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WR/CB matchups often get overblown; putting the best corner on the best receiver isn't a practice that many teams use these days, and zone coverage is often utilized to mitigate chunk plays. However, there are instances in which the best wide receiver just happens to line up on the same time as the best corner, and sometimes the talent disparity calls for excitement. Here are some matchups that should help dictate start/sit decisions in Week 2.
If you missed my piece on the WR/CB matchups that should give you pause, you can check it out here.
1. Antonio Brown (TB) vs. AJ Terrell (ATL)
There were a lot of questions surrounding Antonio Brown heading into the season: would he command a high target share, would he look like the AB of old, and would he be productive for fantasy football rosters? All of these questions were answered in Week 1, and while the target share answer is "no," it won't matter this week. AJ Terrell has improved, but with his primary matchup being Antonio Brown this week (Terrell lined up on the left 82% of the time; Brown lined up on his side 69% of the time), you don't need to worry about starting Antonio Brown in Week 2.
2. Keenan Allen (LAC) vs. Jourdan Lewis (DAL)
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There were a lot of promising aspects of the Dallas defense in Week 1, but slot corner was not one of them. Jourdan Lewis's 35.2 Coverage Grade ranked 12th-worst in the league. He had a tough matchup in Chris Godwin; it doesn't get any easier this week with Keenan Allen. Allen should feast this week, and while everyone should always be starting Keenan Allen, a top-5 finish isn't out of the realm of possibility in Week 2.
3. Cole Beasley (BUF) vs. Nik Needham (MIA)
There's a real chance that Cole Beasley finishes ahead of Stefon Diggs when all is said and done in Week 2. Diggs has a challenging matchup (that he has dominated in the past) in Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. Beasley has a cake matchup in Nik Needham. Needham struggled to contain Jakobi Meyers, and while Meyers is talented, Beasley is one of the better slot wide receivers in the NFL. Beasley should be in flex consideration this week, as he should rack up the catches against Needham in a game in which Buffalo will want to throw the football.
4. Allen Robinson (CHI) vs. Chidobe Awuzie (CIN)
The deployment of Allen Robinson in Week 1 was fairly laughable, and it's going to cause a lot of fantasy managers to tilt in Week 2. However, Robinson saw 40% of his snaps from the slot (assumingly, in an attempt to get away from Jalen Ramsey). That won't be a weekly occurrence (unless Matt Nagy wants to lose his job). This week, he should get Chidobe Awuzie, the Bengals' top corner and one that got dusted by Adam Thielen consistently in the Week 1 matchup. Start Robinson. Don't doubt it. He should have a better performance in Week 2.
5. Justin Jefferson (MIN) vs. Marco Wilson (ARZ)
Photo by Arizona Cardinals
Similar to the aforementioned Allen Robinson performance, Jefferson's may give fantasy managers some pause heading into Week 2. The good thing? Marco Wilson will be lined up across from him. Marco was actually fairly impressive in Week 1 against the tandem of AJ Brown and Julio Jones, but a lot of that was the product of a stout pass rush. If Minnesota adjusts their game plan and gets the ball out quicker this week, fantasy managers should expect Jefferson to perform much better against the rookie corner.