Welcome to my NFL Super Bowl WR/CB Matchups to Attack and Avoid! In this article, I will be analyzing matchups that we should be looking to exploit and three matchups that we should be looking to shy away from this weekend. Use these plays to better build your DFS lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel!
Best WR/CB Matchup to Attack
Deebo Samuel vs Bashaud Breeland
Deebo Samuel enjoyed a solid rookie season. Over 17 games, he posted 62 receptions for 890 yards and 6 touchdowns on 90 targets. He added 208 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground, as well. During the regular season, Samuel led the San Francisco 49ers with 17 red zone targets. He turned those into 9 receptions for 46 yards and 1 touchdown. He also flashed 30 DK point upside as a versatile offensive weapon this season.
Samuel played 43% of his snaps as San Francisco’s left outside receiver this season. He gets a matchup against Bashaud Breeland, who has played only 8% of his snaps as the Kansas City Chiefs right outside cornerback this season. He isn’t expected to shadow this weekend, moving him to the right side of the field. Breeland has been targeted on 12% of his routes covered, allowing a 56% catch rate. He also gave up 0.21 fantasy points and 1.14 yards per route covered in 2019. Breeland has graded out as Pro Football Focus’ (PFF) worst cornerback in the Super Bowl. Samuel is a high upside option, who has the potential to break the slate.
Top WR/CB Matchup to Avoid
Demarcus Robinson vs Richard Sherman
Demarcus Robinson had a few breakout games in 2019. Overall, he posted 35 receptions for 484 yards and 4 touchdowns on 61 targets. Robinson has only seen 6 red zone targets this season, turning those into 2 receptions for 18 yards and 1 touchdown. He posted 38.2 DK points against the Oakland Raiders this season, but he has scored single-digit fantasy points in every game since Week 3.
Robinson played 34% of his snaps as the Kansas City Chiefs right outside receiver this season, and he’s expected to take on that role this weekend. He’ll face off against Richard Sherman, who played 98% of his snaps as the San Francisco 49ers left outside cornerback. He has allowed a 63% catch rate, while being targeted on 17% of his routes covered in 2019. Sherman has held his opponents to 0.23 fantasy points and 0.91 yards per route covered this season. Overall, he has graded out as the best cornerback on this slate, per PFF. Robinson is a high risk option, who can be avoided on this slate.
High Upside WR/CB Matchup for GPPs
Kendrick Bourne vs Kendall Fuller
Kendrick Bourne posted inconsistent numbers throughout the 2019 season. He recorded 34 receptions for 404 yards and 6 touchdowns on 50 targets this season. Bourne has been an absurdly efficient red zone option this season. He turned 6 red zone targets into 5 receptions, 31 yards, and 5 touchdowns. He has flashed, though, scoring double-digit fantasy points in 4 of his last 10 games.
Bourne has played 53% of his snaps as the San Francisco 49ers slot receiver in 2019. He’ll matchup against Kendall Fuller, who has played 96% of his snaps as the Kansas City Chiefs slot corner. Fuller has been targeted on 16% of his routes covered, allowing a 63% catch rate. He gave up 0.36 fantasy points and 1.23 yards per route covered this season. Fuller also graded out as the second worst cornerback in this game, according to PFF. Bourne certainly comes with risk, but he’s a player that could go overlooked and comes with plenty of upside for a low price tag.
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