Making those 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 which one to start with, my advice is to start with the player with the superior matchup.

Ah, but sure. how Is it possible to determine the best (and worst) weekly NFL games?

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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.

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For week 3, these maps include two parameters: the first, “Rk”, is my personal match rating; the second, “Adj. FPA” reflects how much above or below the average weekly PPR of players the defense has kept opponents in that position in 2021. Remember that teams often use multiple running backs and wide receivers in the game, and this is a plus / minus for medium coverage. all team personnel in this position.

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The reason for using my personal rating right now, rather than the yearly totals, is that the two-week protection scores do not provide an adequate sample by which to judge performance. When there are three weeks in the books, we will start using the 2022 data as well as my personal rankings to adjust for the still limited sample, and then starting at week 6 (five weeks in the books), we will rank by that alone. what the numbers say, and each subsequent week will provide a snapshot of the most recent five weeks.

A couple of caveats before we get started: take the 2021 data with a grain of salt, as the rankings are far more important. In addition, matches are only available one an integral part of the composition process, since every favorable match should not be used or an unfavorable match 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.