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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 17

Many of you still have Week 17 championships, and I’m here to help you navigate through this tough week. Even though this is the playoffs, streaming is still critical for many of you. For you folks who are new here, I like to inform you all about the QB2 and TE2 players who can exploit a good matchup (and those that may let you down in a bad matchup, as well). Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends who have good and bad matchups for Week 17:


Good Matchups

Josh Allen, BUF (vs. New York Jets)

Allen had a nightmare matchup in Week 16 against New England, but he actually produced a QB1 game. He once again didn’t turn the ball over, and added 43 yards on the ground. Allen always has the safe floor due to his rushing, and this week could be a ceiling game. The Jets are the best possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and that’s despite the defensive beating they put on Pittsburgh last week. If Allen is available to you in Week 17, play him with confidence.

Daniel Jones, NYG (vs. Philadelphia)

Here is your upside play of the week. Jones just roasted Washington for 352 yards and 5 (!) touchdowns. He gets another easy matchup this week, as Philadelphia is the fourth easiest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Yes, the Eagles did just hold Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense to only 9 points, but that offense is struggling. If you need a ceiling play or a cheap DFS option, the promising rookie should be your guy.

Bad Matchup

Kirk Cousins, MIN (vs. Chicago)

As of this writing, I have idea how Cousins fared against Green Bay in Week 16. Even with that being said, you should shy away from him in Week 17. Chicago is the third toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and we know the Bears’ offense can’t put up points on Minnesota. Stay away from Cousins this week.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Jonnu Smith, TEN (at Houston)

Smith lit up Houston in Week 15, as he had 117 total yards and a touchdown. He gets to face them again, and they are the best possible matchup for opposing tight ends. New Orleans is tough against tight ends, and he just hung 63 yards and a touchdown on them in Week 16. Smith is a phenomenal stream this week, regardless of what kind of format you play.

Tyler Eifert, CIN (vs. Cleveland)

Eifert is tough to trust, but he has been steady lately. He is averaging at least 50 yards in each of his past 3 games, and Andy Dalton has breathed some life into this offense. Dalton targeted Eifert a healthy 8 times in the shootout in Miami in Week 16, and he could see similar volume this week. Cleveland is the fifth best matchup for tight ends, so look for that trend to continue. Consider Eifert a solid stream with big upside in Week 17.

Bad Matchup

Jacob Hollister, SEA (vs. San Francisco)

Hollister was a midseason savior for many, but he has cooled down considerably since November 24th. He couldn’t even score on Arizona in Week 16, for crying out loud. Now he has to face the 49ers, and they are the third toughest matchup for tight ends. The entire Seahawks’ offense is in shambles, so stay away from Hollister in Week 17.


Best of luck to you all in Week 17. You can utilize the Fantasy Sharks Strength of Schedule tool yourself to find good and bad matchups for any part of the upcoming season (and any other position). As always, don’t hesitate to ask me any and everything regarding fantasy football on Twitter (my Twitter handle can be found below). Until next time, Sharks!


About Ryan Black

Ryan is a fantasy football enthusiast who specializes in redraft and dynasty leagues. He lives in Yorktown, VA with his beautiful wife and three kids. Feel free to ask him any and everything regarding fantasy football on twitter. It's all about winning that fantasy football championship, Sharks!