A matchup-proof fantasy football player is one who consistently produces fantasy points no matter who they face.
Having matchup proof players on your fantasy team is invaluable. Most players’ fantasy production decreases when they play against tough opponents.
In football, matchup-proof players are too skilled or vital to their offense to not produce against difficult opponents, resulting in an incredibly reliable fantasy player.
Fantasy Football Matchup-Proof Players
In fantasy football, elite quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are great examples of matchup-proof players.
These quarterbacks consistently produced quality fantasy numbers regardless of the defense they faced.
Regardless of how hard a defense tries, they simply cannot shut down quarterbacks like this.
If your starter faced a tough matchup, fantasy managers didn’t have to worry about streaming quarterbacks.
A QB’s Safety Valve
A quarterback’s go-to receiver can also be matchup-proof.
Matchup-proof fantasy players don’t necessarily put up massive numbers every week, but rather they put up consistent numbers.
A tight end like Heath Miller is a great example of this. This type of player develops effective chemistry with the quarterback and receives a consistent amount of targets.
When plays were extended and Ben Roethlisberger was looking for open receivers, Heath Miller was his go-to guy.
Miller produced consistent numbers despite facing varying levels of defense throughout the year.
It was not Miller’s ability to beat defenders that resulted in his receiving yards, but his chemistry with the quarterback.
Every time the Steelers played, Roethlisberger scrambled in the pocket and threw a ball to Miller.
The consistency of a tight end player can be very helpful in fantasy football due to the unpredictability of the position.
The Always Open Wide Receiver
Matchup-proof points can also be earned by the always open wide receiver. There are many talented wide receivers in the NFL, but there are also many talented cornerbacks.
When playing against weaker cornerbacks, many number one wide receivers will produce, but struggle against top players.
For a few wide receivers across the league, the cornerback they are facing is almost irrelevant.
If the defense decides to double cover Davante Adams, he will still find a way to get open despite being matchup proof.
In addition, playing with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers means he gets some great passes.
As a result of the inability of defenses to stop a receiver like this, this type of player is extremely valuable to your fantasy football team.
It is likely, however, that these players will have to pay a steep price due to their dominance against all levels of competition.
That is all about matchup-proof players. If you want to learn more fantasy football terminology see our guide to what boom and bust mean or learn what a snake draft is.