This is Week 7 WR-CB Matchups! Each passing week of the NFL season means that we have more information about teams, players, and strengths and weaknesses of defenses. Because of this, we were able to correctly identify Drake London and Tyler Lockett as fades in Week 6. Lockett finished with a season-low 3.7 (No. 65) fantasy points, while London finished with his second-worst performance of the season with 7.0 (No. 49) fantasy points. Let’s carry the momentum into Week 7 as we identify wide receivers to FADE or PLAY this week.
Let’s recap what I’m looking to accomplish in this series:
- Firstly, I’m targeting players who are STARTING in over 50-percent of Sleeper Leagues to FADE. I believe that these WRs will finish outside the top-30 wide receivers for the week.
- Secondly, I’m targeting players ROSTERED in less than 50-percent of Sleeper Leagues to PLAY. These are your desperate WR2 and/or FLEX plays. I believe these wide receivers will finish inside the top-30 WRs for the week.
- Finally, the players I recommend playing I would play OVER players I recommend fading.
FADE – Terry McLaurin (CB Matchup: Jaire Alexander – No. 11)
Terry McLaurin has been predictable the past three weeks. He struggled against a top corner in Week 4 when he faced Trevon Diggs, put up top-30 numbers against a porous Titans secondary in Week 5, and finished with another bad performance against Jaylon Johnson and the strong Bears pass defense in Week 6.
This week McLaurin gets Jaire Alexander and the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have allowed the fewest targets to wide receivers this season and have allowed the No. 7 fewest fantasy points to the position according to Pro Football Reference.
Alexander is top-15 in Targets Allowed, Receptions Allowed, and Target Depth. He hasn’t allowed a touchdown this season and has allowed fewer than 45 receiving yards in each game this year. McLaurin is No. 77 in Fantasy Points Per Target Vs. Man Coverage and No. 59 in Yards Per Route Run. Not to mention, Taylor Heinicke will start at QB this week.