Fantasy football Week 8 shadow report: Key WR/CB matchups

By using our play-by-play data, we're able to identify defensive schemes and where each wide receiver and cornerback lines up on each play. By tracking these WR/CB matchups, including potential shadow situations, we can offer the best projections, rankings, sit/start decisions and fantasy advice each week. Fantasy football is a weekly game, so knowing the matchups can also help you make the best waiver wire pickups.

Down below are the receivers with the best and worst matchups this week, as well as the corresponding fantasy impact.

To view the primary defenders the top three wide receivers for each team will see this weekend, be sure to check out our weekly WR vs. CB cheat sheet.

Note that, unless otherwise noted, references to where teams rank in statistical categories adjusts to a per-game basis in order to avoid distortion due to bye weeks.

Advantageous matchups

Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins vs. Packers' Eric Stokes (shadow)

Stokes is a first-round rookie with what very well could be a bright future, but he simply hasn't been much of a deterrent in two shadow situations over the past three weeks. Stokes traveled with Ja'Marr Chase on the perimeter in Week 5 and did the same with Terry McLaurin in Week 7. Chase posted a 6-159-1 receiving line on 10 targets and McLaurin put up 7-122-1 on 11 targets in their respective game, with most of that coming against Stokes.