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Fantasy Football: OL/DL matchups to target and avoid in Week 18

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier (25) runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers has an ideal matchup: The Bucs' passing game is set to explode thanks to a dominant mismatch in the trenches against the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Keep riding Tyler Allgeier: The Falcons’ rookie running back will look to take some of the Bucs' pass game advantage back by dominating on the ground.
  • Hammer the under: Joshua Dobbs is set to start again this week, and there’s considerable evidence that his passing yards prop should lean toward the under.
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Whether you’re in the fantasy championship in Week 18, looking to place some prop bets, or just wanting to play some DFS, targeting the mismatches in the trenches is a great way to gain an advantage, no matter the format.

NOTE: Click here to see this week’s entire offensive line/defensive line matchup tool.

Offensive line matchups to target

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons

The Buccaneers offensive line ranks fifth in pass-blocking grade (77.6), allowing the lowest pressure rate (17.2%) and fourth-lowest total sacks (13) all year. The Falcons defensive line has been one of the most ineffective units all year in terms of pass-rush grade (53.0), ranking 31st, which has led to just 16.5 sacks (31st) and a 20.6% pressure rate (31st).


QB Tom BradyBrady and all of his receivers should benefit from this ideal matchup as he ranks inside the top 10 at his position in passing grade from a clean pocket (86.0) which has led to 22 touchdown passes and just four interceptions. This translates to Brady's big-time-throws as well as he leads the league in that category (29) from a clean pocket. Brady is the only quarterback in the league this season to have thrown for over 4,000 yards from a clean pocket, which has accounted for 89% of his total passing yardage. 

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