The next wave of Fantasy football matchup analysis is here, and it involves focusing on defensive coverage scheme tendencies. SportsLine Fantasy expert Jacob Gibbs put an emphasis on quarterback and receiver performance when facing specific types of coverages in 2020, and it helped him predict massive performances such as Tyreek Hill's 60.9 DraftKings point performance in Week 12 and Davante Adams' 47.6-point performance in Week 7.
Gibbs' Fantasy football draft rankings were the eighth-most accurate in the nation across the 2018-20 seasons, per FantasyPros, and he is back with weekly Fantasy rankings and a DFS Helper for SportsLine users. In 2018, Gibbs predicted Patrick Mahomes' Fantasy explosion. In 2019, he projected big-time breakouts for Lamar Jackson and Chris Godwin, while also identifying Darren Waller as the top late-round tight end pick. Last season, Gibbs was one of the few analysts who ranked Davante Adams as Fantasy's WR1 entering the season, and he was all over the breakout seasons for Calvin Ridley and Antonio Gibson. Anyone who has followed Gibbs advice over the past three seasons has been well on their way to a league title.
Now, Gibbs has analyzed the coverage scheme matchups for every game in Week 1 and found nine spots that stand out.
One matchup Gibbs is especially excited for in Week 1: Jacksonville's Trevor Lawrence and Laviska Shenault facing a Texans defense that used man coverage at one of the highest rates in the league in 2020. Lawrence was significantly better when facing man coverage at Clemson, and Shenault led the nation in yards per route run vs. man coverage at Colorado in 2019. As a rookie, he was targeted at one of the highest rates in the NFL when facing man coverage.
So which players stand to benefit the most from their specific schematic matchups? And which WR should you be fading against a zone-heavy defense that limits deep passing? ... Join SportsLine here to see Jacob Gibbs' weekly Fantasy Football Helper, all from one of the nation's most accurate experts as graded by FantasyPros!