RosterWatch Week 2 Matchup Tool Now Available

alex bylineWelcome back.

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.

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 2020 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 Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, 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 (Dak’s team). You will see that the Cowboys’ opponent (OPP) is the Falcons 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.”


They are not the rankings for the COWBOYS, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the FALCONS). In the “OPP vs. TE” cell for the Cowboys, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means Dak faces our best possible matchup for opposing QBs in Week 2 (the Falcons). This is a great indicator for owners of Dak Prescott, and is a positive one for those thinking of rostering him 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.

“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. Post By

    Kelley, Shenault, Mike Williams AND Swift (someone dropped him) are all available. Who do I pick up?

      1. Post By

        I submitted my claim as soon as I saw him there lol. I doubt it will be successful tho. Would you go for Kelley or Williams if it isn’t?

  2. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

    Y’all think my DJ Moore for Nyheim Hines is too rich? (I was a Marlon Mack owner)

    Sittin on Davante Adams, Calvin Ridley and Allen Robinson as my top 3 WRs. Deebo on IR.

    1. Post By woo.jonathanwoo

      .5 PPR. Could sweeten the deal for a 2:1 and add E Sanders. WR flush and could use a good RB bump after losing Mack.

  3. Diontea Johnson or Parris Campbell for the rest of the season?

  4. waivers ran…i always release K 1st, DST 2nd, bench scrub WR 3rd, etc.
    need to drop (2) bench RBs before kickoff sunday to replace K & DST.

    bench RBs: a.gibson / d.singletary / k.johnson / n.hines / j.robinson / l.murray [my kamara H/C]

    release latavius murray & james robinson…crazy or correct?

  5. would you keep Brandon Cooks or Gaskin?

  6. Post By

    2 questions for you guys in PPR.

    1. Parker or Preston ROS?
    2. Jeudy and Gibson were both dropped. Drop Edwards for one of them?

    Thanks RW

  7. Post By

    Thinking about throwing a trade at the M. Thomas owner.

    Evans and Slayton….

    Full point PPR

    Other WR are
    M. Jones

    1. I’d keep Evans and Slayton

  8. Will the Defense and Kicker Rankings be updated this year? Also FYI Week 2 rankings only displaying STD

    1. We are working out some bugs with the display of the ranker— but there has always only been one set of rankings

  9. Do you like Hayden Hurst or Jonnu Smith better for rest of season in a PPR?

    1. too early to tell, but you’d have to say Jonnu at the moment — go look at the snap counts

  10. Trades in my league are just stupid ridiculous.

    Just got offered Barber, Cohen and Marvin Jones for Carson…

  11. I received a Trade offer in Yahoo .5, 10 person league –
    I acquire K Drake + A Miller
    I give up D Hopkins

    My roster:
    J Jones
    D Hopkins
    A Robinson
    C Lamb

    A Kamara
    M Ingram
    S Michel
    J Kelley
    M Breida
    Ozig on IR (worth keeping??)

    What say he?????
    Thx RW!!

    1. I would not do it. Folks are nervous about Drake right now, your opponent is trying to sell high- and you can’t roster 2 CHI WR (you can’t bank on ARob being traded)!

      Your WR are the strength of your team, and I would not compromise that. Can you offer Allen Robinson and Michel for Drake and Miller?

      Ozigbo can be dropped 🙂

  12. Post By

    Full PPR Team
    QB- Dak Prescott
    RB- Kamara Josh Jacobs, Jonathan Taylor, Miles Sanders, Cam Akers, JK Dobbins
    WR- Calvin Ridley, DJ Chark, Crowder, Gallup, Devante Parker
    TE- Jonnu Smith

    So I noticed that I have alot of talent at the RB spot right now and on the weaker side at WR the guy in last has Deandre Hopkins and his RB core is looking weak, Which RB & WR should I propose to try and get Hopkins from him?

    1. Ricky- I like the way your mind works. I’d love to ship Gallup, Crowder, or Parker off + Akers or maybe Dobbins

  13. Which side would you want?
    Metcalf, Drake, James Robinson for Jonathan Taylor and JK Dobbins

    I have Saquon, Drake, Gibson, Mattison and Robinson and for WR Golladay, Ridley, Metcalf, DJ Moore, Gallup and AJ Green.

    Thank you!

    1. It’s a pretty fair deal. You are deep enough at WR to do it, and your RBs would probably look a little nicer on paper. I would look at upcoming matchups, but part of me wonders if Keeping Metcalf and shipping off Moore would be smarter. In the end a fair deal if you are looking to balance your roster. MUCH of this depends on how many RBs you can actually start in your league every week. Can you play 3-4 RBs? Can you still play 3 wr? Don’t want too many studs on your bench. I also might rather do Drake and Robinson for Taylor and leave Metcalf and Dobbins out of it, also allowing you to clear a roster spot for waiver pickups

      1. The more I look at this the more I think it’s a little rich. Metcalf for Taylor straight up would be more fair, maybe Metcalf + Robinson for Taylor. Or Robinson and Gallup for Dobbins. Or, Drake and Robinson or Taylor. I like something like that a little more. You have the right idea though.

        The way I see it is, Taylor is about equal value to Metcalf. So Drake or Drake + Robinson is a little too much for Dobbins. The other owner is tying to sell a little high on both his rookie RBs in order to fill out his roster. We like these kind of trades but the value is a little off on the current offer

        1. Thank you!

  14. Have some early decisions because of Thursday game. 0.5 ppr need 1 we 1 rb and flex between Boyd, mike Evans, David Montgomery, and Snell.

    Also in another league 0.25 ppr Hooper or OJ Howard.

    PS crushed it in dfs last week thanks to you paid for all my leagues with the winnings.

    1. Evans + Montgomery + wait as long as you can to get more info on Snell for this wk. He’s the start if you can. If you don’t feel you have enough info by the time Boyd plays, he’s a safe bet to stick in there. I’d prefer to wait for Snell clarity if possible, but that would require you having another option on Sunday you feel is somewhat comparable to Boyd to feel comfortable taking the gamble.

      I think both of those TE have appeal this week. I might lean Howard until I see more from CLE, but this week looks a lot better for Hooper. I’d prob start Howard right now

  15. I received a Trade offer in Yahoo .5, 10 person league – I am leaning towards yes due to my RB weakness and WR (relative) strength. Start 2WR,2RB+Flex (nonQB)

    I acquire K Drake + A Miller
    I give up D Hopkins

    My roster:
    J Jones
    D Hopkins
    A Robinson
    C Lamb

    A Kamara
    M Ingram
    S Michel
    J Kelley
    M Breida
    Ozig on IR (worth keeping??)


    What say he?????
    Thx RW!!

    1. answered above 🙂

      1. Yikes – don’t know how I missed that! I have been with u guys through many a FF seasons and thank you for your unwavering support, knowledge and great insights. Very much appreciated!

        1. Thank you Spinman

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    That’s it, it will all work automatically on this site from there. A few people have had to log out and log back in to RW Pro to see their avatars the first time. Thank you!

  17. Post By

    Ok so follow up to my 2 for 1 trade question above; if the last place guy doesn’t want to trade Hopkins also noticed the guy in 9th had Micheal Thomas, Marlon Mack, and Lev Bell go down, Should I propose him the Gallup, Crowder, or Parker + Akers or maybe Dobbins to try and land Amari Cooper?

    1. Why don’t you just trade for Michael Thomas! That guy is desperate and this is when Thomas’ value will be the lowest. I would only do something with Gallup for Amari- you can’t own two Cowboys WR. Gallup + Akers or Dobbins feels steep for Cooper

  18. Start Drew Brees (without Thomas) or Philip Rivers?

    1. Rankings will be updated tomorrow 🙂

  19. Post By

    Need help
    Team Name The Cerebral Assassins
    1-0 Record

    Full point PPR Flex options
    Odell/Z Moss/Shenault/S Michelle

    Please help

    1. If ODB doesnt do it tonight it is alarming. But of your options, I like how this game sets up for Moss. Will you be ok if ODB goes off on your bench?

    2. If ODB doesn’t do it tonight it is alarming. But of your options, I like how this game sets up for Moss. Will you be ok if ODB goes off on your bench?

  20. 12-team standard, trying to decide between D.J. Chark and Nyheim Hines for Flex… thoughts?

    1. DZ: in non PPr its Chark. Hines is one of the players who has his ranking significantly affected by PPR

  21. Post By

    I hate asking lineup questions on Thursday, but two of my receivers play tonight. Full point PPR –

    I’m starting DeAndre Hopkins, obviously, and I have to pick two of the following:

    CeeDee Lamb
    Poopoo Beckham
    AJ Green
    Will Fuller
    Cortland Sutton
    Jamison Crowder

    Fuller has a crap matchup this week and Sutton and Crowder are banged up. So I have CeeDee Lamb in now and am thinking about AJ Green over Poopoo Beckham


    Thanks in advance!

  22. Hey Alex, need some advice:
    (.5 ppr league) Would you drop Antonio Gibson for De’Andre Swift for a bench spot. This would be my 3rd OR 4th rb. I also have Jk Dobbins & Zack Moss on the bench that i could drop for Swift!

    (CHUBB & MIXON are my starters for most weeks)

  23. Post By Longhornfireman

    10 team Standard. Should I start David Johnson or M. Brown at the flex this week.

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