Fantasy football is all about the matchups, especially when it comes to wide receivers versus corner backs. 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.
Week 2 matchup upgrades
Julio Jones vs. Carolina – Jones got off to a hot start to 2018, racking up 10 catches on 19 targets. He should have no problem filling the stats sheet again this week with a plus matchup on tap against the Panthers. Jones will see his share of rookie Donte Jackson, who struggled somewhat in his debut and allowed three catches on five targets. Look for Jones to have his way with the second-rounder. Also, keep in mind that Jones led all receivers with three end-zone targets in Week 1.
DeAndre Hopkins vs. Tennessee – Though he didn’t put up big fantasy numbers in Week 1, Hopkins did notch a solid eight catches on 11 targets. Look for the heavy volume to continue for Hopkins this week. He draws a favorable matchup with primary coverage projected to come from Malcolm Butler. Kenny Stills torched Butler last week for 86 yards and a score on two catches. Hopkins is in the mix to finish as this week’s top fantasy wideout.