RosterWatch Week 17 Matchup Tool

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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 Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels, and would like to see how he matches up against the defense he faces this week.

First, look down the list and find the Steelers (Samuels’ team). You will see that the Steelers’ opponent (OPP) is the Bengals in Week 17, 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 Steelers, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the Bengals). In the “OPP vs. RBs” cell for the Steelers, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means Samuels faces our best possible matchup for opposing RBs in Week 17 (the Bengals). This is a great indicator for owners of Samuels (or James Conner if he is able to go) and is 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 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


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    Hey guys, just wanted to say thanks for all the help this year. With a whole lot of help from all of you and some of the Trashman’s most cockamamie of advice, i was able to lead my league from wire to wire. Thank you again for all the help and I will always be a faithful member of the RWNation.

    1. Haha, that’s amazing Sally! Thank you so much for your loyal support. Have a wonderful New Year!

  2. TE question for week 17. I’m in a league that the championship is week 17. It’s yahoo and I’ve been starting samuels as my TE. Should I roll with him still or use Ian Thomas?

    Side note Pro memember for 3 years, and I have won 5 out of 9 leagues in that time and now looking to go 6 for 10. I never finished worst than 3rd. Love the work you all do on the site and radio gold.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! Make sure your commissioner fixes this WK17 cockamamie business for next season!

      I think you probably still have to play Samuels here. Good luck!

  3. I’m in the Super Bowl and Im going up against the team that won the division, at RB 2 Samuels, Michel or CJ Anderson?

  4. at TE Njoku or Uzomah?

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