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RosterWatch Week 8 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 Bengals RB Joe Mixon, and would like to see how he matches up against the defense he faces this week.

First, look down the list and find the Bengals (Mixon’s team). You will see that the Bengals’ opponent (OPP) is the Jets in Week 8, 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 BENGALS, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the JETS). In the “OPP vs. RBs” cell for the Bengals, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means Mixon faces our best possible matchup for opposing RBs in Week 8 (the Jets). This is a great indicator for owners of Mixon, 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. I streamed tge Pat’s D last weekend. Who do you stream out of this group? Sea, Atl, KC, LAC, Phi, Pit, Chi, Was? I was ready to grab Pit but with Cle at home and getting healthy that does not look as appealing! I was leaning Atl or Chi but looking for thoughts from you all! Khalil Mack news could hurt Chi

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    Trade terms have changed. Need advice:

    I would trade away:
    Justin Jefferson
    James Robinson
    Khalil Herbert

    Aaron Jones
    Diontae Johnson

    My other players:
    Antonio Brown
    Amari Cooper
    Kyle Pitts
    Michael Carter
    Tony Pollard


    1. Too rich for my blood. Robinson is with his weight in gold

  3. These guys are on my waiver wire, what order would you rank them ROS? (12 team PPR): Jarvis Landry, Jerry Jeudy, Michael Gallup, Michael Thomas. Thanks!

    1. Thomas, Landry, jeudy, Gallup

  4. 12 Team .5 PPR (3-4)

    [1] QB: Herbert
    [2] RB: N. Harris, Gainwell (Sanders, E. Mitchell, B. Scott
    [2] WR: Diggs, McLaurin (AB, Ruggs)
    [1] TE: Uzomah
    [2] W/R/T: Thielen, Higgins
    [2] IR: Fuller, Wilson
    Bench total: (6)

    Should I be trying to get a deal done for A. Jones? This 2-5 team below offered me Jones, Dillon + Shenault for my Diggs, Mitchell + J. Wilson but I said no so not sure where to go from here? What would you guys counter with?

    Other team (2-5):

    [1] QB: Darnold
    [2] RB: A. Jones, Swift (Da. Williams, Dillon, Michel, Hasty)
    [2] WR: Lamb, Shenault (R. Anderson, Osborn)
    [1] TE: Pitts
    [2] W/R/T: Gibson, D’Ernest Johnson
    Bench total: (6)

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    For several reasons, I am in need of RB help.

    With the Ingram trade, who’s the best guy to pick up in Houston – David Johnson or Philip Lindsay? They’re both suboptimal, but I’m so racked with injuries, that any starting running back is better than starting Rhamondre Stevenson… right?

    full point ppr, 0.25 point per carry

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