NFL Week 4: Best and Worst WR/CB Matchups to Exploit and Avoid in 2022 Fantasy Football

Who to target? Who to avoid? Week 4 WR/CB matchups inbound.

Drake London is that dude.

I’m not sure if you heard of him or not, but London is a breakout star after just three games with the lowly Atlanta Falcons. Maybe it’s time we reconsider what we think of the Falcons’ offense.

Last week was a really strong week for WR/CB matchups to target and avoid.

Learn from your misses, build on your hits, and keep humble and hungry.

Let’s rock!


Garrett Wilson vs Steelers secondary

Garrett Wilson has been soaring up dynasty ranks after showing out in Week 2 and showing exactly why he was such a highly coveted wide receiver in the draft.

Wilson has lined up in the slot on 59% of his 98 routes run. He has been targeted on 31% of said routes and averages a whopping 0.49 fantasy points per route.

The Steelers have been an absolute dumpster fire on defense and have offered a rich bounty of fantasy points to the wide receiver position. Pittsburgh has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers and the third most to slot receivers. Hello, Wilson.

Elijah Moore and Corey Davis are also still highly playable options but don’t inspire as much confidence as Wilson. The only apprehension in this is the Zach Wilson – Garrett Wilson connection.

Chris Olave vs Minnesota secondary

Don’t look now, but Chris Olave has seen 13 targets in each of his last two games. He has also *checks notes* seen 536 air yards… in three games.


So… let me get this straight. Olave leads the team with 29 targets, averages 2.39 Y/RR, and has run 112 routes. Yes, please. Matchup? I don’t care.

Oh, wait… it’s Minnesota? Uhm yeah. Olave might be the play of the week, depending on the status of Jameis Winston, whose status for the game is in question after he missed the team’s first practice in London on Thursday.

Regardless, Olave will see a healthy dose of Cameron Dantzler who has been targeted on 21% of his routes in coverage and allowed 0.48 fantasy points per target, while Olave averages 0.41 points per route.

Should Winston miss the game then Andy Dalton will step up behind center and command the offense. So, possibly a slight downgrade?

Other favorable matchups: Jakobi Meyers (questionable with injury) vs Green Bay, Isaiah McKenzie vs Ravens


DK Metcalf vs Jeff Okudah (shadow)

Holy cow, Jeff Okudah has balled out in his return from injury. Let’s look at this man’s wide receiver body count.


In Week 1, Okudah didn’t shadow but allowed only 21 yards on six targets in the game. Then in Week 2, he shadowed Terry McLaurin part-time and allowed 30 yards on six targets. This brings us to his most magical trick yet… stopping Justin Jefferson in his tracks.

Jefferson posted this stat line:

  • Three receptions on six targets for 14 yards

It’s not like DK Metcalf has a Hall of Fame quarterback throwing him the ball in a delicious aerial attack. Metcalf ranks 42nd in fantasy points and would need to just dominate Okudah with his straight-line speed and freak size combination to return value. Just say no.

Christian Kirk vs Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles might have the best secondary in football. Through three weeks, the numbers bear it out. According to ESPN’s Mike Clay, the Eagles have faced the second-most WR routes and targets but have allowed the 11th fewest receptions, and only let up two touchdowns to the position.

Overall, the Eagles have allowed the fewest fantasy points over expected to wide receivers this season.

Christian Kirk will see a healthy dose of either Darius Slay or James Bradberry when lined up outside and doesn’t exactly have a cakewalk matchup against Avonte Maddox in the slot.

Kirk is still flexible but if there are any other favorable options then perhaps they should be slotted in instead.

Other risky matchups: Terry McLaurin vs Trevon Diggs, Amari Cooper vs AJ Terrell


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