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 7.
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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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The Orlando passing game has been the league’s best through the first six weeks of the season, and that is likely to continue in Week 7. The Apollos wideouts all have plus matchups against the suspect Atlanta corners. Charles Johnson is an elite play, but he comes at a hefty price on Fanball at $7,700. Jalin Marshall is cheaper ($6,100) and has arguably a better matchup with primary coverage projected to come from Carlos Merritt. The Atlanta corner is allowing a 74% catch rate this season. An Arizona stack also looks appealing. Rashad Ross is expensive ($7,100), but using Richard Mullaney will save you some cap space at just $4,400.
Avoid the Atlanta wideouts this week. The Legends trio gets a rough draw against the standout Orlando secondary. Likewise, Reece Horn looks like fade candidate. Horn is coming off a big Week 6 performance but gets an unfavorable matchup against the Iron secondary. Birmingham CB Bradley Sylve is allowing just 8.0 yards per catch this season and notched his first pick of the year last week.