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RosterWatch Week 9 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 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 Colts RB Jonathan Taylor, and would like to see how he matches up against the defense he faces this week.

First, look down the list and find the Colts (Taylor’s team). You will see that the Colts’ 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 COLTS, but rather, for the OPPONENT THEY FACE IN THIS GIVEN WEEK (the JETS). In the “OPP vs. RBs” cell for the Colts, you’ll notice a big, blue ‘No. 1’. This means Taylor faces our best possible matchup for opposing RBs in Week 9 (the Jets). This is a great indicator for fantasy owners of Taylor, 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. sorry posted in the wiaver wire post,but

    got killed at RB this week. lost henry and james robinson. have m sanders and jd mckissic on my bench.

    dropped Henry to pick up scott. was able to also pick up AP.

    for rest of year pollard, drake, and ty johnson are out on waivers. are any of those guys preferable over J.D. McKissic?

    1. In PPR I think McKissic is the more important guy to have, in std, I’d rather have Pollard.

  2. 12 team .5ppr

    Who do you prefer ROS…

    R Moore or B Edwards?


    1. feels a little like a toss up, but we’ve seen that Rondale can really get lost in the shuffle for touches on a consistent basis. Edwards has a chance to break out with no more Ruggs, so maybe I’d lean that way as far as a stash.

      1. Thanks Alex

  3. D Peoples Jones is also available.

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    I’m a world of hurt for RB. For this week am I rolling Michel, Howard, Ahmed, David Johnson? Burkehead? Yeah, it’s ugly

    1. Burkhead and Howard seem like your best bets

  5. 10 team full PPR.
    Who would you rather roster
    C Davis or D Smith?
    Thank you..

  6. Smith, at least for this week

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