Player match-ups matter

If your fantasy football team is stacked with studs, from top to bottom, you don’t need to read this blog. However, if you’re like most of us, you’ve got some tough decisions to make each week on who to start and who to bench.

One of the key factors you should consider are match-ups. Every week your players line up against new guys on defense. With these new guys comes new factors that impact your players. A new supporting cast, a new scheme, and new coaches.

This data should be studied and factored into lineup decisions. Let me give you an example. When I was setting my lineup this week, I had put Allen Robinson in the flex. With Golden Tate on bye, he was the highest ranked player on my roster.

But Robinson is facing a Dolphins defense which has held opposing wideouts to the sixth-fewest PPR points per game. Dolphins cornerback Xavier Howard is tough, and Robinson might face shadow coverage or double coverage, to boot.

On the other hand, I had DeSean Jackson on my bench. ESPN is projecting him to score only 10.8 points – 1.5 less than Robinson. Averaging 106 yards per game and 19.4 fantasy points, he is facing a tattered Atlanta secondary that could be easy prey.

I checked, and 87 percent of the “experts” recommend starting Robinson over Jackson. But I have learned that going with the pack is not all the best decision. So, I’m starting Jackson and hoping he will help me improve to 5-1 in my league.

 

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