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By utilizing our play-by-play data, we’re able to identify defensive schemes and where each wide receiver and cornerback lines up on each play. By tracking these WR/CB matchups, including potential shadow situations, we can offer the best projections, rankings, sit/start decisions and fantasy advice each week. Fantasy football is a weekly game, so knowing the matchups can also help you make the best waiver wire pickups.

Below are the receivers with the best and worst Week 3 matchups, as well as the corresponding fantasy impacts. To view the primary defenders the top three wide receivers for each team will see this weekend, be sure to check out our weekly WR vs. CB Cheatsheet. Note that, unless otherwise noted, references to where teams rank in statistical categories adjust to a per-game basis in order to avoid distortion due to bye weeks.

Advantageous Matchups

Rams’ Cooper Kupp vs. Buccaneers’ Ross Cockrell

Kupp is the top-scoring wide receiver in fantasy through two weeks and he’s a good bet to keep rolling in Week 3. Having aligned in the slot on 68% of his routes this season, he’s set up for a matchup with Cockrell, who has aligned inside 79% of the time since replacing injured Sean Murphy-Bunting as the Buccaneers’ primary slot corner. Just like perimeter corners Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean, Cockrell has been heavily targeted — but unlike them, he’s struggling, having allowed more than double the fantasy production they have on a per-snap basis.

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