It’s that time of week, ladies and gentlemen! We will breakdown each of the outside matchups, as well as my 10 favorite matchups out of the slot. Then, below the charts in this article, I break down my five absolute favorite matchups by price in DFS, as well as likely ownership in seasonal formats. This article is critical to seasonal and daily players, as this will help you gain a competitive advantage when setting your lineups.

Remember, the No. 1 wide receiver doesn’t always matchup against the No. 1 cornerback. This isn’t a game of Madden! Seriously, it’s not!

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OffenseLeft WRDefenseRight CBAnalysis
ARIChad Williams DENAdam Jones Williams has just five grabs on the season, and just one game this season with more than one grab. He's averaging four targets per game over the past two weeks, which simply isn't enough to be used in any fantasy format at this juncture. Move on. Nothing to see here.
ATLJulio Jones NYGEli Apple Jones is on pace for a historic season, in that he could get near 1,900 receiving yards without finding pay dirt. Regardless, he's a WR1 this week, despite Apple being rather solid in coverage this season.
BALMichael Crabtree NOMarshon Lattimore The Saints have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, but Crabtree's drops have killed what could be rather productive fantasy outings. Crabtree has 10 red zone targets this season, but just three of those have been when Crabtree was in the end zone.* Crabtree is a reliable flex option in a good matchup.
BUFKelvin Benjamin INDPierre Desir Kelvin Benjamin in a GPP this week? Believe it or not, yes. It could be a thing. From 2014-2016, in nine games that Anderson played, Benjamin averaged 14.17 fantasy points in a PPR format. Yes, it's crazy to think that Benjamin could be useful this week, but it's certainly plausible. Throw him in a GPP and hope for the best.
CARDevin Funchess PHIRonald Darby Regardless whether it's Darby or Jalen Mills covering Funchess, he's going to have a day. Even with the return of Greg Olsen , Funchess will see his seven or so targets, and against this Eagles defense, that should be plenty. Darby has been the most targeted corner in all of football, and if that trend continues, Funchess should be in for a solid day. Start Funchess as a volume-dependent WR2.
CHITaylor Gabriel NEJason McCourty Gabriel has strung together some nice performance and the Patriots have allowed the 11th-most receptions to wide receivers this season. With New England putting up points on a weekly basis, it will be up to Mitchell Trubisky to keep the Bears close, and for that to happen, Gabriel needs to be involved. Start Gabriel with confidence in your flex in Week 7.
CINA.J. Green KCSteven Nelson Green is in an excellent matchup and his 10 end zone targets are the second-most among all players on the entire slate.* Start Green with confidence yet again in a contest that could see Cincinnati eclipse 30 points scored.
CLEDamion Ratley TBRyan SmithFilling in for Derrick Willies , the rookie out of Texas A&M caught six of eight targets for 82 yards.  Ratley now gets to go up against Ryan Smith , who has allowed three touchdowns in coverage and 1.08 yards per coverage snap.* Ratley has flex appeal in Week 7.
DALMichael Gallup WASQuinton Dunbar Gallup is seeing the field more, but he's yet to produce a fantasy worthy game this season. He's caught more than one pass in just one game over the last five weeks, and despite Dunbar allowing a 122.5 passer rating when targeted this season, Gallup simply cannot be trusted in any starting lineup at this point.
DENCourtland Sutton ARIBene BenwikerePlaying opposite of Patrick Peterson lends yourself to a few extra targets on a weekly basis. Benwikere has stood tall, however, allowing a 72.0 passer rating when targeted.* I like Sutton for a touchdown this game, as one quarter of his targets come with him in the end zone.* It's a scoring week for Sutton!
DETMarvin Jones MIATorry McTyerMcTyer has allowed a perfect 158.3 passer rating when targeted this season, and with Jones' red zone usage, Jones remains in flex consideration, at least, on a weekly basis. Of Jones' 11 targets, 10 have come with Jones being in the end zone.* Nearly one-third of his targets come with Jones being in the end zone!  He's been a touchdown-or-bust option this season, but this seems to be a great spot for a Jones touchdown in Week 7.
HOUDeAndre Hopkins JAXA.J. Bouye It's a tough matchup, don’t get me wrong, but you're still starting Hopkins no matter what. Over the past two years, he's topped 80 yards just twice against the Jaguars, finding the end zone twice in that span. He'll get his double-digit targets, no questions asked, but the real question is whether the Texans' wretched offensive line can give Deshaun Watson enough time to deliver the football.
INDT.Y. Hilton BUFTre'Davious White Hilton was practicing earlier in the week, meaning he should be good to go. Temper expectations when placing him in your fantasy lineups, however, as he'll likely deal with shadow coverage from Tre'Davious White . He traveled with Houston's DeAndre Hopkins , and will likely do so this week. Drop Hilton to the WR2 realm.
JAXKeelan Cole HOUJohnathan Joseph Joseph has allowed the eighth-most receiving yards in coverage this season, but he's played much better football of late, albeit against notable weak passing offenses (Dallas and Buffalo). Regardless, he's playing well, but Jacksonville's persistence on crossing routes could give the slower Joseph some problems. Cole is a middling flex option this week, as the Houston secondary is improving each week.
KCTyreek Hill CINWilliam Jackson Jackson has the potential to develop into one of the game's most reliable corners, but let me tell you something I learned on Sunday night… Speed kills. DID YOU SEE HILL OUTRUN THE PATRIOTS DEFENSE? Freakin' impressive. Hill possesses game-changing speed and while he may not score three touchdowns again this week, he should find pay dirt at least once.
LACMike WilliamsTENMalcolm Butler Butler has allowed the most receiving yards in coverage this season, not to mention five touchdowns on 29 receptions!* Williams has been quiet of late, but like I wrote in the DFS WR Coach this week, it's a Mike Williams week, ladies and gents! He's a low-end WR2 for me in Week 7.
LARBrandin Cooks SFAhkello Witherspoon No team has a worse DVOA on passes to the left side of he field  than the 49ers, not to mention that the rank in the bottom third of the NFL in terms  of DVOA on deep passes, per Football Outsiders. Cooks was a bit quiet in the team's last outing, but prior to last week's game, he had recorded at least five grabs for 87 yards in each game. Start Cooks with confidence in Week 7 with back-end WR1 upside.
MIAAlbert Wilson DETTeez Tabor Not a bad matchup here for Wilson, coming off a big game with none other than Brock Osweiler under center. It's not chasing points when the player is in a good spot after a big game. Osweiler preferred Wilson to Kenny Stills and Co. last week, so why wouldn't it carry over again? Be wary of putting too much faith into Osweiler, however. Trust me, I'm a Texans fan.
MINLaquon Treadwell NYJMorris Claiborne Claiborne is balling out this season, and only San Francisco's Richard Sherman (39.6) has allowed a lower passer rating when targeted this season than Claiborne (45.7), among qualified corners.* Treadwell is a low-end fantasy asset to begin with, but in a tough matchup, his outlook is dampened even more.
NEChris Hogan CHIPrince Amukamara Hogan has seen four targets in three of his past four games, and hasn't found the end zone since scoring twice against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Josh Gordon 's role is increasing and Rob Gronkowski isn't going anywhere, which slightly diminishes Hogan's fantasy value. He remains a flex option, but less enticing than a few weeks ago.
NOMichael Thomas BALBrandon Carr This just might be one of the most fun matchups to watch this Sunday, as these two players have been some of the best at their respective positions. Per Pro Football Focus' player grades, Thomas is the No. 7 wide receiver and Carr is the No. 25 cornerback. Despite a tough matchup with Carr and his 61.1 passer rating when targeted this season, you're starting Thomas in every format. No questions asked.
NYGCody Latimer ATLRobert Alford Alford has allowed 14.2 yards per reception this season and three touchdowns in coverage.* Latimer is an unappealing fantasy asset with Eli Manning under center. Fade. Fade. Fade.
NYJAndre Roberts MINTrae Waynes The Vikings have the second worst DVOA on passes to the left side of the field (offense's view), which is where Roberts will spend a good chunk of his day. Avoiding Xavier Rhodes is key when facing the Vikings, as Waynes has allowed a 149.3 passer rating when targeted and 1.64 yards per coverage snap.* However, Roberts is a middling option to say the least, as he just doesn't move the fantasy needle.
PHIJordan Matthews CARDonte Jackson The Panthers have been stingy to opposing receivers this season, in fact, Carolina has allowed just two top-24 finishes at the position. Jackson has allowed a mere 54.0 passer rating when targeted this season, as well as positing a 1:3 TD/INT ratio.* Matthews isn't worth starting this week.
SFMarquise Goodwin LARMarcus Peters Goodwin is coming off a monster game on Monday Night Football and now gets a matchup with the vulnerable Marcus Peters . Los Angeles' top corner has struggled in coverage this season, allowing the 19th-most receiving yards, while tying for the league-lead with five touchdowns allowed.* Start Goodwin as a low-end WR2 in Week 7.
TBDeSean Jackson CLET.J. CarrieJackson's 0.53 fantasy points per opportunity (standard format) lead all receivers, largely in part to being a successful vertical threat through the first six weeks of the season. Jackson is a risky cash game play, but he's certainly startable in GPPs and seasonal formats.
TENTajae Sharpe LACTrevor Williams While Casey Hayward is rounding into form, Williams is struggling a bit out wide. Williams is allowing over 15 yards per reception this season, to go along with three touchdowns and a 132.3 passer rating when targeted.* However, the Tennessee passing offense is abysmal and the offensive line is coming off an atrocious day. Leave Sharpe on your bench.
WASMaurice Harris DALByron Jones Jones has been tough on the opposition, allowing a catch rate of just 50 percent and a 65.5 passer rating when targeted.* Harris shouldn't be started in any format, especially in a tough matchup with Byron Jones .
OffenseRight WRDefenseLeft CBAnalysis
ARIChristian Kirk DENBradley Roby The switch from Sam Bradford to Josh Rosen has been exponentially better for the rookie out of Texas A&M. Kirk saw a season-high seven targets last week, hauling in six of them for 77 yards, and now gets a matchup against Roby and the Denver secondary. Over the last two weeks, only three cornerbacks have allowed more receiving yards than Roby. *Furthermore, Kirk has shown the ability to make a chunk play for this offense, and during this two week span, Roby has allowed an average reception of 28.3 yards.*
ATLCalvin Ridley NYGJanoris Jenkins Do you believe in recency bias? Well, if so, Ridley might find his way in all of your lineups. Over the last two weeks, Jenkins has allowed eight grabs for 107 yards and a whopping four touchdowns.* He's been horrible lately, and with Ridley's prowess in the end zone to date, he makes for a great play in Week 7.
BALJohn Brown NOKen Crawley Oh baby, here we go! The Saints have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, and Crawley has allowed the seventh-most yards in coverage this season.* Brown leads the Ravens in red zone targets and is clearly their most dynamic wide receiver. What isn't there to love this week?
BUFZay Jones INDQuincy Wilson Derek Anderson isn't a half-bad replacement option, as he put up some decent games in lieu of Cam Newton in recent years. Wilson has allowed a catch rate of 100 percent this season, to go along with an astounding 141.2 passer rating when targeted.*
CARTorrey Smith PHIJalen Mills If there was ever going to be a Torrey Smith week, it's right here in Week 7. With Mills' coverage struggles this season (2nd-most yards allowed), Smith could get free on a double-move for a long touchdown.*  I love Smith in GPPs this weekend.
CHIAllen Robinson NEStephon Gilmore The Patriots rank 29th against the opposition's No. 1 wide receiver and he's finding the end zone with regularity. Robinson has four end zone targets on the year, hauling in two of them for touchdowns.* Start Robinson with confidence against a New England defense that has been torched in recent weeks.
CINJohn Ross KCOrlando Scandrick The Chiefs have been bad as an entire defense this season, but Scandrick has been half-decent in stopping the opposition. This seems like a half-decent opportunity for Ross, but he hasn't been good all season, he's returning from injury, and one could argue that Scandrick has been Kansas City's best cover corner. Ross is a GPP option only in Week 7.
CLEAntonio Callaway TBBrent Grimes The Good: Callaway saw 10 targets last week against the Chargers. The Bad: He caught just two of them. The Ugly: Those two catches went for just nine yards. Jarvis Landry and David Njoku are going to get a lot of love against a horrible Tampa Bay secondary, but in a GPP, throw Callaway in a few lineups, as the rookie from Florida is due for a monster game with gunslinger Baker Mayfield calling the shots.
DALAllen Hurns WASJosh Norman I don't mind targeting Norman in GPPs, but when Allen Hurns is the option, I shake my head no. Vigorously. Norman has allowed three touchdowns in coverage this season, but Hurns has just one game with three or more receptions this season.* Easy fade here, folks.
DENDemaryius Thomas ARIPatrick Peterson No thanks to DT this week. Attacking Patrick Peterson isn't the type of business I want to be involved in whatsoever. The star cornerback has allowed a 57.3 passer rating when targeted and just 0.56 yards per coverage snap. If you have the luxury, Thomas should be benched this week.
DETKenny Golladay MIAXavien Howard Howard has been quite impressive this season, allowing a 74.2 passer rating when targeted and a 2:3 TD/INT ratio.* Conversely, Golladay has been exceptional this season with Matthew Stafford and occupies nearly one-third of the team's targeted air yards, per Next Gen Stats. Despite the tough matchup, I'm rolling Golladay out there in all seasonal formats, but likely shading away in DFS.
HOUWill Fuller VJAXJalen Ramsey Fuller will see both Ramsey and Bouye throughout the course of this game, and while you may be frustrated with his recent performances, he's just missed some big plays, including lengthy touchdown heaves from Deshaun Watson . Fuller remains in flex consideration this week, but there's no denying that it is a brutally tough matchup with a division rival.
INDRyan Grant BUFRyan Lewis Regardless of whether T.Y. Hilton is able to suit up for this game, you can start Grant, as Lewis hasn't been great in coverage over the last three weeks. Lewis has allowed 3.28 yards per coverage snap and a 100.4 passer rating when targeted.* While Grant was quiet last week, he did post double-digit fantasy points each of the three weeks before last week's clunker.
JAXDonte Moncrief HOUKareem JacksonWith Shareece Wright out of action, Kareem Jackson will slide out to cornerback for this matchup. Jcakson has played really well this season in coverage, but he's certainly vulnerable. Andre Hal returning gives the Texans secondary a nice boost, adding additional help behind the likes of Joseph and Jackson.
KCSammy Watkins CINDre Kirkpatrick Watkins is a risky start this week, as Kirkpatrick has balled out over the past three weeks. In fact, during this three week span, Kirkpatrick has allowed just three receptions on 12 targets.* Now, Patrick Mahomes and this Kansas City offense is a different animal, and when Kirkpatrick has allowed a reception in recent weeks, it's turned out to be a chunk play.
LACTyrell Williams TENAdoree' Jackson Jackson has easily been the team's best cover corner, as Butler has been horrendous this season. Over the last three weeks, the second-year pro has allowed just under 12 yards per reception and a 62.9 passer rating when targeted.* Williams is coming off a big game, keeping him in flex territory, but I like Mike Williams more this week.
LARRobert Woods SFRichard Sherman Cooper Kupp won't be out there this week, but the available targets will likely head towards Brandin Cooks , as Richard Sherman has been brutal on opposing quarterbacks and receivers. Woods should still be started in seasonal formats, unless you're super loaded at wide receiver. However, temper expectations in a tough matchup.
MIAKenny Stills DETDarius Slay With Brock Osweiler under center, Stills was a relative non-factor, hauling in one of just two targets for 35 yards. Albert Wilson was the man to have with the Brocketship under center, and with Slay opposing Stills this weekend, it wouldn't be a shock to see Stills take a backseat yet again in Week 7.
MINStefon Diggs NYJDarryl Roberts With Treadwell likely seeing fewer targets due to being covered by Morris Claiborne , it will yet again be another week with Diggs and Adam Thielen hogging the targets in the Minnesota passing attack. Roberts has been decent over the last three weeks, but Diggs is a different animal. Diggs remains a high-end WR2 in Week 7, and I envision Diggs racking up around 75 yards with a score.
NEJosh Gordon CHIKyle FullerFuller hasn't been easy to throw on over the past three weeks, allowing a 94.0 passer rating when targeted and averages of 3.33 receptions and 54 yards per game during that span.* Gordon's snap and target share are slowly increasing and there's no denying that his physical gifts could shine with Tom Brady under center. The rapport will grow each week, and Gordon should be considered no lower than a premium- high-end flex option moving forward.
NOTre'Quan SmithBALMarlon Humphrey The Baltimore corners have been really good this year, and Humphrey has held his own across from Brandon Carr . The opposition tends to target Humphrey often, but he's responded rather well, holding opposing receivers to a catch rate just above 50 percent.* Sure, he's allowed three touchdowns, but his 0.84 yards per coverage snap is actually lower than Carr's (0.97).* I love Smith as much as the next guy, but unless you're in a bind, he can remain on the bench. However, in DFS, a GPP dart throw makes sense here.
NYGOdell Beckham Jr.ATLDesmond Trufant OBJ was called out by the owner of the team for doing more talking than playing, and who knows how he will respond. However, Beckham is in a plus matchup against a battered Atlanta defense and Trufant has allowed a 108.3 passer rating when targeted this season.* Beckham remains a WR1 in Week 7. Don't get cute.
NYJRobby Anderson MINXavier Rhodes Not a great spot for Anderson, but he'll have his time away from Rhodes during this contest. Minnesota is going to put up some points, setting the stage for a positive game script for Anderson. He's a GPP option only in Week 7.
PHIAlshon Jeffery CARJames Bradberry Bradberry has done some shadowing lately, but it doesn't mean that he's been shutdown. He's fared well against A.J. Green and Josh Doctson , but Julio Jones and Odell Beckham had decent games.* Jeffery is a favorite of Carson Wentz and will see close to double-digit targets in this contest. Start Jeffery with the utmost confidence in this matchup.
SFPierre Garcon LARTroy Hill No corner in the league has allowed more receiving yards the last two weeks than Hill. During this two week span, he has allowed an absurd 4.84 yards per coverage snap to go along with a 75 percent catch rate.* Goodwin is going to get a love this week, but Garcon is a nice pivot in this game.
TBMike Evans CLEDenzel Ward Despite being a rookie, Ward is a cornerback to be feared. He's started shadowing recently, per Pro Football Focus, and held John Brown and Keenan Allen to a combined three receptions on 10 targets for 60 yards.* Evans should be started in all season long formats, since you drafted him as your WR1 or WR2, but in DFS, where you have the entire National Football League at your fingertips, there are far better options to target.
TENCorey Davis LACCasey Hayward Hayward is rounding into form and once again is confirming the notion that he is one of the best corners in the National Football League. Do you know what Kelvin Benjamin , Amari Cooper and Antonio Callaway have in common? None of those three tallied more than 16 receiving yards in Hayward's coverage.* The Tennessee passing offense is atrocious, and even with high volume, Davis is going to struggle in this matchup. He's a low-upside flex option.
WASMichael Floyd DALChidobe Awuzie The Cowboys haven't been burned by big plays this season, allowing just 17 passes of 20 or more yards, and while I liked Richardson this week, his news of being doubtful doesn't carry the same excitement for me with Floyd on the field. Alex Smith could have a tough day without two of his top three receivers.

Now, here are my 10 favorite matchups in the slot in Week 7.

OffenseSlot WRDefenseSlot CBAnalysis
MINAdam Thielen NYJParry Nickerson Thielen continues to rack up 100-yard games and he draws an uber-favorable matchup out of the slot against Nickerson. Here comes another 100-yard game for Thielen. Lock it up.
CINTyler Boyd KCKendall Fuller Boyd is seeing plenty of action from Andy Dalton this season, as he is on pace for just under 140 targets this season. Boyd found the end zone twice last season and gets a favorable matchup this week out of the slot against Fuller. Start Boyd everywhere.
LACKeenan Allen TENLogan RyanAllen saw just six targets last week, but the dude continues to put up double-digit fantasy points in PPR formats across the world! He's scored just one touchdown on the season, which is concerning, but he's on pace for 96 grabs and 1,157 yards, which is a quality season. Continue to roll Allen out there in all of your fantasy leagues.
CLEJarvis Landry TBM.J. Stewart Landry is getting enough work with Mayfield, it's just the effectiveness that has been missing. However, this is a great opportunity for Landry to rip off a monster game, as Stewart has allowed the second-most receiving yards in slot coverage this season.* Start Landry with confidence and enjoy some WR1 numbers this week.
DENEmmanuel Sanders ARIBudda Baker Baker has allowed the third-most receiving yards out of the slot this season and a whopping 24 receptions on 28 targets.* Sanders continues to get plenty of work from Case Keenum , making him a top five slot option in Week 7.
HOUKeke Coutee JAXTyler PatmonCoutee saw just five targets last week, but he was averaging 11 targets per game in his first two games of the season. With Hopkins and Fuller dealing with Ramsey and Bouye out wide, Coutee is the receiver with the most favorable matchup in the game. Coutee can be your flex option this week.
NEJulian Edelman CHIBryce Callahan Not an ideal matchup in terms of effectiveness for Edelman, as Callahan has allowed less than seven yards per reception this season.* However, Callahan has allowed a catch rate of 94.4 percent this season.* Edelman might not have a huge day in terms of yardage, but should catch quite a few balls, something in the range of seven grabs for 62 yards.
NYJJermaine Kearse MINMackensie Alexander The Kearse chalk week picks up some more steam, as Minnesota rookie Mike Hughes is out for the season with a torn ACL, meaning Alexander will continue operating in slot coverage. Alexander has forced just three incompletions on passes thrown his way, as well as a whopping 2.21 yards per coverage snap.* Kearse will be a popular cash game play this weekend.
BALWillie Snead NOP.J. Williams Williams is easily exploitable out of the slot and the entire Saints defense as a whole has been that of a sieve this season. Snead hasn't been a play of mine often this season, but if there was ever a week to play him, it's right here.
DETGolden Tate MIAMinkah Fitzpatrick This isn't an easy matchup, as Fitzpatrick has been solid in coverage this season, allowing a measly 46.8 passer rating when targeted in the slot this season.* Tate remains a startable asset in seasonal formats, but should be faded in the daily realm.


Adam Thielen vs. Parry Nickerson

Come on now. Did you expect anything else here? Thielen is racking up 100-yard games with exceptional regularity and with Thielen chasing history, why not ensure that he continues to eclipse 100 yards? The Jets have been with one of the worst teams in slot coverage this season, as Buster Skrine and Parry Nickerson are below-average options. You should start Thielen everywhere you can in Week 7, as he is in line for another big game.

John Brown vs. Ken Crawley

I’ve said it once, or twice, and I’ll say it again. . . PICK ON Ken Crawley ! He’s allowed the seventh-most receiving yards this season and the Saints defense as a whole has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Brown continues to get Joe Flacco ’s attention in the red zone and with Michael Crabtree ’s drops coming back into the picture, Brown has quickly developed into Flacco’s most reliable target. Brown can be trusted as a WR2 this week, as well as a cash game play in DFS.


Keke Coutee vs. Tyler Patmon

Over the last two weeks, Patmon has allowed 66 receiving yards out of the slot, and while that may not seem like much, it’s valuable information.* He’s allowed a catch rate of 100 percent during that span, not to mention a 118.8 passer rating when targeted.* With DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller dealing with Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye , Coutee will be the receiver in the advantageous matchup more often than not. With the Texans trying to compensate for the worst offensive line in football, expect a lot of quick hitters to Coutee, who has shown to be dangerous in space.

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Kelvin Benjamin vs. Pierre Desir

It’s still crazy to me that I’m writing about Benjamin in a somewhat positive light, as he has never even popped on my radar in 2018. However, with Derek Anderson under center, Benjamin should have some level of comfort with a quarterback that he has had success with in the past. In nine games that Anderson played with Benjamin during their time together in Carolina, Benjamin averaged nearly 15 fantasy points per game in a PPR format. The Colts defense is beatable in the secondary, and Benjamin’s height will give Indianapolis fits. Benjamin is a sneaky good play this week.


*Information gathered from research done at Pro Football Focus.