Wide receiver-cornerback showdowns might be the most important individual matchups in football.
In this piece, I leverage snap data from Pro Football Focus to project NFL Divisional Round WR/CB matchups.
For more, see the FantasyLabs Matchups page, where we provide basic and advanced data — including fantasy and red-zone performance — for each offensive skill-position player based on his matchup.
I’ll update my WR/CB projections throughout the week.
Divisional Round WR/CB Matchups
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers
Saturday, 4:35 pm ET
Vikings WRs: Stefon Diggs spent most of Wild Card Weekend trapped in cornerback Marshon Lattimore’s coverage, so had only 19 yards on three targets, but Adam Thielen went off for 129 yards and had the game-sealing catch in overtime.
After playing 93% of the snaps in Week 16 and resting in Week 17, Thielen definitively showed last week that he is recovered from the hamstring injury that sidelined him for almost two months.
With Thielen back, Olabisi Johnson has been the team’s primary slot receiver, although the Vikings tend to use two tight-end sets as their base formation.
49ers CBs: With Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon and K’Waun Williams — not to mention backup Emmanuel Moseley — the 49ers are stacked at corner. They rank No. 2 in PFF coverage grade.