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Fantasy football Week 14 shadow report: Key WR/CB matchups

Chris Godwin is coming off a 15-catch effort but will have a more difficult task against Buffalo. AP Photo/Scott Audette

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.

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 adjust to a per-game basis to avoid distortion due to bye weeks.


Advantageous matchups

Chiefs' Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle vs. Raiders' Nate Hobbs and Brandon Facyson

The Chiefs have faced two-high safeties a league-high 58% of the time this season, which has been the way opposing defenses are trying to eliminate their explosive plays. However, when these teams faced off in Week 10, the Raiders used two-high 28% of the time (the least Kansas City has seen it this season), instead sticking with their Cover-3 scheme. The Chiefs feasted, with Patrick Mahomes throwing for a season-high 406 yards and five touchdown passes. Perhaps the Raiders will adjust this week, but considering that they didn't last month and that they rank first in Cover-3 (46.2%) and last in two-high safety looks (24.8%), it's not something we should expect. Hill (7-83-2 receiving line), Travis Kelce (8-119-0), Darrel Williams (9-101-1 with Clyde Edwards-Helaire out) and Byron Pringle (4-46-1) all had good/great fantasy performances against Las Vegas, and we should expect another big offensive performance here in Week 13. Upgrade the Kansas City pass catchers across the board.