This is it. The NFL regular season is over and now it’s win or go home for 8 teams. This week offers a nice mix of studs and sleepers so there will be lots of options in DFS. Let’s help make those decisions easier by looking at the wide receiver/corner back matchups for Wild Card weekend.
Oakland @ Houston
Amari Cooper, OAK
Cooper lines up on the left almost 60% of the time which means he will spend the majority of the game matching up against stud corner A.J. Bouye (ranked 4th). If there are any positives to take away from the matchup it’s that Cooper did post a 4-57-1 line against Houston in week 11 but that was with Derek Carr throwing him the ball. Connor Cook did look Cooper’s way 6 times in 21 throws in week 17 so the targets should be there. Cooper makes for an interesting pivot from the top guys this week in DFS.
Michael Crabtree, OAK
Crabtree lines up primarily on the right so he’ll see a lot of Jonathan Joseph (ranked 60th). The big question mark for Crabtree this week is how will he be targeted with Cook at quarterback. Cook seemed to prefer Cooper in week 17. Still, Crabtree has the better matchup and will likley be very low owned due to Cook making the start.
Seth Roberts, OAK
Roberts will draw slot corner Kareem Jackson (ranked 41st) this week. Roberts was a forgotten man with both Matt McGloin and Cook at quarterback and should likely be forgotten in all fantasy formats as well.
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
Hopkins lines up primarily on the left which means he will see a lot of Sean Smith (ranked 26th). Add in the fact that Osweiler is back and Hopkins becomes hard to trust again as the entire offense struggles with Osweiler under center. Hopkins is priced relatively high on most sites so he doesn’t really present a bargain either.
Will Fuller, HOU
Fuller’s matchup on the right isn’t much better as he’ll line up against David Amerson (ranked 39th). Fuller is nothing more than a boom/bust play this week as he’ll likely need to connect on one or two deep balls from Osweiler to pay off.
Detroit @ Seattle
Golden Tate, DET
Tate lines up all over the field so he’ll see a mix of Richard Sherman (ranked 14th), DeShawn Shead (ranked 34th) and slot corner Jeremy Lane (ranked 85th). Tate is the clear-cut number one on this team but in a tough matchup and with Stafford’s struggles he makes for a tough start.
Marvin Jones, DET
Jones lines up primarily on the outside so he’ll see Sherman and Shead all day. Already barely startable in most formats the matchup this week doesn’t help. He’ll need to hit pay dirt to pay off this week.
Anquan Boldin, DET
Boldin draws the only “soft” matchup this week against Lane in the slot. Boldin is one of my sneaky DFS starts this week as he quietly led the Lions with 24 red zone targets and 7 touchdowns. If the Lions are going to score a touchdown this week it will likely be in the hands of Boldin.
Doug Baldwin, SEA
Baldwin is coming off a disappointing week 17 against San Francisco but now gets Asa Jackson (ranked 113th) at home. Baldwin should have no problem getting open and with the Seahawks being big favorites should be in line for a good day. His ownership will likely be lower too after his poor showing last week.
Jermaine Kearse/Paul Richardson, SEA
Kearse and Richardson will line up against Darius Slay (ranked 16th) and Nevin Lawson (ranked 32nd). Both saw 7 targets last week but Richardson caught 4 while Kearse caught just 2. Both are nothing more than money-savers this week though I’d lean Richardson if I was going to play either.
Miami @ Pittsburgh
Jarvis Landry, MIA
Landry will line up against slot corner William Gay (ranked 10th). Landry has had a disappointing 2016 and I don’t expect things to get much easier this week, especially with the Dolphins being such big underdogs on the road.
DeVantae Parker, MIA
Parker lines up primarily on the outside which means he will see Ross Cockrell (ranked 30th) and Artie Burns (ranked 45th). Parker has only seen targets of 4, 7 and 7 with Matt Moore at quarterback but makes for a nice boom/bust play in DFS tournaments.
Kenny Stills, MIA
Stills lines up all over the field and will see a mix of all Pittsburgh corners. Stills has been Moore’s favorite target with a 23% target share since Tannehill got hurt. If you’re looking for a cheap tournament play with low ownership Stills fits the bill nicely.
Antonio Brown, PIT
Brown lines up primarily on the outside and will see a mix of Tony Lippett (ranked 55th) and Xavien Howard (ranked 104th). Brown should have no problem getting separation and will be close to the chalk (along with OBJ) this week.
Eli Rogers, PIT
With Ladarius Green still in concussion protocol and looking unlikely to play, Rogers could make for a cheap option against slot corner Bobby McCain (ranked 69th). In games Green missed Rogers averaged almost 2 extra targets. If you’re looking to save a buck he can do it for you.
NY Giants @ Green Bay
Odell Beckham, Jr., NYG
The Giants have used Beckham all over the field down the stretch so he will likely see his share of Ladarius Gunter (ranked 48th), Damarious Randall (ranked 117th) and slot corner Micah Hyde (ranked 62nd). Beckham will likely be the chalk this week and for good reason as he’s one of the leagues top receivers in a good matchup.
Sterling Shepard, NYG
Shepard will line up against slot corner Micah Hyde. With Beckham as the clear number one Shepard will likely need a touchdown to pay off this week. His ownership should be low however so he could make for a sneaky play in tournaments.
Jordy Nelson, GB
Nelson is likely to be shadowed by Janoris Jenkins (ranked 8th). Jenkins has been a stud for the Giants this year but so has Nelson. This will be a fun matchup to watch. If you’re looking for a top receiver who will be low owned Nelson fits the bill. He led everyone in red zone targets so he’s always a threat to score a touchdown even in a tough matchup.
Davante Adams, GB
Adams will draw Eli Apple (ranked 71st). Though his ranking is low, Apple has played well down the stretch as the rookie has adjusted to the NFL game. Adams should see plenty of targets in this one though but still makes for a tough start in a bad matchup.