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 Super Bowl 54 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 as the Super Bowl approaches.
Super Bowl WR/CB Matchups: 49ers vs. Chiefs
49ers WRs: Since joining the 49ers in Week 8, Emmanuel Sanders has been the ostensible No. 1 wide receiver, but he’s been out-produced by rookie Deebo Samuel, who has had a very 2018 D.J. Moore-esque performance with 47-722-2 receiving and 14-200-3 rushing in his 12 games with Sanders.
Kendrick Bourne is locked in as the No. 3 wide receiver, but despite his six touchdowns this year, he’s rather unreliable. He played just 14 snaps in the NFC Championship because the team leaned on the running attack and used fullback Kyle Juszczyk instead of a third wide receiver for most of the game.