Week 4 Fantasy Football Defensive Matchup Exploitation: WR

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Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) reacts after picking up a first down against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Packers 34-28. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Matchups can make or break a receiver. We’ve seen Anquan Boldin put up 200 yards against the Packers and then be held to seven yards by the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman just days later. If you own Andre Johnson, I wouldn’t bet on him against Sherman this week nor Larry Fitzgerald against Darrelle Revis.

On the flip side, the Broncos trio, the Pats WR platoon, Dez Bryant, and Anquan Boldin have some of the most appealing matchups of the week.

Let’s take a look at all of the most and least favorable matchups of the week based on how many fantasy points each defense has allowed to opposing wide receivers.

Browse Defensive Matchup Rankings by Position: QBRBWRTE

 Highly Unfavorable, Unfavorable, Neutral, Slightly Favorable, Favorable

Rank
vs
WR

WR
FPS
Allowed

Defense

Week 4 Opponents

1

17.3 Seahawks Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins

2

20.1 Buccaneers Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts

3

20.5 Steelers Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Cordarrelle Patterson

4

27.1 Jaguars Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey

5

32.1 Patriots Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas

6

32.5 Lions Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery

7

33 Chiefs Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Ruben Randle

8

34 Dolphins Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem, Kenny Stills

9

37.2 Cardinals Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams

10

37.9 Saints Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson

11

38.5 Raiders Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, Santana Moss

12

38.9 Vikings Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery

13

44.6 Colts Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders

14

44.7 49ers Chris Givens, Tavon Austin, Austin Pettis

15

45.6 Texans Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin

16

46.2 Bengals Josh Gordon, Greg Little, Davone Bess

17

47.2 Giants Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery

18

49 Broncos DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper

19

49.2 Browns A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu

20

51.1 Jets Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright

21

51.6 Titans Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley

22

53 Bears Calvin Johnson, Ryan Broyles, Patrick Edwards

23

53.2 Bills Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown

24

55.9 Panthers BYE

25

58.9 Chargers Dez Bryant, Miles Austin (Q), Terrance Williams, Dwayne Harris

26

66.1 Ravens Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods

27

67 Falcons Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola (Q)

28

69.3 Cowboys Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal

29

69.5 Packers BYE

30

69.9 Rams Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton

31

70.3 Redskins Denarius Moore, Rod Streater

32

80.1 Eagles Demariyus Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker

*Values based on Yahoo standard scoring.

Browse Defensive Matchup Rankings by Position: QBRBWRTE

Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.
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