WR/CB Matchups to Know for Week 13 NFL Fantasy Football: Will Stephon Gilmore Shut Down DeAndre Hopkins?
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins
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 12 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 12 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 potential shadow matchups and sort through my matrix featuring every matchup.
WR/CB Matchup of the Week
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins vs. Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore
By his usual lofty standard, Hopkins is having something of a down year. After averaging 1,475 yards and 12 touchdowns in his 2017-18 All-Pro campaigns, Nuk is pacing for 1,220.4 yards and 8.7 touchdowns this year.
In other words, he’s still great.
And he’s in good form: Over the past six weeks, he’s averaged 87.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game.