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.
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 traditional “fantasy points against” metrics (schedule-adjusted after 3 weeks of play), but also (and most importantly) weighted averages and medians of separate individual player and defensive-unit scouting grades for members of the 2022 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/pace, sportsbook indicators, volume of total projected snaps and much, much, more.
To use the tool, think about your fantasy player.
Let’s say you roster Cowboys RB Tony Pollard and would like to see how he matches up against the defense he faces this week.
First, look down the list and find the Cowboys (Pollard’s team). You will see that the Cowboys’ opponent (OPP) is the Carolina Panthers in Week 11, 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.”
These are the OPPONENT’S (in this case CAROLINA’S) OFFICIAL ROSTERWATCH MATCHUP RANKINGS AGAINST THESE GIVEN POSITIONS.
They are not the rankings for the COWBOYS, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the PANTHERS). In the “OPP vs. RBs” cell for the Cowboys, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means that Pollard faces our best possible matchup for opposing RBs in Week 11 (the Panthers). This is a great indicator for fantasy managers of Pollard (who need it badly at this point). It is also a positive one for those thinking of rostering them in DFS contests.
Repeat the same process for other players on your roster as you are trying to break ties regarding 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. Please note that matchup ratings can change slightly through the week as lines and totals shift, or as injuries to key defensive personnel occur.
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