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RosterWatch Week 4 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 traditional “fantasy points against” metrics (schedule-adjusted after 3 weeks of play), but also (and most importantly) weighted averages and medians of separate individual player and defensive-unit scouting grades for members of the 2022 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/pace, sportsbook indicators, volume of total projected snaps and much, much, more.



To use the tool, think about your fantasy player.

Let’s say you roster Chargers RB Austin Ekeler, 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 (Ekeler’s team). You will see that the Chargers’ opponent (OPP) is the Houston Texans in Week 4, 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 CHARGERS, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the TEXANS). In the “OPP vs. RBs” cell for the Chargers, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means that Ekeler faces our best possible matchup for opposing RBs in Week 4 (the Texans). This is a great indicator for fantasy managers of Ekeler and is a positive sign 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. Please note that matchup ratings can change slightly through the week as lines and totals shift, or as injuries to key defensive personnel occur.

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. Have a trade question for the Nation:
    AJ Brown for Dalvin Cook and Mike Williams?

    Also any thoughts on Dobbins future value for this season?

    1. That is more than fair. I’d do it.

  2. Damn. PPR. Sorry.

  3. Is Mixon a buy low candidate?

    1. Yes

    2. Mixon owners may not be willing to sell low bc nobody has enough RBs. You can try but tough one to execute.

  4. If I can’t pull off a 2-1 trade this week, I’ll need to drop one to fill a Kicker spot.

    Am I overvaluing Gabe Davis against the other WRs in my cupboard?

    London, Samuel, Davis, G Wilson, Cooks. Tyreek, Waddle and Olave are obv not in consideration.

    Drop candidates are either Davis or Cooks IMO. Cooks will probably have more positive game scripts moving forward. London, Samuel and Wilson have shown too much upside.

    1. Wilson has looked good but he’s also getting another qb soon and we don’t know what that connection looks like. He’s the biggest question mark of this group for that reason. I’d try to trade though

  5. Post By

    Full point PPR need a running back and 2 flex from the following


    1. I’m in lock step with Trashman…Zeke, Akers Doubs

  6. good morning !!
    .5 ppr – starting Jamaal (cost me 15% of FAAB), jovonte williams along with chase, lamb, and sutton — have cook/matteson for third RB —

    Which one would you start?

    leaving dk, ayiuk, gordon and harris on the bench this week

    1. Chase and Lamb are starts. Third would be Jamaal Williams.

  7. Russell Wilson is killing my team! Let’s Ride or drop him like it’s hot??? I just picked up dak as a free agent but won’t be able to start him until next week. Looking for advice what to do? Do you see any hope with Russ?

    1. It depends on your options. If you belive Russ is cooked ..he is a drop. If you think it is a case where it just takes a few weeks for new QB to get a hold of the offense.. he is a play.

  8. 1pt PPR if D’Andre Swift is out need one of these for my flex:

    Kareem Hunt
    Dameon Pierce
    Gabe Davis
    Terry McLaurin

    1. Gabe likely has the highest upside. Pierce is interesting as well. But go with Gabe

  9. Trade targets for short-term and potential to flip later. Who is the better short-term gain?


    1. The thigh injury is a slight concern for CMC, but that could make him a bit “cheaper” in trades. He has the higher upside. Both nice targets

  10. Thoughts on grabbing WanDale with Shepard out for the season?

    Im sitting on Zamir White as a deep stash but I would drop him. However dont see Wandale anywhere in your data…

    1. I’d drop Zamir if you don’t roster Jacobs

  11. Have a glut of RBs. Would you trade Breece Hall & Dameon Pierce for Joe Mixon? (Have Aaron Jones, JWilliams, and DMont)

    1. Yes probably so – maybe you could get one more buy low flex type asset in return to equalize value a little more- but maybe you are looking to clear a roster spot. Going after Mixon is smart- you might be making somewhat more than a fair offer though- although not totally out of bounds by any means

      1. You’re right, I was trying to clear a roster spot & felt like I had to slightly overpay for a 1st rd RB. I’ll start with asking for Mixon and Elijah Moore

  12. Romeo Doubs is available on waivers. .5 ppr
    My WRs are Chase, Lamb, Sutton (3 weekly starters) with reserves – DK, Ayiuk, and Toney
    We can start a 4th WR in the flex. Should I try and grab Romeo? if so who should I drop? I am leaning towards toney since even when he starts to play Romeo has the better QB tossing him the rock. What do you think ?

    Also have non-starting RBs – damien harris and Melvin Gordon. (starters are cook/matteson, and the two Williams)


    1. Doubs is a must roster. Hate to drop Toney but he is the one you may need to clip

  13. Been dancing around this one in multiple posts, but I’ve got Hill and Waddle occupying 2/3 WR-eligible slots.

    Is it too risky to start Waddle?

    I can throw one of: London, Samuel, Gabe Davis, G Wilson or B Cooks in his place.

  14. I’d monitor his practices, but if he is anything better than doubtful, I’d roll with Waddle. Otherwise, I’d go with London.

  15. Post By Robert Braswell

    Hey guys need 1 rb and 1 flex Full pt ppr between Gibson, Hall,Pierce and Jeudy..already starting
    And Hollywood brown in one flex…thanks

    1. I like Pierce and Gibson

  16. Post By Robert Braswell

    And in cbs league full ppr one for flex
    Olave, Metcalf or B.cooks

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