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RosterWatch Week 7 Matchup Tool Now Available

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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 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 Rams RB Darrell Henderson, and would like to see how he matches up against the defense he faces this week.

First, look down the list and find the Rams (Henderson’s team). You will see that the Rams’ opponent (OPP) is the Lions in Week 7, 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 RAMS, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the LIONS). In the “OPP vs. RBs” cell for the Rams, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means Henderson faces our best possible matchup for opposing RBs in Week 7 (the Lions). This is a great indicator for owners of Henderson, 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. 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


  1. Ppr. At the point where I don’t know who to drop. Waivers went through and someone dropped David Montgomery. Should I get him? I am also looking to pick up Wentz to cover bye. My options to drop on my bench are Alex Collins, Michael carter, Damien Williams, Julio Jones, Elijah mitchel and Emmanuel sanders. Which 2 do I drop?

    Also who do you like better this week Carr or Wentz

    1. Yes I would go after Montgomery, would probably drop Carter or Damien Williams

  2. I’m at the top of my league and somehow Russell Wilson and Kittle are out there on waivers with their IR designation. It’d be a long play in a 2 QB, 8 person PPR league.

    Those I can drop. Bateman, TY, or Tony.

    Should I go for both and limit my bench through the bye weeks?

    1. My goodness I would pick up both and deal with bye week issues later!

  3. Russ and McKissic got dropped this week, who should I prioritize with 1st waiver

    QB: Burrow
    RBs: Henry, Fournette, JRobinson, Chubba

  4. Post By Show Me Your TDs

    16 Team league 3-3 and picking up steam.
    Unfortunately QBs are too thin. I have Baker and need to drop him. Would you do the swap for Keenum (hope for some sort of revenge narrative) or should I go with with Mac Jones, Goff or Jimmy G? Im personally going back and forth between Keenum and Jones and hoping to get swayed to a side. Appreciate the help.

  5. I’d go with Jones. Keenum hasn’t seen any game action

  6. Post By

    I have Josh Allen on bye this week, and Tua in my lineup currently. This league is 12 team, and awards 1 pt for QB completions, but -0.5 points for incompletions.

    Should I be running Tua out there this week? Bridgewater, Wentz, Goff, Daniel Jones, Winston and Jimmy G are all available as well.


  7. 1PPR League:

    Need 1 WR : Julio Jones, Jakobi Meyers or DeVante Parker?
    Also 1 Flex from the same list

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