Making tough roster decisions, week after week, can be in the hardest part of the fantasy football process. When you’re torn between two similar players and just don’t know where to start, start with the player with the superior matchup.
Ah, but sure. how is it possible to determine the best (and worst) weekly matches?
The Match Map provides a schedule-independent method of evaluating positional matches each week, ranking all 32 opposition defenses in order from most to least player-favorable opposition across all four skill positions (defender, running back, wide receiver, and tight end). . Instead of relying on seasonal totals, in this space we calibrate the data with valid scores to show how each defense performed compared to the complexity of the schedule it faced. This provides a fairer approach to assessing the quality of individual matches.
Adj. FPA, or Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed, reflects how much above or below the players average weekly PPR points the defense has kept opponents in that position. A positive number means the matchup is favorable; a negative number means it’s unfavorable. Also, remember that teams often use multiple runners and wide receivers in a game, and these plus/minus averages cover all team personnel in this position.
All data is taken from the NFL game over the past five weeks.
Finally, a word of caution: Matchups one ingredient in my rating formula. Not every favorable matchup should be used or an unfavorable matchup should be avoided. If you want my — and Sportzshala’s fantasy staff — the most comprehensive source of information on who to start and sit each week, check out our weekly rankings.