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RosterWatch Week 6 Matchup Tool Now Available

alex bylineWelcome back.

This is a proprietary weekly tool provided by RosterWatch for our PRO community. You can download it as always, or use the new, sortable and user-friendly online version.

It is designed to be a decision-making tool for gauging the defensive opponents your fantasy players face. If you are new to this, our time-tested and most popular flagship tool, the instructions for use couldn’t be simpler, and can be found below.

RW PRO users can download the matchup tool (or access the online tool for use) in the downloads section of their profile by clicking HERE.

DO NOT RELY ON “FANTASY POINTS AGAINST” as your primary indicator for player matchups ever again. It is a flawed metric, as you’ll see, which will cause you heartache and struggle.

The rankings represented here are derived via a proprietary algorithm which takes into account not only standard “fantasy points against” metrics, but also (and most importantly) weighted averages and medians of separate individual player and defensive-unit scouting grades for members of the 2017 unit that will be run-stopping, pass-rushing, or covering against the position in question, along with other analytic trends including projected game-script, game-flow, Vegas indicators, volume of total snaps and much, much, more.



To use the tool, think about your fantasy player.

Let’s say you own Jets RB Elijah McGuire, and would like to see how he matches up against the defense he faces this week.

First, look down the list and find the Jets (McGuire’s team). You will see that the Jets’ opponent (OPP) is the Patriots in Week 6, and there are four color-coded cells in the horizontal columns marked “OPP vs. QBs,” “OPP vs. RBs,” “OPP vs. WRs” and “OPP vs. TEs.”


They are not the rankings for the Jets, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the Patriots). In the “OPP vs. RBs” cell for the Jets, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means McGuire faces the best possible matchup for opposing RBs in Week 6 in the Patriots. This is a great indicator for owners of McGuire or those thinking of rostering him in DFS contests.

Repeat the same process for other players on your roster as you are trying to decide which players to start and which to sit in season-long leagues. Also use it to identify which upside-plays to roster in DFS contests based on matchup.

With the launch of the online tool, you can now sort by any column: vegas line, over/under, and matchup ranks vs. each position for easy reference.

“1″ is the best (easiest) matchup, “32″ is the worst (toughest).

(you like blue matchups best)

BLUE: Best Matchups
LIGHT BLUE: Borderline Top Matchups
WHITE: Neutral Matchups
LIGHT RED: Borderline Bottom Matchups
RED: Worst Matchups

++RW Proprietary Algorithm


  1. Would you start Kupp over Martavis Bryant since Kupp works out of the slot against Jacksonville?

    Kittle or Cook at TE?

    1. I’m probably doing just that myself. Watkins and Woods will get shut down.

  2. Really looking forward to today’s Trade Cast. Made moves for Fournette and Dez last week. Wondering where you feel I could upgrade my final line up one more time. PPR league:

    Cockamamie Business (2-3):

    QB – Watson
    RB1 – Fournette
    RB2 – D. Murray
    WR1 – Dez
    WR2 – K. Allen
    TE – Engram
    FL1 – D. Parker
    FL 2 – D. Funchess
    K – Elliot
    D – Jacksonville

    M. Williams – WR (LAC)
    W. Snead – WR (NO)
    D. Henry – RB (TN)
    D. Foreman – RB (Hou)
    E. McGuire – RB (NYJ)
    IR Spot:
    G. Olsen – TE (CAR)

    1. Maybe package Demarco and another player for a premium RB.

  3. Post By apkelley47@gmail.com

    Garcon or Jeffery this week? ppr

    1. Garcon. No Josh Norman this week,

  4. I have Russell Wilson and Wentz. I’m afraid to play Wentz on a short week on the road. Do I just roll with him or pick up Palmer, Mccown or Semian? Those are the best options on the wire

    1. I have the same problem in a league and I’m just rolling with Wentz.

      1. I am rolling with Wentz too

  5. Post By westerduin37@gmail.com

    Fleener, Njoku or Kittle going forward?

  6. Lynch , ajayi , Rawls , d’onte and d Hebert
    Julio Jones , t. Hill , fuller , Aguilar
    Graham , brate

    Tried to trade fuller for McKinnon, the other team countered with Tevin Coleman …

    Should I do it ? This is standard 12 team.

    1. I’d do it. Coleman is the better player in a system where he should be more productive.

  7. What’s your thoughts on me sending Keenan Allen/ Michael Thomas + Ingram for Cooks and Howard. 1ppr?

  8. Best and most underrated tool in all of FF

  9. I have Evans, K Allen, Garcon, and Funchess
    Hunt, CJ Anderson, T Coleman, McGuire, Mixon, and Gallman

    I’m think of trying to trade for Dez or Hogan. The guy’s team stinks. He’s running with Gillislee, D Murray, and AP. His other WR are Decker, Kupp, and Beasley. What’s the cheapest package I should send, and which player should I try to grab?

  10. I’m thinking about making an offer to get Cooper at a low price. In a few leagues..I have K Allen, T Hill, D Jackson, C Davis, and Marq Lee in one.

    Dez, Garcon, D Jackson, C Davis, and Marq Lee in another.

    And K Allen, D Parker, W Fuller, C Davis, and J Kearse in the last.

    Fine with staying put with what I have, but wondering if this might be a good time to make a move, or just avoid Cooper all together.


  11. Post By Show Me Your TDs

    16 team standard
    Qb dalton mccown (just for this week)
    RB: cj Anderson, McGuire, Henry, Foreman, jamaal
    WR: Julio, Antonio, Keenan, Alshon, And Ricardo Louis
    TE: J James and Eifert (will drop if gets surgery)

    Got offered Cobb and M Ingram for Julio- probably not going to take it, but do you think I should try and counter with maybe Alshon and a RB to try and get ajayi from the same owner? Thanks looking forward to the trade pod!

  12. Can you add the data for the Chi Min game? Thx.

    PPR-sit one–Hyde, Cohen, McKinnon

    PPR- sit one–Thielen, Fuller, Thomas

  13. Drop Derick Henry for McGuire 1ppr?

    1. If you need a starter at RB this week,absolutely.

  14. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

    Should I try to move Alvin Kamara because of the unknowns (good or bad)? I have Marshawn Lynch (also want to move), CJ Anderson, Doug Martin, Buck Allen, and Joe Mixon (and Derrick Henry–is he a handcuff still worth keeping around given my depth?)

    I need upgrades at QB and TE.

    1. If this is a PPR,I’d try to move Lynch first. Maybe offer Henry to the Murray owner to see what you can get. Or Henry plus one of your other RBs for an upgrade at QB and/or TE

  15. PPR scoring

    WR: AB, Golden Tate and Keenan Allen and Garcon

    RB: Hunt McKinnon, Tevin Coleman, Powell Foreman and Cohen

    TE: Brate and Engram

    I send: Garcon
    I receive: Mixon

    Would you drop Cohen or Foreman for a WR like Mike Williams or Corey Davis?

    1. That deal seems okay although you are depleting your WR depth and adding even more to your RB depth. Maybe try to package McKinnon and Coleman for a higher end RB?

      Maybe try to trade Cohen and/or Foreman to the Howard or Miller owner first before considering dropping them.

  16. Half Point PPR – In cash games
    Brees and Gurley OR Watson and Fournette
    Which duo puts up more fantasy points?

    1. Can’t go wrong with either. I think I like Waston and Fornette slightly more,mainly because Cleveland sucks and Waston is on fire.

  17. Hey guys, love the pro info. I have one team that’s in real trouble (lost DJ week 1, and played the weekly high scorer 4 weeks in a row) at 1-4. Trying to make some moves in trades. Would you trade DJ & Hill for K. Allen? Other RBs are Martin, Lynch, Buck Allen, Aaron Jones, and Coleman. Other WRs are Cooks, Hopkins, and both Bryants.

    1. Hill as in Jeremy? Keenan Allen is a stud so if you can pull that off you’re maniacal.

      1. Now that would be maniacal. But no, Tyreek Hill.

        1. You guys are seriously cracking me up. If this is full point PPR we can live with the deal. And, if you can start up to 4 WR in a given week. It’s somewhat of a marginal upgrade. We think maybe you can get a bit more. In your situation, use Johnson to make a move that you believe clearly improves your chances of winning this week- otherwise stay put. You have. a very good roster right now.

          I wil say, we do like Keenan this week quite a bit, esp in PPR. See if you can send Cooks and DJ. That’s a bit more fair.

  18. What do you think about offering Tevin and Alshon for Aaron Rodgers?

    This would give me extra roster spots, and allow me move on from Big Ben and Rivers

    WRs: Cooks, Allen, Jeffery, Baldwin
    RBs: Gurley, Howard, Coleman, Kamara, Henry, McGuire, Gallman

    1. If you can pull it off,I do that in a heartbeat although maybe try to get a serviceable WR in return by throwing Ben in the deal as you don’t have any depth there.

      1. thx Greg, you are the man.

  19. Hey Guys-

    Need help setting my RB’s this week. I need two. A third could go in my flex but my WR’s are pretty good with B. Cooks, M. Evans, and K. Allen.

    CJ Anderson
    Duke Johnson
    Jay Ajayi
    Alvin Kamara

    Thanks for the pop and sizzle.

    1. Hmm…if PPR,I think I go CJ for the positive game script and Kamara in the highest O/U on the board. Dude’s going to be busy.

  20. Post By michael.l3wis@gmail.com

    Would you trade Jay Ajayi and Alshon Jeffery for TY?

    im stacked at RB, have Bell, hunt, Miller, martin and ajayi. Want to unload him and I’m light at receiver.

    1. Giving up too much. If you are going to trade those two,you want to get much more!

  21. I have 1 Rb and 1 Flex spot to fill.

    J. Ajayi
    Buck Allen
    J. Landry
    DeSean Jackson

    Thanks so much! Radio Gold!

    1. I say Ajayi and I think Jackson catches a bomb for a TD. Bethel has been getting torched weekly. Agholor got him for a long TD.

      1. Thanks James- I tend to agree with Gutsman, here. However, Buck deserves a long look. Let’s watch the ranking updates the next couple days – along for Trashmans Flex ranks on FRI.

  22. Post By SullyFromHouston

    Who would you start this week , Siemian or McCown? Josh has the #1 matchup but i dunno.?? I also have Kearse. 14 team ppr

    1. McCown. Not only because of the matchup and better expected game script,but he’s a Texas boy from Jacksonville,TX!

  23. Loved the tradecast Byron! Kinda got a little proud when my Rodgers question to you yesterday somewhat made it into the pod. I have that stubborn Ajayi owner that you speak of. Sent in a trade for him 3 consecutive weeks and he has only sent back shit offers in return. Time to regroup and go after other guys. I took some notes during the pod cause I’m more perverted than the Robot Genius. I noted that AJ Green is the sell high on his bye week. Is that also a chance to send in a trade offer for him because of his bye and it looks like his owner is fighting for his life mode? Hearing Evans on that buy low list got me all kinds of sick. I’ve been thinking of circling him for a bit since his owner only has one win. WRs are Brown, Allen, Hill, Hilton, Watkins, and Fuller. Do we do a 2 WRs for Evans and get that Golden Son on my roster? Or do we piece 1 WR with a RB? He actually sent me an offer of Fitz for my Doug Martin. I certainly don’t need Fitz as much as I need the monster of Mike Evans. Thanks gentlemen for all that you do! Even the Trashman can kinda get some love tonight.

    1. Thx for the listen Tanner. I would need to see your RB depth chart to know for sure. Yes- that is astute- it does also represent an opportunity to buy on Green. Different scenario with Evans- neither is necessarily a true buy low- but usually both are completely off the table. Under certain conditions, we think they can be negotiated over, and possible had right now.

      Yeah, I think if I could send Tyreek Hill and Hilton, maybe Keenan for Evans or Green. Think we lean Green right now. Sounds like the guy wants an RB- so yeah- we’d much rather ship Tyreek Hill plus a comparable RB for those WR then having to give up Hilton or KA. Can you start 4 wr?

      Having Martin and Evans may not be smartest either. This really depends.

  24. PPR, I get Ajayi and Moncrief, I send Crowder and Jerrick Mackinnon, pull the trigger ? Other backs are Dougy, Zeke and Coleman

    1. I think I’d do that although without Luck,Moncrief is kind of worthless.

      1. Thanks Greg

    2. YES

  25. Should I trade away Alvin Kamara and Terrele Pryor for Brandin Cooks

    1. I wouldn’t. Cooks is so up and down. I have him on one team and wish I could trade him but no takers so far.

      1. I also have Mixon, Hunt and Gordon at RB so I’m pretty deep there. Just looking to target a wide receiver.

      2. Thank you Greg.

    2. GOD NO

      1. Currently talking to AB Owner. What package would be good to try and get a premium player like AB on my roster?
        RB: Melvin Gordon, Alvin Kamara, Joe Mixen
        WR: Pryor, Crabtree, Funches, Dez, Desean

        1. Kamara or Mixon + Crabtree, or maybe Dez

          Or maybe Pryor + one out of Crab, Dez, or Desean – we would actually really like that for AB

  26. .5 PPR league – trade Kamara and Newton for Diggs, Funchess, and Crowell?

    1. Only if you’re currently completely desperate at WR

  27. Post By cory.miller04@gmail.com

    Standard league. Who should I start at flex between Keenan Allen and DeMarco Murray?

    1. Allen, unless Mariota plays, which we won’t know until monday

  28. I Need 1 RB and 1 flex and 1 WR. PPR
    Jordan Howard
    Desean Jackson

    1. howard, gillislee, jackson

  29. Post By tjmcpartland@gmail.com

    I was offered Watkins and buck Allen for ajayi. 1 pt ppr.

    Also, funchess fuller or James white for a flex spot? Leaning towards funchess but I could see tonight being a low scoring game even though I like the matchup. Thanks in advance

    1. no go on that trade. i think funchess offers the highest floor. i like fuller but he’s td dependent right now.

  30. Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Zak Ertz this week?

  31. Enjoyed the pod last night. Wish I had more of the Sell high guys on my squad. Looking at trying to upgrade RB2 and Flex plays.

    Is Mike Williams (the unknown) to low for Joe Mixon or about right? (We do have keeper value and Williams would carry 12 round, Mixon a 2nd.)

    Also considering sending Demarcco and Funchess for either McCoy or Gordon. I own Henry too…

    Roster today: (2-3) Watson, Fournette, Murray, Dez, K. Allen, Engram, D. Parker, D. Funchess (Start 2 FL) – M. Williams, W. Snead, E. McGuire, D. Henry, D. Foreman (Bench – 5 Players)

    Mixon/McCoy team: (1-4) (Jeffery, Kearse, McCoy, Howard, Rudolph, Mixon, Blount, Crowder, M. Thomas, Kamara, Maclin).


    1. The other situation I’m looking at to the Evans owner – owns Miller and I have Foreman.

      K. Allen/Dez + Foreman + Funchess for Evans + Crow/Rawls.

      I’d prefer moving Allen (bye coming up and I just grabbed Williams) Am I asking too much or giving up to much?

    2. williams is too low for mixon. i don’t mind either of those trades.

  32. Post By chriskoerner25@gmail.com

    12 team. Non-ppr. One QB league. I am currently streaming Jamies Winston and Carson Palmer at QB. I have a proposed trade offer to give up CJ Anderson and Tevin Coleman and I would receive Tom Brady. My RB1’s are Kareem Hunt and Todd Gurley. I also have Wayne Gallman. WR I have Michael White, Michael Crabtree, and Sterling Shepard. My concern moving forward with the trade is lack of depth at RB. Also, I just finished your Week 6 Tradecast and you talked about the dynasty value for Tevin Coleman. Thanks guys!

    1. i’m not doing that trade

      1. Post By chriskoerner25@gmail.com

        What about Tom Brady straight up for CJ Anderson?

        1. if you can take the hit. maybe one of the dallas backs is available.

  33. Post By apkelley47@gmail.com

    Matt Ryan or Kirk Cousins?

  34. I was offered a trade to give up Jordy Nelson in exchange for A. Peterson, L. Fitzgerald, and C. Hogan. League is 0.5 PPR. My RBs are L. McCoy, CJ Anderson, Buck Allen, Duke Johnson (and Dalvin…) My only other WRs are Dez, Tyreek, and Agholor. Initial thought is that it provides me with better depth at WR, but I’m losing a top 5 guy and I’m not sure if Hogan will keep it up. I play Jordy, Dez, and Tyreek every week, so unless there’s an injury or bye, I don’t need much depth. Thoughts?

    1. if your team isn’t struggling, i wouldn’t bother

  35. Would you trade Abdullah for Reed or Brate?

  36. Standard scoring
    My rbs- m Gordon, a Collins d foreman Breida Gallman McGuire

    Gordon for Mixon and Ajayi

  37. Funchess or Kamara for Flex? Standard League non ppr. Need to know by tonight since funchess plays

    1. Actually the game has changed. Im in complete conflict. Need 1 WR and 1 Flex
      WR- Jackson, Pryor, Funchess
      RB- Aaron Jones, Kamara

  38. Half point PPR.

    I need to sit 1 of these guys.

    Lynch, McKinnon, Alshon, D Jax, Garcon

  39. One flex spot…PPR…Funchess or Doug Martin?

  40. Does Ty Montgomery practicing fully have an affect on Aaron Jones?

    1. *effect

  41. Loved this week’s podcasts!
    I took a look at the Matchup tool, but still a bit unsure about my lineup this week. I need 1 WR, 2 RBs, 1TE and one Flex in PPR:

    My options are:
    WR: Cooks, Alshon, Funchess
    RB: Ajayi, D. Martin, McCaffrey, E. McGuire, J. Stew, and T. Coleman
    TE: Engram and Rudolph

    Any help would be appreciated!

  42. Post By Silent Riders

    2-3 record, Funchess, Jeffery or Garçon. Pick 2. Thanks

  43. Hey guys– Need some guidance please.
    12 /ppr
    I would give up Ajayi and Diggs for Fournette and Hurns or Lois

    1. Post By rickd111161@yahoo.com

      Press accept now!

  44. Ppr trade

    Giving : gallman
    Getting: Austin Sefarian Jenkins or R. Matthews

    I can choose

    Current tight end is Bennett

  45. Thursday night decisions… Should I run Funchess out there or Thielen? Have em in a PPR and standard..

    1. Post By Vick's Doggy Daycare

      with Bradford likely out, definitely Funchess.

  46. Morris or McFadden??? Seek suspended again!!!!

    1. yeah I don’t know who to grab!

    2. Post By Show Me Your TDs

      WW cheat sheet has Morris ahead of McFadden, couple that with the fact that Darren has been a healthy scratch all season and the boys have had in game looks at Morris id be on that side. I grabbed Morris

  47. SHould i drop Tarik Cohen or McGuire for D’onta Foreman?

  48. Grabbed Morris and DMC. What is their trade value? To the Zeke owner? To other league members?


  49. Post By ronmcfarland12@yahoo.com

    Cowtippers here. .5 PPR 12 team. Start/Sit at QB: Ryan or Cousins


  50. Post By jjorris13@gmail.com

    Would you trade Mixon for Zeke. I have Fournette and Lev. I’m 4-1. Worth the risk?

  51. Post By rickd111161@yahoo.com

    Flex for Week 6 T. Hill, E McGuire, T. Cohen, Demaryus Thomas, or J. Landry? Full point PPR 12 teams

  52. Post By chrispet.ja@gmail.com

    Need advice for tonight (Monday game). Up 1 point the guy I am against has his kicker and WR R. Matthews to play. I have only my QB to play. Thanks your advice I have both Mariota and Brissett. Waiting on news about Mariota but who would you start if both are available to start?

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