage or the individual defenders.
WR Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons vs. CB Ambry Thomas, San Francisco 49ers

Gage isn’t a household name yet, but he has become a useful fantasy football option, scoring double-digit fantasy points in four straight games. Anybody capable of securing the WR11 spot over the past four weeks needs to be talked about, and he is now on the map as a player we need to consider in a WR3/FLEX spot with WR2 upside.

Thomas’ availability is yet to be determined, but he's allowing the most receiving yards per coverage snap and fantasy points per route among all qualifying cornerbacks. His efficiency has been so subpar that he leads the second-worst cornerback by a full 0.43 yards per coverage snap.

WR Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears vs. CB Bashaud Breeland, Minnesota Vikings

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