Welcome back for one final time for the 2021 season.
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. Even though it is Week 18 and somewhere between 95-98% of you have concluded your season-long redraft leagues for 2021 as of Monday night, we will still prepare the Matchup Tool for DFS purposes and for you few sickos who are playing redraft until Week 18. 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 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 2021 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 WR Diontae Johnson, 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 (Johnson’s team). You will see that the Steelers’ opponent (OPP) is the Baltimore Ravens in Week 18, 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 the RAVENS’) OFFICIAL ROSTERWATCH MATCHUP RANKINGS AGAINST THESE GIVEN POSITIONS.
They are not the rankings for the STEELERS, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the RAVENS). In the “OPP vs. WRs” cell for the Steelers, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means that Johnson faces our best possible matchup for opposing WRs in Week 18 (the Ravens). This is a great indicator for fantasy owners of Johnson – as well as fellow pass-catchers like Chase Claypool, 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. 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.
“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