This article is part of our On Target series.
We have finally made it to the fantasy playoffs (for most of you). If you've been having a good season, there is a chance that a lot of you in seasonal leagues were able to secure a bye week for Week 14 but nevertheless, we are at the most important part of the NFL season for those of us who are hopelessly addicted to fantasy. Using the WR/CB matchup chart and data from Pro Football Focus, we are going to look at some interesting matchups this week for both seasonal leagues and daily fantasy.
DeAndre Hopkins vs San Francisco
Not that any of us ever would have benched Hopkins, but I do want to make it clear that Hopkins is the best overall play in daily fantasy this week. He has a 40 percent target share when Tom Savage is the Texans' QB and he has a great matchup this week. He's squaring off against Dontae Johnson of the 49ers, who is targeted on 16 percent of his coverage plays but allows 0.29 fantasy points per route run against. Hopkins should see double-digit targets against a very mediocre cover corner this week; pile on Hopkins in DFS.
Golden Tate vs Tampa Bay
Matthew Stafford is currently dealing with a hand injury which could potentially leave him unavailable to play this Sunday against the Bucs. I would imagine that will lead some people to bench Tate in their playoffs for a flashier alternative (Josh Gordon, Jamison Crowder