Grading Week 10 NFL WR/CB Matchups: Can Mike Evans Best Patrick Peterson?


USA Today Sports. Pictured: Mike Evans, Patrick Peterson

Nov 05, 2019, 09:00 AM EST
  • 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.

For Week 10 odds, check out PointsBet, where Action Network users can access an exclusive promotion to get a 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).

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.

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