RosterWatch Week 2 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 Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, and would like to see how he matches up against the defense he faces this week.

First, look down the list and find the Chargers (Gordon’s team). You will see that the Chargers’ opponent (OPP) is the Bills in Week 2, 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 Chargers, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the Bills). In the “OPP vs. RBs” cell for the Chargers, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means Gordon faces our best possible matchup for opposing RBs in Week 2 (the Bills). This is a great indicator for owners of Gordon and Austin Ekeler — 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


  1. Was offered two separate trades in a 2 QB league (I also have Luck and Goff):

    Receive: Mariota & Allen Robinson
    Give: Brady

    Receive: Alshon & Hurns
    Give: Wentz

    I’m thinking no for both, thoughts?

  2. You should definitely trade one of your qbs. I don’t think you need 4 but you can definitely get a better deal than either one of this offers

  3. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

    Leaning to grab Keenum for the matchup, but could also entertain Tyrod or Jimmy G. Any thoughts?

    1. Post By

      You could make the case for Teeerrrrrrod…. But I lean to Keenum. I think the NO defense going to be in a nasty mood after that performance!!!

      1. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

        Agreed on the NO defense. I think I was the only team in my league not to record 8+ points from D/ST last weekend.

  4. Got an offer for Josh gordon getting Lamar Miller. I’m loaded at WR TY, Tyfreak, Sanders, Cooks, Landry and the anaconda. My rb’s CMC, Freeman, Tevin, Crowell and Morris. Should I pull the trigger? 10 team 2 rb 2 wr Flex .5 PPR.

    1. With the WR depth you have I would probably take the trade just to bolster up the roster in the RB side. But my RW-Nation side tells me keep Flash.

  5. Post By

    Insane Clowney Posse. RBs: Barkley, Gordon, Mixon, Kerryon Johnson, Michel. And picked up Conner last week. I am weak at WR (JuJu, Sanders, Jones Jr, Cooks, and Miller). The bell owner is weak at RB (only has Lewis and Burkhead) but strong at WR (Allen, Evans, Fitzgerald, Crowder, Benjamin). Like to offer Conner for Allen or Evans. I’d even include Jones Jr if needed. Good trade?

    1. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

      I would love to make that offer. Who knows what Conner’s snap share looks like by Week 8. You’re loaded at RB.

  6. Post By

    Full point PPR. Got a trade offer. Giving up A. Morris getting A. Jones

    1. Who else is on your squad for RB?

  7. Being offered Josh Doctson and Jared Cook for Ronald Jones. It is a ppr and a dynasty.

    1. I lean no

  8. should i try to trade kamara for one of the top elite rb’s (gurley, johnson, or zeke) after his huge week 1 performance? i also have ingram as a backup.

    1. I would not trade Kamara. That NO offense is going to do great things.

      1. Post By

        I would only do it for Gurley. Otherwise enjoy the ride with Kamara.

  9. Hey everyone,

    I have Fournette and Yeldon, but my other RBs are Mixon and Collins(my backup) who play Thursday. Should I wait it out and play either Fournette/Yeldon or should I just play Collins this week?

    League is 1ppr. Thanks everyone!!!

    1. With Dixon going to IR (I think), I may roll Collins for TNF. Good luck.

  10. Trade Advice:

    AP and Randall Cobb for Thielen?

    I get Thielen.

    Current Roster:
    RB: Mixon, Zeke, Kerryon, AP, R. Penny
    WR: K. Allen, E. Sanders, Cobb, Jordy, Anthony Miller


    1. Personally I never give up an rb unless I get one in return. Take those 2 and try to get an rb like Devonta Freeman, Dalvin Cook, or any rb that has massive upside that someone might be down on.

  11. What do you think of dropping Washington from Pitts or tre quan for Jones in Buf. I know they suck but he’s getting huge snap snap counts?

  12. Post By

    My Barkley and Cobb. For Thomas and Crowell… Id still have Cook and Mixon and Wilkins at rb.
    And E. sanders, J Gordon, S Shepard, C Godwin, A Miller, Edelman.

    1. Post By

      14 team full ppr

  13. So could we use the Matchup Tool to rank D/ST, for streaming purposes, by looking at which teams have the most red blocks across the board? Also, any thoughts on carrying backup QB’s and TE’s in redraft leagues? Thinking about dropping guys like DJ Moore for backups.


    1. I’m an idiot and totally forgot about the Rankings tab up on the navigation bar

  14. Thinking about shipping off Cobb and Deon Lewis for leveon… have a 10 Team league with 8 teams making playoff so trying to stack for playoffs. Offering too much?

    1. I wouldn’t do that with Leveon’s situation.

  15. Post By

    Thought I posted this earlier today but couldn’t find it so forgive any redundancy…

    Flex 1 PPR, need 1:


    Team Name! The Juicers!

    1. Garcon just bcuz Goodwin being banged up.

  16. Post By

    Alex Collins or Kerryon Johnson?

    1. Post By


  17. Post By

    Alex Collins or Kerryon Johnson

  18. 1 pt ppr rolling with Barkley & Conners for staters but who do you like for flex Mixon or Collins for Thursday night

    1. Prob Mixon. Check the rankings before the game tomorrow. We will update them a couple different times tomorrow

        1. Thanks

  19. Eyak, Jonathan Woo, and Frank Grimes- You guys- please email me at and provide the email address associated w/ your PRO accounts. Thank you!

  20. If he suits up & starts, would you rather start Vance McDonald or pick up Ben Watson? Thanks in advance!

    1. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

      I personally would prefer Watson, but you have time to scope McDonald’s status.

  21. Hey guys, so Kenny Golladay is a free agent, checking to see if I should pick him up current bench is
    Alex Collins
    Josh Gordon
    Carlos Hyde
    Isaiah Crowell
    T.J. Yeldon (Have Fournette)
    Phillip Dorsett (basically its him or Golladay)

    Also for the same team, full PPR for my flex I have Fournette in there right now, would you start Collins since he plays thursday, or keep collins out and start Fournette if he plays, yeldon if he doesn’t or one of the others on the bench? Thanks for the advice!

    1. Tough call. No Kenneth Dixon this could be a good crack for Collins, however we don’t know what the hell that was last wk. Hopefully just a weird deal in a blowout.

      Obv, if you know it’s going to be either Fournette or Yeldon – then I’d prob just go that route. Only concern is if they end up splitting a bunch of time. However, even w/ Dixon out- that could prob happen w/ Collins too. We’d play the better matchup per the tool , check our rankings as we continue to update, and watch the news. If all things are close ,pretty tough to sit LF.

      I’d drop Dorsett for Gollady, although I’d love to own both. If you have a backup QB, DEF, or TE – Id consider dropping them first.

      1. Kenneth Dixon is on IR. Its now a committe of Collins and Buck Allen as the third down back.

  22. Post By Show Me Your TDs

    Thoughts on Flexing out Collins tonight? I currently have fournette in my flex incase I have to move him, with Kamara and Thompsons in my RB slots (evans and theilen in my WR). Here are my other flex options:

    Burkhead, K, Johnson, J. Williams, josh gordon, Cobb or millertime

    PPR Format 10 TM.
    I was offered Hogan and A. Morris for Gordon, turned it down and countered with Thompson and Gordon for saquon in hopes of flipping him for a WR after. is that too much should I cancel that? Thanks for the help

    1. Might be a bit too much. If you get Barkley that’s fine. I like Gordon as a flex play this week BTW. Sounds like this comes down to Gordon vs Collins vs Fournette. Very tough call. W/ Dixon out some Collins love feels appropriate, but man that was weird last wk.

      Think I’m prob eliminating the TNF swindle, and waiting until Sun to decide between LF and JG. Cheers!

  23. Post By Longhornfireman

    8 team Standard league “MaHomes Improvement Boys” Out of the draft was 6 WRs and 4 RBs with my
    TOP RBs better than TOP WRs.
    Dropped: Breida Added Thompson
    Dropped: Goodwin Added Lindsay
    Dropped Watkins Added Stills

    Should I go back in the waiver wire and reverse any of these moves?

    1. Might find a way to re-ad Goodwin at some pt. But, that’s tough in an 8 tm league. Like Stills over Watkins for now. If Devante Parker comes back, we might change our mind.

  24. .5 ppr

    Jordy is my WR 5. Should I drop Jordy for B Marshall or Godwin?


    1. Maybe for Marshall. Might still like Jordy more on the season. Marshall is a better play in the meantime w/ Baldwin out. Don’t make too much of WK1.

      1. Thanks, you’re the best!!

  25. Full point PPR
    Quincy Enunwa or Royce Freeman in the FLEX?

    1. Prob Royce

      1. Check Trashman’s flex rankings tomorrow.

  26. Keelan Cole, Quincy Enunwa, Royce Freeman.. Have to start two, full point PPR. Thanks!

  27. I have a Q about tonight’s game and Joe Mixon. He has a tough matchup. Would you bench him in favor of any of the following — Kerryon J, K. Cole, K Golladay, Funchess
    My thinking is to stick with Mixon tonight. What do you think?

    1. Probably not. Think you need to roll your stud here. Hope for a TD. Also, Mixon is nice because he can get his in the passing game.

  28. Flex Start:
    Joe Mixon or James White

    1. Check our rankings this afternoon. They will be updated a few more times.

        1. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

          Definitely defer to the rankings, but Mixon is the man. Great pass-catcher, too.

  29. Post By

    Morning Roster Watch Nation,

    Need some help here. 12 team hyper-competitive league. .5 ppr.
    Just got Phillip Lindsay off of waivers after spending $15 and outbidding four other owners (Thanks, RW).
    QB: Stafford
    RBs: Ajayi, Penny, Blount, Lindsay
    WRs: Hop, K. Allen, JuJu, Watkins, Sanders, Agholar
    TE: Graham, Delanie Walker

    Still need to drop Delanie (got outbid for DA BEARS by $1) and still need RB help. However, Keenum is also still a free agent so trying to decide whether to pick up Keenum or to play this week in his matchup or pick up another RB.

    RB Free Agents: Gore, Sproles, Richard, Buck Allen, Chase Edmonds.

    Should I pick up any of these RBs or nab Keenum instead? Thanks boys.

  30. Guys it hurts my sole, but I hate matchup for mixon tonight soo much on tnf that I’m leaning starting lewis or even going straight matchup play with breida as my rb2 in ppr. Can you give me your thoughts?

    1. he’s going to get 20+ touches. i’m playing him if i have him.

    2. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

      I’m playing him. He’s the bell-cow, and he has good PPR value.

  31. Would you sit Collins or Hyde in a PPR for Sony Michel this week?

    1. i’d wait and see if burkhead sits, but for now, no

  32. 12 team PPR Dynasty – Pick up Corey Coleman? Drop candidates would be Austin Carr, Paul Richardson, or Vance McDonald (have Jonnu Smith & Njoku)

    1. you don’t need 3 tight ends.

  33. 10-team standard scoring league and drafted Stafford as my only QB. Considering dropping him and picking up Keenum and will most likely be checking waivers each week for my QB for now. Or, forget about week one and continue with Stafford for another week or two? My league drafted 18 QBs so most keepers are taken but I’m only keeping one on my roster. Thanks in advance.

    1. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

      I’m rolling with Keenum. I’m in a total QB-stream mode.

      1. Thanks, and I’m joining you this year!

  34. Have a bench spot open, Dorsett or Pettis?

    Full point PPR

    1. i’d probably wait on goodwin’s status, but assuming he’s out, i’d go with pettis. dorsett gets the jag secondary

  35. ive got Red Dalton and Jimmy G at qb. i know i can’t start dalton tonight. Keenum is availabler on the wire. pick him up for this weekend or roll with Jimmy G vs Det?

    1. See our QB rankings. I like Jimmy GQ this wk

    2. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

      I’m a sucker for rankings, so I’m rolling with Keenum. I drafted Jimmy G out of the gate, so I can’t argue against a good bounce-back performance this week.

  36. Post By

    Do you suggest we still wait on Anthony Miller… or start looking for other upside options?

    1. Yes, we suggest waiting. If you have to drop him for solid waiver pick up, go for it. That’s fine. He’s a bench stash for us.

  37. I have a load of wr just based on how the draft played out. Should I trade one of them now to try and get better rbs? Or should I just be patient for now.
    I have A. Brown, K Allen, M Evans, E Sanders, N Agholor, C Kupp, R Cobb.
    My Rbs are J Ajayi, A Collins, K Johnson and D Booker

    1. League is a .5 ppr

      1. Yeah, you should try to sell high on Cobb and Agholor. We’d part w/ Evans, Sanders, or Kupp in a deal for an elite RB.

        You could package two of those WR for one RB, or you could take Ajayi + WR and make a deal for a better RB. Keep working waivers every week and you will be fine if you can’t make deal. Those are crazy awesome WR!!!!

        You can drop Booker for a RB. Sproles is a solid pickup right now for Ajayi owners.

  38. Post By Vick's Doggy Daycare

    Why did you guys take down the WR/CB matchup tool? This is one of the most important tools we could use on a weekly basis and is more relevant for WRs than the matchup tool. It would be AMAZING if you guys could update the top 50 WRs and cornerback matchups to account for all the injuries and repost it.

    1. That is a pre-draft tool. Will consider for the future. Thank you for your support VDD!

  39. Royce Freeman or Dion Lewis and Kittle for Le’veon? I have Connors and Jordan Reed at TE.

    1. Or Connors for Devonta Freeman or Mark Ingram?

      1. The last post was yes to the LeVeon idea.

        Fine with other deal for Freeman, would prob want to wait 1-2 wks on Ingram and until we know more about Bell

    2. Yeah

  40. PPR – Cobb, Agohlor, Gordon, or Yeldon (if named starter) in the flex?

    1. Gordon, maybe Agholor. Keep an eye on our rankings.

      1. Really is a coin flip. Foles looked so bad last week but I don’t expect the Saints defense to be that poor again.

  41. Would you drop Jordy for Quincy in a 0.5ppr? Thanks guys

    1. Not yet

  42. Who are your top 5 buy low candidates for rb?

    1. Wait for the season premiere of the PRO TradeCast, next wk

      1. What is this PRO TradeCast you talk about? I need.

        1. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

          It’s music for your ears.

  43. Post By

    PPR. I have Zeke (with Connor, Mixon, the Jets RBs, and Lamar Miller). I was offered OBJ for Zeke. Thinking of countering with OBJ and Sony Michel for Zeke. If I can get OBJ and Michel for Zeke, should I do it? (My WRs are JuJu, Hilton, Davis, and Allison).

    1. No way! If you can sell high on Connor, Miller, or Crowell for a WR that is a better idea. Would be great if you could package Allison w/ one of those three RBs and trade for somebody like Amari Cooper or better, as a solid buy low WR w/ upside. Cheers, and thank you for your support.

      1. Post By

        Thank you!

  44. I have traded Kittle for Hogan (I own Gronk). Will I regret this? Standard league. 12 teams.

  45. Post By

    When do the PPR rankings come out. It usually gives u the option to flip from standard n PPR? Thanks

  46. Start luck vs Washington this week or Watson vs ten?

    Also if freeman plays do I keep him in over duke Carson and Alf?? .5 ppr

  47. Jared Goff or Nick Foles.

    The matchup tool is screaming Nick Foles.

    We use ESPN. It’s goofy. Goff is ranked higher (16 vs 18) but Foles has a higher pt projection (21.1 vs 20.4).
    Goff is much higher at FP’s.

    1. Byron, I just looked at your rankings tab so I see where you rank Goff & Foles. It was not clear to me whose rankings those were because it’s FP’s format. Is it just the 4 of you guys voting–I am including the robot genius?

  48. Somebody dropped legarette blount Im gonndrop booker how many % of fab in waivers for Blount?

    1. Very low amount should get him

  49. Full ppr. Fitzgerald
    , Kupp, or Cobb. Thanks.

    1. Check the rankings! Kupp for sure!

  50. Boys

    need a little help, PPR league, need to set one of these 4 WR’s,
    AJ Green
    Tyreke Hill
    E sanders

    leaning towards sitting AJ, don’t like the matchup vs ravens plus a thursday night game prime time and Dalton always craps the bed in prime time, thoughts?

    Lone Wolf

    used the magical cheat sheet and i am loaded at WR as you can see

    1. I’d prob sit AJ. You are loaded!

  51. Start Q – Std League – E Sanders or J Gordon this week?

    Follow-up Q – Will the Black Anaconda finally rise again to Elite Stud WR1 status this year? Is he still QB-proof?

  52. Standard scoring

    Would you start Chris Carson over Davante Adams this week?

    1. Probably

    2. Check Trashman’s flex ranks

  53. Post By

    Ppr start Hogan, Godwin or enunwa, also in the flex K Johnson, Lindsey or R Freeman?

    1. Check the rankings for sit/starts! Prob Godwin + Lindsay (Would go KJ if Blount were to sit)

  54. Post By

    Hi guys, I have really enjoyed my membership with Roster watch!

    Quick question, is it a bad idea to play the thursday only match on Draft kings? I really want some action on tonights game. I have been trying to use the snap count and weekly rankings tool to build my roster.

    1. Bad idea is strong characterization! We tend to make more money on the season personally, by eliminating the TNF headaches. To your point, though. Because so many people are itching for action on Thurs Night. Sometimes, a smart strategy in the right matchup (tonight could definitely be one), is to buy in to the Thurs night late, and fade all or most of the Thursday night players / popular plays. Cheers, and thanks a ton for your support!

  55. Post By

    Tyrod jimmy G or Case this week?

    1. See our rankings! Prob Case!

  56. Post By

    Buck allen or jalen richard worth a look ? Anthony miller or kelvin Benjamin expendable?

    1. Not yet. Buck can be played in a pinch tonight in deep leagues. I’d wait and see on Miller and Kelvin for another few weeks. If you have to drop them soon for a better pickup, that’s fine too. We don’t play the waiver wire scared.

  57. For the rankings are those ppr or standard? Or does it really matter?

  58. Alex Smith over Andrew Luck change my mind.

    1. See our rankings!

  59. I’m sitting as many Thursday nighters as possible as they usually are duds in the AFC North. If I had to start in a season long i’m choosing Collins over Mixon. Also I have a Flacco feeling this year (contract year always brings out his best and he is healthy) and I think its small ball (he averaged 7.0 depth of target against Buf) so that is my reasoning with Collins and &^%$ Allen. They usually double on Green and last year that is why Boyd got that huge td to give Cin the win. A healthy John Ross is interesting but I think I’d rather start John Brown. Also Crabtree should give you modest production. Cin beat writers this morning said the defense calls a stat line of 10 catches for 100 yards a victory and will do everything to prevent 40 yard plays. This is a lot of conjecture so my choice in lineups is to avoid this game with everyone but Collins and AJ Green. I have Mixon in some spots because of Fournette but in places I got Yeldon or Lynch I am benching Mixon.

    1. Glad I started AJ wow. Used to my AFC North stinkers. If anything, start the Chargers defense this week wow.

  60. Post By

    Need to start one rb and one flex(wr/RBs) and one wr need help with deciding. Alex Collins Chris Thompson isiah Crowell josh Gordon ty hilton Emmanuel Sanders Randall Cobb Anthony Miller

    1. Post your scoring system, matters a lot for CT

    2. LOL, jeez- what a plethora of great choices!

      See our rankings for sit/starts and flex. Prob CT + Gordon + Sanders. Some consideration for Collins, Crowell, Hilton

  61. Post By

    Ppr 1 py

  62. Post By

    1 point

  63. Post By

    First time user of your services-like everything so far! How should we be utilizing your rankings vs the matchup tool?

    1. the matchup tool is basically a tiebreaker for two or more closely ranked players. if you’re having a question of who to start, it can help you lean one way or the other

      1. Post By


  64. Post By Robert Braswell

    Would you sit David Johnson this week..full point ppr..own mixon,miller,connor, and kyyron johnson

    1. Post By Austin Benedict


  65. Post By

    Keenum or luck

  66. Post By Austin Benedict

    Golladay or Marvin in a Week 2 PPR?

  67. Post By

    devante parkers effect on Stills? stills the #1?

  68. Post By

    Hello PPR. Would you sit Hogan for Funchess
    Or Marshall? Thanks

  69. Post By

    Devante parker worth picking up on waivers and dropping anthony miller,dorsett or kelvin?

  70. Post By

    With Goodwin now out, would you pick up Pettis to then start over Robby Anderson and/or Robert Woods? Right now I have Hilton and Anderson as starting WR and Woods as my flex. My other flex option would be Hyde, Breida, or Brandon Marshall

  71. I was wondering who has better odds of winning this match up this week 10 team ppr

    My team:

    Phillip Rivers
    Todd Gurley
    Jordan Howard
    Dalvin Cook
    Keenan Allen
    Mike Evans
    Juju Smith Schuster
    Evan Engram
    Caleb Sturgis
    Los Angeles Rams D/ST


    Cam Newton
    Alvin Kamara
    Christian McCaffrey
    James Conner
    Davante Adams
    Amari Cooper
    Brandin Cooks
    George Kittle
    Greg Zuerlein
    Jacksonville D/ST

    1. probably the first team

      1. Awesome, thank you Trashman

  72. Post By

    2QB league….Garoppolo, Luck, Taylor
    Pick two

  73. Post By

    TJ yeldon owner is asking for too much so pick 2 for this week.

    L. Fournette
    D. Henry
    A. Ekeler
    K. Jonson

    Also curious if jordy nelson is droppable for someone like golladay or should I just wait and see? My receivers are fine so I don’t need an immediate play.

    Thanks for your help!

  74. Trade question for you guys. 0.5 PPR league. I would trade away R Cobb and get A Cooper in return.

  75. I have NJoku in a PPR Not happy so far
    Available to me on waiver are: JCook, OHoward, A. Sef-Jenk, AHooper, JJames JButt R Seals Jones
    Any of these Guys worth playing this week ahead of NJoku? I would have to drop NJoku

  76. PPR full point
    play 3 WR
    My WR THill, JUJU, NAgholor, CHogan, MJones,Jr.,

    Hogan got 19 points in my league Should I trade him high?
    What about Marvin Jones? Sares me a bit

    Wrap the 2 up for a trade? What caliber do I ask?
    Enunwa still on Waiver, pick him and drop one of the above? JBrown, Ross and GAllison DJacksonand Baldwin available too

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