HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 19: DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans signals at the line of scrimmage in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at NRG Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

WR/CB Matchups to Exploit in NFL Week 2

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Each week the NFL brings a handful of matchups you absolutely have to take advantage of. Four of the five receiver-corner combos on this list are playing their games at home, and that truly makes a difference for a couple of these guys. Let's take a look at the wide receivers that should benefit from great matchups in Week 2.

1. Antonio Brown/JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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Even with the nasty conditions in Cleveland last week, Antonio Brown finished with nine catches on 16 targets for 93 yards and a touchdown, while JuJu Smith-Schuster tacked on five catches for 119 yards.


Look for that same trend to continue with one of the league’s best aerial attacks at home. The splits favor their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who has at least 16 FanDuel points in all but two of the Steelers' 19 home games since 2015 – 13 of those 19 went for at least 20 FanDuel points over that span. In comparison, Roethlisberger has only three games of at least 20 FanDuel points in his last 20 road games. 


Last week the Kansas City Chiefs' defense got torched for more than 400 yards by a Los Angeles Chargers offense led by quarterback Philip Rivers, showing the league just how vulnerable they are.

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans

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Most people still have a bad taste in their mouth from the Houston Texans in Week 1, but it’s time to get over that – especially against such a well-coached Patriots team. Attacking the Tennessee Titans through the air has been the way to go for some time now, and Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills continued that narrative with four catches on five targets for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the opener. DeAndre Hopkins will be mirroring that role this week. 

3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers

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Julio Jones was a vacuum for Matt Ryan’s passes in the season-opener, and we should look for that trend to continue in Week 2. The former Alabama standout has seen 10-plus targets in seven of his last nine matchups against the Panthers, and has also notched 80-plus receiving yards against them in five of their last six meetings. 

4. Nelson Agholor/Mike Wallace, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' secondary is absolutely terrible, and that’s when Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes are on the field. Well, it's likely neither of those guys will play this week (Hargreaves on IR), making it an even more appealing matchup against less-capable and inexperienced cornerbacks.


In the Week 1 matchup against the Falcons, Nelson Agholor had an outstanding eight receptions on 10 targets for a measly 33 yards – the matchup against Atlanta is designed to funnel shorter targets and take away the deep ball. Look for that strategy to change completely against the Bucs.


Mike Wallace is the wild card here. He failed to haul in a reception in the season-opener but only played two fewer snaps than the 68 Agholor was on the field for. You can bet that Wallace won’t have the same type of target-volume as Agholor, but hitting on one or two deeps plays is a good bet at such a low cost/ownership.  

5. Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins vs. Indianapolis Colts

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Josh Doctson played the sixth-most snaps of any NFL wide receiver in Week 1, showing you how vital the Washington Redskins think he can be for their passing game. The success, however, didn't mirror his volume of looks (one catch on 3 targets for 11 yards) because he was defended by Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals most of the day, and Peterson is certainly one of, if not the best cornerback in the business.  


This week, things will be much easier against a Colts secondary (and defense, in general) that has consistently been a doormat for opposing offenses. Most people won’t roster Doctson in Week 2, and that’s even better for those who do.

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