This article is part of our On Target series.
Championship week has arrived in all civilized fantasy football leagues, and it is time to get down to the gritty work of figuring out the right plays to make. As always, there are massive DFS prize pools to be gawked at and potentially won. The stakes are high in Week 16 and with that idea in mind, lets turn to our good, bad and interesting WR/CB matchups for championship week.
Golden Tate vs Cincinnati
When I went to investigate Tate for this week, I was interested in him for DFS and as an easy start in league finals simply because his target volume is so stable. However, he actually has Pro Football Focus' No. 1 graded matchup of the week with a 65 percent advantage over the Bengals' KeiVarae Russell. Russell allows 0.48 fantasy points per route run against and an 88 percent completion rate in coverage. This should be an easy day at the office for Tate.
There is no denying that it feels strange to be clicking 'start' on Blake Bortles' wide receivers with league titles on the line, but it is absolutely the right move this week. With Marqise Lee unlikely to play, Keelan Cole projects for another start after a breakout game last week. Cole will be matched up with Donte Johnson, who he has a 15 percent advantage on per PFF. Johnson allows 0.34 fantasy points per route run against, while Hurns draws