Football is a team sport comprised of individual matchups, the most important of which might be the matchup between wide receivers and cornerbacks.
In this piece, I leverage snap data from Pro Football Focus to project NFL Week 4 WR/CB matchups.
For more on the WR/CB duels, see the FantasyLabs Matchups page, where we provide all sorts of basic and advanced data — including fantasy and red-zone performance — for each offensive skill-position player based on his matchup.
Also consult our Week 4 injury report for status updates on receivers and corners.
WR/CB Matchup of the Week: Amari Cooper vs. Marshon Lattimore
When the Cowboys hosted the Saints last season in Week 13, Lattimore tailed Cooper on an outrageous 91.2% of his routes. I expect Cooper to get the Lattimore shadow treatment again this week.
It’s somewhat hard to say who won their matchup last year.
Cooper caught all seven of his targets against Lattimore for a 7-66-0 receiving performance. In total, he was 8-76-0 receiving on eight targets.
If a guy leads his team in targets and converts all of them into receptions, it’s hard to say that he didn’t win his matchup.
On top of that, when the Saints were down by a field goal within the two-minute warning and needed a stop, Cooper drew a pass interference from Lattimore on an end-zone target that likely would have been a touchdown if not for the penalty.
That effectively ended the game.
So Cooper, at first glance, looks like the clear winner.