RosterWatch Week 1 Matchup Tool Now Available

alex bylineWelcome back.

This is a proprietary weekly tool provided by RosterWatch for our PRO community.

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 in-season 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 2019 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 Saints WR Michael Thomas, and would like to see how he matches up against the defense he faces this week.

First, look down the list and find the Saints (Thomas’ team). You will see that the Saints’ opponent (OPP) is the Texans in Week 1, 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 SAINTS, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the TEXANS). In the “OPP vs. WRs” cell for the Saints, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means Thomas faces our best possible matchup for opposing WRs in Week 1 (the Texans). This is a great indicator for owners of Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith or even Ted Ginn Jr. – and is a positive one for those thinking of rostering any of them 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. The Vegas lines are updated hourly for your reference and research.

“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. We are now officially in the Regular Season!! Thanks guys. Have a trade offer: I get TY Hilton, Sony or White, and D Guice for my Fournette, A Miller, and Pollard. Full PPR. Thoughts?

  2. Post By

    should i take zeke tonight at 1.02? PPR.

    1. even If we know he’s back I still prefer CMC or SB at 1/2. At 3 Id tell you you should if not risk averse (assuming he hasn’t signed by then)

      1. Post By

        awesome, thanks alex!

  3. I drafted 12 of 12 teams in a PPR. I think I’m solid, but I have a concern about owning Evans and OJ Howard. Should I trade one of them?
    QB – Murray
    RB: D. Johnson, D. Henry, T Coleman, L. Murray, K Ballage, A. Mattison, J. Hill
    WR: D Adams, M Evans, C Samuel, M. Williams, A. Robinson
    TE: OJ Howard

    1. What a 12 team roster —- Jesus. U should be fine for now but eventually you’ll want to maybe move Howard. Don’t do it out of desperation tho – Perhaps ask the HEnry or Engram owners in your league if they’d do a straight up deal. They probably value OJH over those guys. Make sure to mention the big O/U in the shootout coming up w/ SF.

      1. I have an offer of Diggs and Engram for OJ Howard and Evans. I think that is too much. I would do Howard for Engram, but not sure about Diggs for Evans. Thoughts?
        I’ m from C.P. and call in often. Thanks!

  4. Week 1 Allen robinson or Duke Johnson for flex?

    1. Don’t know I just a few hours ago made the matchup tool. Trashman will have his flex rankings on THU and I’ll have a better idea by then about these close calls. That’s a reallly hard one.

  5. Post By

    September 3, 2019 at 1:42 pm
    Have a dynasty 1/2 point PPR..
    I have Allen robinson,Antonio brown, Kennan Allen, MVS, keke, Sutton , and deebo Samuel, and Anthony Miller the golden son from last year. for my WR we start 3 WR and 2 flex..
    I was offered next year 1st round for Anthony Miller not sure if I should accept it??
    I can pick up Daniel jones QB for the giants and I have wentz right now and would of course keep him and stash Jones ….
    Just not sure with having 2 bears on my team…
    What’s your Guys thoughts. And thanks
    It’s a 12 teamer also

    1. Next year is elite for rookies – as much as I love Miller I take that deal

  6. Trade Question, .5ppr- I get Kenyan Drake trade away Miles Sanders. My other RBs are Devante Freeman, Derius Guise, Devin Singletary, Kalen Ballage, Adrian Peterson

    1. Don’t think so

      1. As a matter of fact- NO

  7. Who should I pick up 12 team ppr dynasty: Kesean Johnson AZ WR, Preston Williams MIA WR, Hunter Renfroe OAK WR, or Trey Quin WAS WR

    1. Prob Quinn or KeSean Johnson because of the QB situation. Preston is a beast, though!

      1. Cool thanks. Someone dropped David Moore WR SEA I think I should grab him.

        1. I don’t personally care about David Moore- but he could be sneaky — he showed out well when I was at camp last yr- the beat writers kind of like him

  8. Hi guys would you drop Darwin Thompson for Anthony Miller?
    My WR 4/5 would be Courtland Sutton/ Miller. Would you give up the dart on Thompson?
    Thanks I really love your show I’m in on the grandfather $2.99 deal even though I don’t play baseball!

    1. YES, we would for a Golden Son like MillerTime!!! Thanks for the support Jack!

  9. Drafted 3rd in a 12 team PPR w/ 2 FLEX but got stuck in auto-draft hell as all the WRs were taken and CMC went 2nd via auto-draft. Will eventually have to make a move to sure up the WRs. Thoughts?

    QB-Wilson, Winston
    RB-Kamara, Fournette, D. Freeman, Ballage, Hill
    WR-Boyd, Godwin, Kirk, Fuller, Allison
    TE-Howard, Ebron

    1. you’ll get by just fine we like Godwin and Boyd. Don’t worry about it.

  10. Post By

    16 team league so finding rosterable players is tough. Andy Isabella or Zay Jones? If it matters, I have Kyler Murray and Christian Kirk already. Thanks!!

    1. If you already have those guys in ARI then I may go Zay. Is Cole Beasley rostered? Would rather own him in BUF tbh.

  11. Hi all. Looking to build up my ppr 8 player bench. No limit on RB so I’m collecting upside. Have Justin Jackson, samuels, guice, d. Henderson, Howard (throw in on a trade). Who, if any, would you drop for Justice Hill? Thank you in advance! RWPRONATION.

    1. If anyone, probably Howard in an 8 teamer where you are looking for guys who are going to be more volatile with potential to blow up huge but lower floor. You’re never going to start Howard.

  12. Have Tony Pollard, Trade him to Zeke owner for Ty Montgomery, M. Brown, D. Henderson, Malcolm Brown? Pick one. Zeke owner does have white, maybe bundle him up for him ?

    1. I’d see if he’s interested in a White deal for sure. Those other guys are pure handcuffs outside of Henderson that could have a meager standalone role if Gurley stays healthy.

  13. With Zeke returning to the Cowboys, would you rank him ahead of Kamara or Mccaffrey? thanks

    1. .5PPR

    2. yes, see the newest cheat sheet.

  14. Post By

    Need 3….
    D. Moncrief
    S. Shepard
    T. Coleman
    H. Henry
    C. Samuel

    1. like players to start this week? I’m only now starting on rankings so will have to circle back, that is a tough call.

  15. Post By

    Need 3…. 1/2 Point
    D. Moncrief
    S. Shepard
    T. Coleman
    H. Henry
    C. Samuel

  16. trade Devonta Freeman and Courtland Sutton for Josh Jacobs and DJ Moore ?? Full PPR

    1. Think I still want the Devonta side of that deal.

      1. Post By

        Need 3…. 1/2 Point Sit/Start
        D. Moncrief
        S. Shepard
        T. Coleman
        H. Henry
        C. Samuel

  17. Post By

    Is the rankings section on the site based on PPR?

    1. it should be half-point.

  18. Trade Question for 10 team standard
    1Qb 2Wr 2Rb 1Te 1Flx

    QB- Dak
    RB Dalvin Cook and Chubb
    WR Mike Evans and JuJu
    TE Hunter Henry
    Flex Devonta Freeman

    Curtis Samuel
    Miles Sanders
    Alexander Mattison
    Ito Smith
    Justin Jackson
    Larry Fitzgerald

    Got offered a trade. I’d give up Chubb and Jackson for McCaffrey.

    1. If Chubb is too valuable I was gonna offer Dalvin instead it Chubb

      1. I like that team, why mess with it? I guess maybe you could but I may hold on and let the Gordon owner (assuming that’s who wants JJax) sweat a little.

        1. Yes he does have Gordon. I’m just looking at the SOS RB list and it has:

          CAR 1(total) 1(1st 14) -1(playoff
          MIN 0(total) 3(1st 14) 0 (playoff
          CLE -1(total)-2(1st14) 3(playoff

          I don’t have to mess with my roster by CMC Paired with either Dalvin or Chubb sounds pretty scary.

  19. Guys, 12 team PPR… for Wk 1, start T. Coleman or Ekeler as RB2?

    1. Gut says Coleman but want to see how our rankings model sees it.

  20. Pettis, M.Sanders, Ridley, Kirk…pick 2 in pot
    Winston or Murray?

    Beasley, Djax, Sutton…pick 1 in pot
    Goff or Big Ben?

  21. Ppr not pot from last message

  22. Post By

    Need 3…. 1/2 Point PPR
    D. Moncrief
    S. Shepard
    T. Coleman
    H. Henry
    C. Samuel

  23. OK, looks like these are all sit-start, I’ll circle back once I’ve worked a little more on rankings.

  24. Post By

    Followed the cheat sheet. This is what i ended up with out of the 4 slot. 12 team full ppr

    QB- Newton, Murray
    RB- Fournett, Freeman, D. Montgomery, Darwin Thompson, and J. Howard
    WR- Hopkins, Allen Robinson, Kirk, Crowder, Moncrief, Arcega-Whiteside
    TE- Ertz
    K- Tucker

    Curious if you see areas of weakness? Also how long do i stay patient with Darwin? TIA

    1. Not at all. Everything looks dialed in and deep. The mccoy add diminishes his prospects considerably in redrafts. Unless it’s a keeper format, I’m comfortable moving in for a hot waiver add after wk 1

      1. Post By

        Need 3…. 1/2 Point Sit/Start
        D. Moncrief
        S. Shepard
        T. Coleman
        H. Henry
        C. Samuel

        1. shepard, coleman, henry

      2. Post By

        Thanks Trashman!!

      3. Post By


        Cam or Kyler Murray?

        opponent has Fitzgerald and DJ.


  25. Post By

    12 team ppr
    Would you trade Julio for Edelman and Ingram

    My RB2 is penny or singletary

    1. in that situation, and in a ppr, i’d strongly consider it

  26. Post By John Hunsberger

    Need help for my flex .5 ppr

    DJ more
    Mike Williams

  27. 12 team ppr
    I have trey Burton with that groin injury
    Should I pick up Jack Doyle or Noah fant and drop Burton, Jameson crowder, Darryl Henderson, or Cortland Sutton?

    1. i;d go with doyle if burton is still iffy come game time. i’d drop burton

  28. Post By

    Was just checking out Qb’s on the matchup tool. I drafted Russel Wilson and Kyler Murray in a 10 team ppr. Cousins, Prescott, Winston, and Foles all went undrafted. Should I be rolling with Wilson or pickup one of these guys?

    1. Post By Baron VonIronCock

      Winston is going to go off week one !
      Id start him over both your QBS
      Also in a 10 teamer
      no need to carry 2 qbs son

  29. Just drafted a super RosterWatchy lineup from the 5 spot in my 12tm PPR right now. Followed the sheet, of course:

    QB – Goff, Winston
    RB – D Johnson, Fournette, Kerryon, Michel, Murray
    WR – Woods, Godwin, Samuel, Sutton, Miller
    TE – Henry

    I did tons of simulations and mocks beforehand and almost always ended up with Johnson/Fournette but was pleasantly surprised to land Kerryon/Godwin/Woods in rds. 3/4/5. Thanks guys!

  30. I’m a 2 point favourite in a .5 PPR league, starting Jack Doyle. I am thinking of replacing him with Will Dissly based on matchup. Everyone has Doyle rank higher than Dissly, what do you think?

    1. Post By Baron VonIronCock

      Go Doyle man
      Dissly ? barf!

    2. can u pick up Darren Waller?

      1. Nah, Waller is taken

  31. Need to start one of these WRs in my second 0.5 PPR slot, and I feel like they’re all in the same tier. Thanks!:
    Anthony Miller
    Calvin Ridley
    Josh Gordon
    Christian Kirk

    Also, I have a weird tingle that Marquise Goodwin could go off this week, thoughts? Thank you!

  32. Post By

    When does the Daily generator usually go up? I still see its from LY.


    1. answered in the other post

  33. Post By

    Hi guys, I’m having doubts about who I should play in my wr3 slot this week, full point ppr:

    Will Fuller
    Curtis Samuel
    Courtland Sutton

    I also have MVS, but I think this is a poor matchup for him.


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