Grading Week 10 NFL WR/CB Matchups: Can Mike Evans Best Patrick Peterson?
USA Today Sports. Pictured: Mike Evans, Patrick Peterson
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is likely to draw shadow coverage from Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson.
- Matthew Freedman breaks down that matchup and grades every wide receiver/cornerback matchup for Week 10.
Wide receiver-cornerback showdowns might be the most important individual matchups in football.
In this piece, I leverage snap data from Pro Football Focus to project NFL Week 10 WR/CB matchups.
For more, see the FantasyLabs Matchups page, where we provide basic and advanced data — including fantasy and red-zone performance — for each offensive skill-position player based on his matchup.
Also consult our Week 10 injury report for status updates on receivers and corners. I will update this piece over the weekend.
Let’s start with this week’s featured matchup and then run through all the wide receiver situations and sort through my matrix featuring every matchup.
WR/CB Matchup of the Week
Buccaneers WR Mike Evans vs. Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson
In past seasons, if a wide receiver — any wide receiver — were facing Patrick Peterson, he’d get an automatic downgrade in projections and rankings.
But in his three games this year since returning from a six-game suspension, Peterson has been rough, allowing an 82.4% catch rate, 204 yards and two touchdowns.
Granted, two of his games came against wide receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders — but in the past he was rarely embarrassed the way he has been this year, and that was with him shadowing No. 1 receivers almost every week.
And this week he isn’t facing just any No. 1 receiver: He’s facing THE No. 1 receiver.