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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 6.
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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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This is the week to roll with your Commanders wideouts. The Atlanta secondary has been far-and-away the league’s worst through the first five weeks of the season. Mekale McKay remains the clear top target in the offense, but it’s worth having exposure to De’Marcus Ayers and Greg Ward. Over the last three weeks, only Rashad Ross has scored more fantasy points at wide receiver than De’Mornay Pierson-El. The Salt Lake wideout remains a premium play this week with a plus matchup on tap against Memphis.
It’s a rare downgrade for Ross this week, as he squares off against the solid Apollos secondary. Orlando enters the week as the top-graded defensive in coverage. If there was a week to fade Ross, this would be it. The Fleet wide receiver corps also gets a downgrade this week. Nelson Spruce has cooled significantly after his breakout performance in Week 3. It’s a good idea to look elsewhere for fantasy upside this week.