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Fantasy Football: 5 WR/CB matchups to target and 5 WR/CB matchups to avoid in Week 8

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) comes up short of receiving a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Titans Steelers 102520 An 015

The NFL continues to evolve into more of a passing league, heightening the importance at the wide receiver and cornerback positions while simultaneously highlighting the importance of the matchups between said positions. Fantasy football leagues have shifted to valuing the passing game more by way of full-point PPR scoring formats, and that is why it’s incredibly important to identify and analyze the best wide receiver and cornerback matchups on a weekly basis.

Listed below are the five best wide receiver and cornerback matchups to target and the five best to avoid in the NFL’s Week 8 slate of games.

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5 WR/CB Matchups to Target

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis vs. Cincinnati Bengals CB LeShaun Sims

Davis finally returned to the field in Week 7 and put together an uninspiring yet important performance. While the receiver totaled only 35 receiving yards, he led the team in targets (10) and tied for first in receptions (six). His target share and workload will ensure continued relevance moving forward and could ultimately lead to much better fantasy football performances.

This week he opposes a struggling opponent in Sims, who allows the second-most fantasy points per route among all cornerbacks on PFF’s WR and CB matchup chart. When targeted, Sims has allowed a 123.6 passer rating in his coverage — that figure is the 24th-worst among all cornerbacks in the NFL with 10-plus targets on the season.

Davis is a smart play in Week 8, even if he isn’t capable of producing a massive stat line akin to teammate A.J. Brown. Both receivers rank second on the team in targets (29), with each playing in four games this season.

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