This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
I rely on my own research and my work on weekly projections for this matchups column, writing the entire thing before I look at any rankings or projections from other fantasy writers. I also like to think I'm capable of recognizing a useful tool when I see it, and we've got a good one here at RotoWire with the new addition of composite rankings based on DFS salaries, weekly projections and Jeff Erickson's value meter.
I still trust my own judgement above all else, but I'm not too proud to rely on other opinions/rankings as a tiebreaker for some of those start/sit decisions that feel impossible. It's good to have something new for the toolbox, especially given my bad habit of hoarding WR3/4 types on fantasy teams. (We all have our weaknesses, right?)
Before we get into specific players, here are some of my favorite tools for analyzing matchups and determining player valuations each week:
- Jeff Erickson's value meter
- RotoWire's weekly projections
- RotoWire's weekly composite rankings
- Betting odds
- RotoWire's pages for advanced stats and TE route data.
- Pace stats and DVOA from Football Outsiders
- Next Gen Stats from NFL.com
- Player Grades and Premium Stats from Pro Football Focus
- Personnel Grouping Frequencies and Run:Pass Ratios from SharpFootballStats.com
- Opponent and teammate injuries
- Target share
- Snap counts
- Defense vs. Position stats
Note: Discussion below mostly is limited to players that are being started in 10-to-90 percent of lineups on Yahoo. There are plenty of other players with good or bad matchups,