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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 6

That was a pretty calm week around the NFL. Did you see that game-winning kick from Graham Gano? If, no, stop what you’re doing and look it up. A friendly reminder that New Orleans and Detroit are on bye this week, so get any players on those two teams out of your lineups (sheesh, that’s a lot of fantasy firepower)! Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends that have good and bad matchups for Week 6.

Quarterbacks

Good Matchups

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (vs. Pittsburgh)

Dalton was a bit of a letdown in Week 5, as he didn’t eclipse 250 passing yards and threw for only one touchdown (and one interception). I like for Dalton to bounce back this week though, as he faces the putrid Pittsburgh defense in Week 6 (best matchup for opposing quarterbacks). Go ahead and put your confidence back in Dalton in what could be a shootout in Cincinnati (Pittsburgh rung up 41 points on Atlanta in Week 5 …).

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay (at Atlanta)

Speaking of ringing up points on Atlanta, it’s officially Winston time in Tampa Bay. Fresh off his bye week, Winston will be ready to rock when he faces the third-easiest matchup for quarterbacks in Atlanta. Again, Ben Roethlisberger just threw for three touchdowns against the banged-up Atlanta defense, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Winston do the same. Go ahead and jump right in with Winston for this awesome matchup.

Bad Matchup

Cam Newton, Carolina (at Washington)

It may be surprising to know that Washington graded out as the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks before Drew Brees showed up, but they are still a tough unit to throw on. Newton tossed two interceptions in Week 2 (and almost lost a fumble) against a much weaker defense in the New York Giants. He also only added 29 yards on the ground, which is low for him. You don’t have to bench him, but you may have a comparable quarterback with a much better matchup on your bench (see the link to the “Strength of Schedule” tool below).

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh (at Cincinnati)

McDonald was a massive disappointment in Week 5, as he only corralled in 1-of-2 targets for a measly 6 yards against Atlanta. It should be noted, however, that if there is one thing the Atlanta defense can do, it is containing the tight end. Now McDonald gets the pleasure of taking on Cincinnati, who is the best matchup for an opposing tight end. McDonald showed you what he could do in Weeks 3 and 4, and I think he will build on that success from those two weeks.

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati (vs. Pittsburgh)

Although he only received two targets in Week 5, he did catch both for 43 yards. It looks as if it will be Uzomah, not Tyler Kroft, who is the fill-in for Tyler Eifert. I recommended Austin Hooper here last week against Pittsburgh (fourth-best matchup for opposing tight ends) and he did not disappoint with nine catches for 77 yards. Uzomah is a scary start, I get it, but the tight end landscape is horrendous this year. Uzomah has massive upside in this potential shootout.

Bad Matchup

Jared Cook, Oakland (vs. Seattle)

At this point, I should mention that even though a tight end has a bad matchup, it’s hard to find a better option due to the lack of playable tight ends. That being said, I have to name someone, so here we go. Cook came crashing back to Earth in Week 5 (the entire Oakland team did, actually), to the tune of four receptions and a paltry 20 yards. Now Cook has to face Seattle, who is the second-hardest matchup for a tight end. You most likely don’t have a better option, but temper expectations in Week 6.

A Look Ahead to Week 7 …

For Week 7, Eli Manning should be in a spot to succeed when he faces Atlanta, who is the third-best matchup for quarterbacks (tough pill to swallow, but the stats don’t lie). Baker Mayfield could finally have his blowup game in Week 7, as he gets the pleasure of taking on Tampa Bay (second-easiest matchup for quarterbacks). Mayfield did just hang 342 passing yards on a tough Baltimore defense, so stream away in this spot. Austin Seferian-Jenkins was just placed on Injured Reserve, so enter Niles Paul. He does get the fifth-best matchup for opposing tight ends in Week 7 when he faces Houston (he had seven catches for 65 yards against Kansas City last week). C.J. Uzomah may be able to keep things rolling along in Week 7, as he gets to face Kansas City (seventh-best matchup for tight ends).

Best of luck to you all in Week 6. It’s not a great week for streamers, but with a little research, we can do this. 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 keeper leagues. He lives in Yorktown, VA with his beautiful wife, son, and daughter. Feel free to ask him any and everything regarding fantasy football on twitter. It's all about winning that fantasy football championship, Sharks!