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Fantasy football Week 4 shadow report: Key WR/CB matchups

Ja'Marr Chase and the Bengals face the red-hot Dolphins on Thursday night. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

Fantasy football is a weekly game, so knowing the matchups can help you make the best lineup decisions. By utilizing 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 advice and waiver wire suggestions each week.

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 Cheatsheet.

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


Advantageous matchups

Colts' Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell and Alec Pierce vs. Titans' Kristian Fulton, Roger McCreary and Terrance Mitchell

The Titans are struggling to fill their cornerback room, and the clear evidence of that was when they signed Mitchell off the Patriots' practice squad last week and immediately inserted him as the nickel corner over Caleb Farley. Fulton and Mitchell handled perimeter duties against the Raiders, with rookie McCreary playing out wide in base and in the slot in nickel. Even with Las Vegas missing Hunter Renfrow, the results weren't great, with Mack Hollins exploding for 158 yards and one TD and Davante Adams also finding the end zone (though he was held to 36 yards on nine targets). In total, the Titans have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers (second most over expected), as well as the most points to the perimeter. They've allowed the most touchdowns (six) and highest yards per target (10.4) to the position. This, after allowing the second-most fantasy points to receivers in both 2020 and 2021. Enter heavily-targeted Pittman (84% perimeter), who is an obvious upgrade this week. Pierce (96% perimeter) is a sleeper on the other side of the field, whereas Campbell (73%) has barely been targeted and shouldn't be close to lineups.