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Fantasy Football: 5 WR/CB matchups to target and 5 WR/CB matchups to avoid in Week 17

Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) throws the ball into the stands after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

We’re now onto the final week of the NFL regular season. This slate may be tougher to project in terms of usage rates and playing time, obviously, with some teams having already clinched playoff spots and others destined to duke it out for superior draft positioning.

Putting that aside, I’ve analyzed this week’s slate of matchups and have compiled the five most and five least desirable wide receiver and cornerback matchups to target.

5 WR/CB Matchups to Target

Los Angeles Rams WR Josh Reynolds vs. Arizona Cardinals CB Kevin Peterson

It sounds as if the Rams are going to be without Cooper Kupp in their pivotal Week 17 matchup. It may not matter much either way, as Reynolds was tied for a team-high nine targets in Week 16 (24t% target share). But if Kupp does miss this game, Reynolds’ floor and ceiling both improve, even with a backup quarterback taking the reins.

Another reason to be intrigued by Reynolds in this game is his matchup against Peterson. A former Ram himself, Peterson is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points per route (0.39) into his coverage this season, according to PFF’s WR vs. CB matchup chart.

When you take into account a strong target share, a good matchup and a potentially expanded role, Reynolds looks like a tremendous play.

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton vs. Jacksonville Jaguars CB Chris Claybrooks

The beginning of this season was rough for Hilton, but since Week 12, he’s the WR8 with his 88.8 fantasy points — a lot of that damage by way of his vertical prowess. The veteran ranks tied for first in receptions of 40-plus yards over that time frame, with three.

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