This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
Week 6 was almost comically favorable for the obvious matchups we've been exploiting all season. A tight end went for triple digits and a score against the Cardinals, a wide receiver single-handedly destroyed the Eagles, and a quarterback — one who also completes 65 percent of his passes for 7.7 yards per attempt — led the league in rushing yards against the Bengals.
We'll continue to pick on those same matchups as the season moves forward, but there are also some less obvious situations that warrant discussion, particularly when injuries, trades, suspensions or role changes impact a player's short-term context.
Before we get into specific players, here are some of my favorite tools for analyzing matchups and determining player valuations each week:
- Jeff Erickson's weekly rankings
- RotoWire's weekly projections
- Betting odds
- RotoWire's pages for advanced stats and TE route data.
- Pace stats and DVOA from Football Outsiders
- Next Gen Stats from NFL.com
- Player Grades and Premium Stats from Pro Football Focus
- Personnel Grouping Frequencies and Run:Pass Ratios from SharpFootballStats.com
- Opponent and teammate injuries
- Target share
- Snap counts
- Defense vs. Position stats
Note: Discussion below mostly is limited to players that are being started in 10-to-90 percent of lineups on Yahoo. There are plenty of other players with good or bad matchups, but we'll focus our energy on the guys most likely to be involved in difficult lineup decisions.
- Daniel Jones, NYG vs. ARZ
The Giants haven't run a single play with Jones, Saquon Barkley,