Fantasy football Shadow Report: Why Eagles WRs have advantage in Week 14

A.J. Brown caught eight of 10 targets for 119 yards and two touchdowns last week and draws an extremely favorable matchup against the Giants in Week 14. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

By using our play-by-play data, we're able to identify defense 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.

Here 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.

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

Lions' DJ Chark, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds vs. Vikings' Akayleb Evans, Chandon Sullivan and Patrick Peterson

The Vikings have allowed the second-most fantasy points overall to wide receivers and to the perimeter this season. They've allowed the most in both categories over the past eight weeks. Peterson has been solid as Minnesota's top perimeter corner, but with Cameron Dantzler on IR, the heavily targeted rookie Evans has struggled on the other side of the field. St. Brown, Chark, Reynolds and rookie Jameson Williams move around quite a bit and will see each of these corners a bit. They all get the Week 14 upgrade.