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

A new week of NFL action is upon us, which means it’s time to officially set our fantasy football and DFS lineups. The game within the game starts on the boundaries between the wide receiver and cornerback positions. The quality of matchup is oftentimes the difference between a productive and a non-productive week for the league’s top receivers. Listed below are five of the most favorable and five of the most unfavorable wide receiver and cornerback matchups in Week 4.

5 WR/CB Matchups to Target

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp vs. New York Giants CB Darnay Holmes

Kupp is proving to be one of the elite receivers in today's NFL with his second-ranked overall PFF grade at the wide receiver position. On the season, he has pulled in 18 receptions on 20 targets for 228 receiving yards and one touchdown — totaling 48.7 fantasy points on the season, which ranks him as the current WR15.

Holmes is a tremendous matchup for Kupp, with the corner ranking 13th in most fantasy points allowed per route, according to PFF’s WR and CB matchup chart. Holmes has also allowed the fifth-most yards per reception. Both of these brutal rankings provide Kupp with a 73% advantage for the week. That figure tops the chart by a wide margin, and the Rams’ receiving corps also faces the easiest matchup of the week, per PFF’s strength of schedule (SoS) metric.

New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders vs. Detroit Lions CB Jeffrey Okudah

The 2020 season has not gone as planned for Sanders, the Saints or the folks who drafted Sanders in fantasy football. The veteran receiver currently ranks as the WR49, and that includes the uptick in his target share due to his teammate Michael Thomas being sidelined. Sanders has been targeted only 13 times on the season, pulling in eight of those for receptions. While he and Drew Brees have yet to create the necessary chemistry to dominate, he does have one of the higher ceilings in Week 4 in a matchup against struggling rookie Jeffrey Okudah.

Okudah has allowed the second-most fantasy points per route and the most yards per reception among all cornerbacks. And he has also surrendered the seventh-most receiving yards in his coverage (200) among all cornerbacks in 2020. Sanders has a legitimate shot to dominate this week with Okudah expected to be his primary coverage defender.

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