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The best and worst fantasy WR matchups in Week 4 based on CBs

By Jeff Ratcliffe
Sep 28, 2017

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CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers gestures during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the StubHub Center on September 24, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Remember when fantasy matchup analysis used to be “Team A gives up the most fantasy points to wide receivers”? Well, we’ve moved from analog to digital and now look at matchups on an individual level. Each week, I dig through the actually coverage tendencies for all 32 NFL teams and compile this information in the WR/CB Matchup Chart, which is released on Thursday mornings.

(Bonus: At the bottom, check out the debut of the tight end matchup chart, a new tool you’ll love.)

Week 4 matchup upgrades

Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Tampa Bay – With the ankle injury a distant memory, Beckham is back as an elite fantasy play and he gets a fantastic matchup this week. He projects to see primary coverage from Brent Grimes, who was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice after sitting out last week. Unfortunately, that means Ryan Smith won’t be on the field for the Bucs, but it’s still a plus matchup for Beckham. The Bucs have gotten lit up by opposing wide receivers this season, and that continues with Beckham in this one.

Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders vs. Oakland – The Broncos receiving duo gets a nice upgrade this week against the Raiders secondary. Oakland’s starting corners have allowed a massive 71 percent of targets to be caught for a combined 327 yards and three scores already this year.

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