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Exploiting the Matchups: A New Brett in Titletown

Brett Hundley starts his tenure as the Packers' starting quarterback with a favorable matchup against the Saints at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Check out the rest of Luke Hoover's upgrades and downgrades for Week 7.

Exploiting the Matchups: Unleash the Beast

Facing a leaky Chargers run defense, Marshawn Lynch is poised for his first big game in a Raiders uniform. Check out all of Luke Hoover's picks and pans for Week 6.

Exploiting the Matchups: Manning the Bench?

Luke Hoover looks at some under-the-radar plays for Week 6. Will Eli Manning get enough opportunities to pay off Sunday against the winless Chargers?

Exploiting the Matchups: Start Mixon It Up

Joe Mixon stands to benefit from the combination of a new offensive coordinator and a matchup with the Browns.

Exploiting the Matchups: Cam and Co. Get Sainted

Luke Hoover has this week's starts and sits as the Carolina offense finds itself in a favorable spot, welcoming the hopeless New Orleans defense to Charlotte.

Exploiting the Matchups: Rivers Will Flow

Luke Hoover analyzes the best plays for Week 2, including the Chargers' Philip Rivers, who faces a vulnerable Miami secondary.

Exploiting the Matchups: Will Bell Go Quiet Week 1?

Luke Hoover analyzes the Week 1 matchups and is not confident Le'Veon Bell will return his usual rewards in the season opener against the Browns.

Exploiting the Matchups: New Year, New Running Backs

Luke Hoover explores which players face favorable matchups in the last week of the regular season as well as those you may want to find an alternative for.

Exploiting the Matchups: 'Tis the Season to Be Gurley

Luke Hoover analyzes which players are positioned in favorable matchups during championship week for most fantasy leagues.

Exploiting the Matchups: Fitzgerald's Farewell?

Luke Hoover details which players receive favorable matchups in Week 15, including the Cardinals' No. 1 wideout, Larry Fitzgerald.

Exploiting the Matchups: Every Day He's Russellin'

Luke Hoover explores which players face favorable matchups in Week 14, and those you may want to find an alternative for.

Exploiting the Matchups: Cooking Up a Playoff Run

Luke Hoover lays out the players with the most favorable of matchups in Week 13, as well as some you may want to find an alternative for.

Exploiting the Matchups: Fly Eagles, Fly

Luke Hoover hones in on the best matchups of Week 12, with the Packers' woeful defense a recurring theme.

Exploiting the Matchups: The Return of Super Cam

Luke Hoover details which players receive favorable matchups in Week 11, headlined by the 2015 league MVP, Cam Newton.

Exploiting the Matchups: Matthews Squared

Luke Hoover delves into which players have favorable matchups in Week 10, including a pair of wideouts by the same last name.

Exploiting the Matchups: High on Hightower

Luke Hoover explores which players have favorable matchups in Week 9, including Tim Hightower, who looks to be the main ballcarrier in New Orleans.

Exploiting the Matchups: Carson's Revenge

Luke Hoover explores which players face favorable matchups in Week 8, and those you may want to find an alternative for.

Exploiting the Matchups: Calling Captain Kirk

Luke Hoover explores which players face favorable matchups in Week 7, and those you may want to find an alternative for.

Exploiting the Matchups: Look For Lamar

Luke Hoover explores which players face favorable matchups in Week 6, and those you may want to find an alternative for.

Exploiting the Matchups: Rivers Awaits the Raiders

Luke Hoover explores which players face favorable matchups in Week 5, and those you may want to find an alternative for.

Exploiting the Matchups: Siemian Can Sling It

Luke Hoover explores which players face favorable matchups in Week 4, and those you may want to find an alternative for.

Exploiting the Matchups: Parker Poised for Success

Luke Hoover explores which players face favorable matchups Week 3, and those you may want to find an alternative for.

Exploiting the Matchups: McCown Takes Over

Luke Hoover explores which players face favorable matchups Week 2, and those you may want to find an alternative for.

Exploiting the Matchups: Thomas Remains a TD Threat

Luke Hoover attempts to unveil the players in position to exceed expectations Week 1, as well as those who may disappoint.

Exploiting the Matchups: Matt Ryan's Time to Shine

Luke Hoover breaks down the starts and sits for Week 17, including Atlanta's Matt Ryan, who faces the perfect defense in the Saints to put up season highs.

Exploiting the Matchups: Ride Cousins to a Title

Luke Hoover is ready with recommendations for championship week, including Washington's Kirk Cousins in a great matchup against a weak Eagles defense.

Exploiting the Matchups: Battle of the Birds

Luke Hoover breaks down the Week 15 matchups as Michael Floyd looks set to extend his solid play against an Eagles secondary that has allowed the second-most points to opposing wideouts this season.

Exploiting the Matchups: Saints Won't Buc Trend

Luke Hoover breaks down the Week 14 matchups as Jameis Winston looks poised for another big game against a Saints defense that can't stop the pass.

Exploiting the Matchups: Bench Brees?

Luke Hoover analyzes the matchups and can't find a good outcome for a struggling Drew Brees, who faces a tough Panthers defense this week.

Exploiting the Matchups: Working Blue vs. Saints

Luke Hoover breaks down the Week 12 matchups as Alfred Blue looks to have another big game against a terrible Saints defense.

Exploiting the Matchups: Not the Usual Brady-Bills Matchup

Luke Hoover scouts the matchups for Week 11 and doesn't like the setup against the Bills for Tom Brady, who is without yet another playmaker in the Pats' offense.

Exploiting the Matchups: Cousins Aims for Saints

Luke Hoover gameplans the matchups for Week 10, which works out pretty well for Kirk Cousins against a porous Saints defense.

Exploiting the Matchups: Will Rodgers Rebound?

Luke Hoover looks at matchups you can win with and others you should avoid. But which side does Aaron Rodgers fall after a career-low performance last week?

Exploiting the Matchups: Ted Talks in Minnesota

Luke Hoover's weekly look at matchups to exploit includes an emerging Teddy Bridgewater, who finally has a No. 1 receiver to target.

Exploiting the Matchups: Big Day Ahead for Evans

Luke Hoover looks at this week's matchups that can give owners a fantasy edge, including a great matchup for Tampa Bay's Mike Evans who should dominate the Redskins.

Exploiting the Matchups: Rivers Runs Dry

Luke Hoover analyzes the Week 6 matchups and advises not to expect big numbers out of Philip Rivers this week against a tough pass defense.

Exploiting the Matchups: The Return of Morris?

Luke Hoover has the upgrades and downgrades for Week 5, including a favorable matchup for Alfred Morris against the Falcons.

Exploiting the Matchups: When will 2015 Begin?

Luke Hoover breaks down the matchups for Week 4, but does Russell Wilson's Monday night matchup against the Lions make him a start or a sit?

Exploiting the Matchups: Give it Another Week

Luke Hoover advises to give it another week before making any rash decisions with your fantasy teams, but that doesn't mean you should start Drew Brees this week.

Exploiting the Matchups: Trust In Talent

Luke Hoover warns against over-reacting to bad Week 1 performances, and likes Sammy Watkins to bust out now that he's not being shadowed by the Colts' Vontae Davis.

Exploiting the Matchups: Are You Ready For Some Football?

Luke Hoover examines who has an advantage or disadvantage in Week 1, and finds a lot to like in the Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater against a gutted 49ers defense

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 17

Russell Wilson turned in a historic performance in his first game this season against the Rams. Can he do it a second time this week?

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 16

Matt Forte's frantasy prospects do not look promising in Week 16 with a new quarterback and a tough matchup against the Lions.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 15

Against Atlanta's woeful defense, Ben Roethlisberger won't have to fight too hard for yards and scores in Sunday's matchup.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 14

Jeremy Maclin has carried fantasy teams this year, but this might be the week to sit him against Seattle's Legion of Boom.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 13

Matt Ryan has been underwhelming all season, and now he faces a Cardinals defense that has allowed two passing touchdowns in its last three games.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 12

Alfred Morris has run well lately, but he faces a San Francisco defense this week that should shut him down.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 11

With Drew Stanton back under center, Larry Fitzgerald's fantasy prospects could take a major hit.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 10

Matt Ryan has an enticing Week 10 matchup against NFC South foe Tampa Bay,

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 9

Larry Fitzgerald has played better recently, but this might be the week to bench him -- if the bye week allows.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 8

Jay Cutler is coming off his worst game of the season, so does that make him a start or sit this week against the Patriots?

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 7

Victory Cruz is out for the season, his absence might not start benefiting Rueben Randle untill after this week.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 6

Bench LeSean McCoy? If he couldn't take advantage of the Rams, how is he going to take advantage of the G-Men?

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 5

Coming off a bye, Jordan Cameron should be at his healthiest this week and has a good matchup against the Titans.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 4

There are enough red flags that benching Cam Newton this week against the Ravens might be a good idea.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgades Week 3

Are the Seahawks matchup-proof at home? Is this the rare week that Peyton Manning should be benched?

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgades Week 2

Bench Jamaal Charles? It's worth thinking about as the Chiefs likely will find themselves in passing mode against the Broncos this week.

Exploiting the Matchups: Upgrades, Downgrades Week 1

Colin Kaepernick has a great Week 1 matchup against a Dallas defense that was awful last year and hasn't gotten any better.