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Fantasy football matchups: WR/CB chart for AAF Week 4

Feb 17, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Fleet wide receiver Nelson Spruce (81) runs after catching a pass during the first half against the Atlanta Legends at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

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The WR/CB matchup chart is one of the most popular fantasy football tools we have here at PFF. It’s an invaluable tool that allows you to see matchups at a more granular level. In the past, we’ve only offered this tool for the NFL, but that all changed this season with the brand new AAF WR/CB Matchup Chart.

If you’re new to this chart, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, the chart displays primary coverage and not all coverage. We are not suggesting Receiver X will be covered by Corner Y all game. Receivers move around the formation and the percentage of routes they run from each spot is displayed on the chart. The only exception here is if we expect shadow coverage. In that case, the receiver’s name would appear in ALL CAPS. But no AAF teams used shadow coverage this season, so we do not expect any shadows in Week 4.

(Click here to see the Week 4 AAF fantasy rankings/projections.)

The most important column is the matchup advantage column in the middle. The higher the number, the better. Green is good. Red is bad. This column takes a few things into account, but the major piece of data here is PFF grades. We also show targets per route (T/R), fantasy points per route (F/R), catch rate (C%), and yards per route run/covered (YPRR/YPRC).

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Rashad Ross appears poised to again put up big fantasy numbers with the largest advantage of the week. Like we’ve seen in the past in the NFL, Ross has taken advantage of matchups out of the slot and currently leads the AAF with four receiving touchdowns. De’Mornay Pierson-El also has the advantage of facing opposing slot corners and is coming off a strong fantasy performance in Week 3. Likewise, Nelson Spruce surged into the fantasy conversation last week with two touchdowns in his first start for the fleet. He draws a plus matchup against the Memphis secondary.

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The Atlanta passing game was clicking last week with Matt Simms topping 300 yards through the air. But it’s a good idea to fade this group this week, as they get a brutal draw against the stout Arizona secondary. Likewise, it’s a good idea to avoid Kenny Bell against the Commanders outside corners.

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