USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Patrick Peterson (21), Julio Jones (11).
- Week 15's WR/CB matchups will feature two players who know each other well: Falcons receiver Julio Jones and Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson.
- Nine other wide receivers are likely to draw shadow coverage. We also break down plus and minus matchups.
I’ll be breaking down the top wide receiver/cornerback matchups every week throughout the 2018 NFL season.
Below is a data-driven analysis of the week’s best passing-game matchup, eight potential shadow matchups and an additional nine potential non-shadow matchups. At the end, I’ll wrap up with a quick look at plus and minus matchups.
Matchup of the Week
Rams Offense vs. Eagles Defense
The Bears managed to hold the Rams’ high-octane offense to just six points last Sunday night. This marked the first time all season the Rams have scored fewer than 23 points, and just the third time they were held below 30.
The Bears were able to accomplish this thanks to their absurd pass rush and talented cornerbacks. The Eagles certainly boast plenty of capable bodies across their tenacious defensive line, but they also might have the league’s single-worst group of cornerbacks at this point.
- Starting corners Ronald Darby (knee) and Jalen Mills (foot) are both on the injured reserve list and done for the season.
- Both Sidney Jones (hamstring) and Avonte Maddox (leg) are far from 100% and not guaranteed to suit up Sunday night.
- Rasul Douglas is a former 2017 third-round pick and probably the best remaining cornerback on the roster. PFF has graded Douglas as their 47th best corner this season.
- Chandon Sullivan is an undrafted free agent who has played 87 career snaps on defense.
The Eagles were forced to play starting safety Malcolm Jenkins as a slot corner on a season-high 39 snaps in Week 14 against the Cowboys. Jenkins is one of the league’s few safeties capable of holding his own as a nickel back, but the same can’t be said for the rest of the secondary.
Overall, only the Saints have been worse than the Eagles in receptions (192) yards (2,543) and DraftKings PPG (43.8) allowed to the wide receiver position this season.
Robert Woods (46 targets) has been featured ahead of Brandin Cooks (38), Todd Gurley (27) and Josh Reynolds (26) during five games without Cooper Kupp (knee, IR) this season. Each player is firmly in play across all fantasy formats in a matchup featuring a week-high 53.5-point over/under.
The Week 15 Shadow Club
Not many cornerbacks are consistently asked to travel with the opposition’s No. 1 wide receiver, but we can expect the following eight teams to regularly line up across from their opponent’s top receiver in Week 15.