RosterWatch Week 15 Matchup Tool

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 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 2018 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 Rams WR Brandin Cooks, and would like to see how he matches up against the defense he faces this week.

First, look down the list and find the Rams (Cooks’ team). You will see that the Rams’ opponent (OPP) is the Eagles in Week 15, 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.”


AGAIN – They are not the rankings for the Rams, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the Eagles). In the “OPP vs. WRs” cell for the Rams, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means Cooks faces our best possible matchup for opposing WRs in Week 15 (the Eagles). This is a great indicator for owners of Cooks as well as Robert Woods, or maybe Josh Reynolds, and is a positive one for those thinking of rostering either 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.

“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. Asked this question on an older thread, but going to repost here…..
    Lineup question. Juju thielen and tyreek hill make up my wr corps. I’ve been running all three in at the wr spots and one in the flex, but I’m worried about tyreek on a short week. My rbs are loaded too. I have CMC Chubb and Mixon. Should I consider only thielen and juju at wr and put one of those RBs in the flex?? Thanks in advance

    1. absolutely, those are all fine plays this week. better safe than sorry

    2. Basically you have 6 bad ass options and can only start 5? Is this PPR?

      Those are such good options you hate sitting any of them. I honestly think you’ll just have to play the rankings and the matchups tomorrow afternoon. Very hard to sit Hill in a must win- he is the #1 PPR WR on the season. All of these are great options.

    3. Hello Carlo 8-6
      Multi year member on the cusp of my first championship thanks to your help.
      I got a W3 problem
      Cobb, Pettis, Curtis Samuel,
      Or D Hamilton.
      Thanks for all the help and hard work. It’s much appreciated.

  2. RWN, I need some help! Gotta start five and sit two: Gurley, Saquon, Chubb, Ware, Hopkins, JuJu, Davante. 0.5PPR

    My plan is to definitely start Gurley and Saquon, and sit Ware. I’m torn on the other four though. I feel like I can make a case for having to sit any of them.

  3. Am I overthinking a potential Jackson vs Tampa start over Brees on Monday night? Thanks, guys.

    1. Probably so, play the rankings – if it’s close there and you have a hunch – then play the matchups

  4. sit ware and adams

  5. Finished at the top of my league again using RosterWatch!

    1 point ppr

    Need 3 from from Chubb, D. Johnson, A. Jones, Gordon, K. Johnson, Ware, Drake and Eckler.

    Already starting D. Adams, so not sure about using Jones also against the Bears.

    1. Awesome news! Thanks for being a part of the RW Nation!

      Just play the rankings! There will be a big update tomorrow afternoon!

      1. would you play both Jones and Adams together?

        1. If they were the highest ranked plays, yes. We don’t fall victim to cockamamie premeditated ideas like that.

          If I were choosing now- prob Chubb + DJ + choose b/t Gordon (Josh Im assuming) / Drake / Jones (prob Gordon or Drake)

          Again- check the rankings late tmrw afternoon

          1. its Melvin Gordon.

            If playing, how would you rank him with Jones and Drake

  6. Post By

    Thanks for all the help this year. Thanks to you guys i finished in first place. Need your help again. Need two flex from Fournette, Carson, Evans, Samuels, and Conley. Currently have Fournette and Carson penciled in based on touches. Also Njoku or Thomas at TE

    1. Prob Fournette + Carson. Check the matchup rating for Thomas and Njoku on the. matchup tool – but if it’s close I think I like Thomas right now!

    2. also check our updated TE rankings tomorrow afternoon

  7. Post By

    With Ware out do I go with D Williams or A Jones (standard) ??? Thanks RW for all your help…………….

    1. Please wait for a big rankings update tomorrow afternoon

  8. PPR. Lamar Miller or Damien Williams?

    1. same as above

  9. SWEET JEBUS! I’m freakin out, man! My team’s a hot mess right now. Everything was going so smoothly all season thanks to the sage musings at RW, and then BAM! Melvin, Connor, Olsen, and Sanders all go down! Then pickup Ware, Gus, and Ekeler, but then BAM! Gus splitting reps with Dixon, Ware doubtful, and Ekeler out. (Un)Luckily I picked up Justin Jackson and D. Williams and dropped Ekeler and Tate. And this is all in the last 2 weeks!!! FML!

    Anyways, my matchup is pretty close, so need to make sure I start the right guys. Here’s my (current) lineup:

    QB: Ben
    WR: Thielen, J. Gordon, Pettis
    RB: Saquon, Melvin, Connor, Gus, Ware, Damien Williams, Justin Jackson
    TE: Njoku, but Brate and McDonald on FA
    D: Denver, but Buffalo is on FA. Drop one of my bench RBs for Buffalo and play Denver@OAK in championship (hopefully)?

    Anyways, thanks for a great season, it was a blast taunting my league with the confidence of RW Nation knowledge. Looks like injuries are catching up to me now :p

    1. Standard league.

    2. LOL, it’s been a wild ride. The flesh is rotting of the season a week or two early this yr. Be glad you’re still breathing!

      Yes- good plan on the defense –

      Everything looks good to me except the TE- yes I would encourage you to examine that situation further- those are all decent options on the surface

      Thank you so much for your support! Finish the Job!

      1. I started Damien Williams and Justin Jackson 😀 Still got Saquon to play. My opponent has OBJ :DDD

  10. Post By

    Thanks for all the help, awesome year, in the semi finals. Two questions standard league qb Mahomes or Rivers, rb & flex start 2 of Barkley, Fournette or Lindsay.

    Thank you,

    1. Make sure and wait for rankings update tomorrow afternoon- but likely Mahomes

      For sure Barkley – and prob Lindsay

      Thank you for your tremendous support!

  11. If MGordon plays tomorrow night
    Do I use MGordon in injured state
    Or a non injured DWilliams?

    1. think you have to roll Gordon over Williams if he goes and sleep easy at night w/ the results knowing you shipped it in as good as possible

  12. Semi finals!
    Do I use BMayfield or JAllen
    4 point per pass TD
    Carr and Marriotta are on Waiver

    Thank you

    1. We’re having real trouble w/ that exact decision – I’m thinking slight nod to Baker- wait for rankings tomorrow afternoon

      Carr over Mariota

  13. Thanks for all the help this season. Finished 3rd with tons of injuries. Waiver Wire saved my season.

    .5 PPR need to sit one Chubb, Mixon, Lindsay or Fournette ?

    DST Giants or Seattle ?

    Thanks again

    1. Prob sit Fournette.

      Prob Giants at Home

  14. Post By

    1/2 ppr…Hilton/cooks/damien Williams…need two…thanks

    1. Wait for a big rankings update tomorrow afternoon- for now prob Williams + Cooks

  15. Post By

    1/2 pt PPR AND 1 pt for 5 carries…Zeke Elliot, Dalvin Cook, Ty Hill, Diggs, Keenan…..need to sit one

  16. Standard scoring. Pick 2 of 3 for flexes:
    J Gordon
    A Peterson
    D Martin
    Leaning towards Gordon and Martin since his matchup is so good.

  17. Prob sit Diggs

  18. Standard Scoring. I need 1 WR and 1 Flex.

    Evans, Edelman, Carson, J.Wilson

  19. Should I pick up damien William’s since Spencer ware isn’t playing Thursday. Or just play allen Robinson or Corey Davis in my flex

  20. Post By

    in the semi’s in 4 of 5 leagues!! thank you to the RosterWatch crew!! pick 1 PPR. david johnson, a jones, or cooper.

  21. I missed out on the Jax Def on WW last night. I did pick up The Seattle D. Looking ahead (being optimistic) to next week and see Sea plays KC (don’t like that matchup). I’d like to be proactive and grab a def now. Dal vs TB and Chargers vs Balt are available. To you like either of those or is there another streaming target you are looking at?

  22. BHB Commissioner

    QB quandry: Rivers vs chiefs, Ryan vz Cardinals, or Wilson vs 49ers? If it matters I also have Julio

    Also same team full ppr: flex- Josh Adams, Dion Lewis, or Zay Jones?

  23. Post By

    Fox River Trouser Trout 11-2 #1 Seed

    For the first time all year I am dealing with injuries and they are impacting my decision making due to inconsistent media reports, and a bunch of I dont knows (game time decisions)


    WR typical starters
    Hlll and Beckham
    Typical flex- Schuster

    I am worried about hill’s flat tire, and the flip flopping reports on Beckham (and him being a wuss)

    I have other options (max owned 5 wr league) boyd and D.J. Moore (Sanu, Hamilton and Pettis on the wire but would have to drop one of my benched guys)

    I could earmark Beckham in the flex and wait, while and putting Aaron Jones/drake there (I am using the bears def this week, counter intuitive)

    Thanks for dealing with my wordiness!

    1. i’d put moore at wr, odb in the flex and hope he plays. if he doesn’t, i’d pick up pettis and drop drake for him – you’re not going to use him in week 16 against the jags.

      1. Post By


        I think there was a bit of miss communication in my post.

        I was going to start tyreek hill and Smith-Schuster at WR (are you saying Moore over Hill?)

        Also I would have to drop one of the group:
        As it is a max 5 wr league to pick up pettis.

        I have no qualms dropping Drake as you are right his schedule looks like garbage next week.

        Could you slide back and clarify the Moore play?


  24. Trying to decide on the following in a 0.5 PPR league:

    Justin Jackson or Damien Williams (tonight’s LAC vs. KC game)

    Kyle Rudolph vs. MIA or Njoku vs. DEN

    1. jackson has less competition for snaps, so i’d roll with him. njoku

  25. I have a little dilemma at QB this week and I might be overthinking it but who do you start between Rodgers, Luck, and Lamar Jackson this week. I don’t like the matchups for Rodgers and Luck but they are studs. Thoughts?

    1. i think luck is your safest bet after seeing what the bears did to goff. jackson could get pulled if he struggles

  26. Post By

    Hello, need to win this weekend, thanks for all you guys do by the way.

    Should I consider Luck over Big Ben this weekend? I have Ju Ju..

    Also need 1 ppr… Pettis, Gallup, Snead, Coutee, T. Patrick, R. Anderson?

    1. thx for the support! no, i’d stick with ben. pettis

  27. Want to say thank you to Byron, Alex & The Stinky TrashmaN for all your help and knowledge during the season & especially during the playoffs. Need some advice:

    QB: LUCK or Lamar Jackson?

    (Different League) QB: CAM or Josh Allen?

    (Different League) QB: Brady, Rodgers, or J.Allen?

    WR (1 ppr, Need just 1): D.Pettis, A.Robinson, J.Reynolds, or C.Samuel?

    WR (1 to pickup off waivers): C.Samuel, D. Pettis, or K. Stills?

    TE(1ppr): Ian Thomas or Brate?

    RB (1ppr, Need 2): J.Jackson, J.Wilson Jr, M.Mack, J.Howard, or Gus Edwards?

    1. no prob dude – we have luck and Jackson back to back, but have Jackson ranked slightly higher in the model. Still roll Cam over Allen. I actually think it’s close, but couldn’t bench the GOAT Tom Brady for Allen in the fantasy semis. Lions allow the least rushing yards to opposing QBs in the league. Allen Robinson. Would go Curtis Samuel, but would prefer Daesean Hamilton or Coutee (if healthy) if those guys are available over those options this week. Brate. Justin Jackson and Gus. Good luck.

  28. Army of the Dead 13-0 (Boom!)
    Need 2 of 3 out from J. White, J. Gordon and C. Samuel. Already playing McCaffery and I. Thomas so a little hesitant to be too dependent on the Panthers.

    Thanks for everything fellas!

  29. Post By

    Rivers or luck?

  30. Post By

    Rams D or Vikings D? Both ranked very close. Marshawn of the Dead 9-4

  31. Gotta start five and sit one: Gurley, Saquon, Chubb, Hopkins, JuJu, Davante. 0.5PPR

    My plan is to definitely start Gurley and Saquon, and Hopkins. I’m torn on the other three though. Chubb @ DEN with a good run D, Belichick selling out to stop the pass against PIT, Davante @ CHI. Rivers and Justin Jackson put me in a hole last night so I might shoot for the higher ceiling and sit Davante.

  32. Post By

    Got to sit one out of these six in a standard format:

    Tough decision because your drat cheat sheet helped me drat this maniacal squad!

    Strictly Buisness 11-2

    In semis in all three of my leagues! Representing RosterWatch Nation!
    Thanks Gentleman

    1. wow, that’s an amazing team.

  33. Hi Guys!
    The last push…. 1pt ppr.
    I need a flex and a TE from
    Mcdonald Thank you

  34. Hey. Quick q. Adrian Peterson or Ito Smith? Denver D or Atlanta D? Thanks!

  35. BHB Commissioner… yall truly are awesome what you did on pod for us!

    full ppr looking for bit of upside: Josh Adam’s, Kenneth Dixon, Sproles, or Dion Lewis?

  36. Post By

    Jarvis landry or chris samuel this week?
    Landry gets small targets and is td dependent
    But chris harris is out for denver defense
    samuel gets high targets
    Im leaning samuel vs pourous saints pass defense

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