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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 7

Well, I should have told the Sharks to stream Brock Osweiler this past week. I’m sorry about that, seriously. It seems as if Osweiler is Chicago’s kryptonite (three career wins). Let’s just chalk that up as a fluke, okay? Your friendly, weekly reminder that Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Oakland and Seattle are on bye this week, so get any players on those four teams out of your lineups (this is going to be a tough week …)! Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends who have good and bad matchups for Week 7.


Good Matchups

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (at Tampa Bay)

So, who has the best matchup for quarterbacks in Week 7, you ask? It’s Mayfield, who has been quite the roller-coaster this year. Cleveland travels to Tampa Bay, who give up just ridiculous stats to opposing quarterbacks. You will need to monitor the injury report, though, as he did tweak his ankle in Week 6. Still, this is as good as it gets matchup-wise, and he should be able to string something nice together this week (or Tyrod Taylor if this injury proves serious …).

Eli Manning, New York Giants (at Atlanta)

Yeah, this one really hurts, but it’s a strength of schedule article, folks! Manning looks washed up, but he may actually be able to get the job done in Week 7. Manning will travel to Atlanta, where he will go to battle with the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Atlanta’s defense is abysmal, and that may be putting it lightly. Do I think Manning could do what Jameis Winston just did to this defense (395 passing yards and 4 touchdowns)? Well, no, but he could have a solid day that won’t crush your team in Week 7 (for those who are struggling through this tough bye week). Keep in mind, Evan Engram should be back for this contest. If you’re in a bind, go ahead and put your faith in Manning (gross …).

Bad Matchup

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (vs. Buffalo)

I could put Drew Brees here against Baltimore (toughest matchup for quarterbacks), but that seems like a cop-out. Luck has been getting it done somehow in recent weeks, but that could come to a stop in Week 7. Buffalo is quietly the third-hardest matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and Buffalo just stymied Deshaun Watson and Co. in Week 6. Luck did throw three interceptions in Week 6, and he could still be without some of his top pass-catchers (T.Y. Hilton, Jack Doyle and Ryan Grant) this week. It’s going to be tough for Luck to pull a rabbit out of his hat in this contest.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

David Njoku, Cleveland (at Tampa Bay)

I guess my point is that you should play anyone and everyone against Tampa Bay, as Tampa Bay also grades out as the easiest matchup for tight ends. Njoku just led all Cleveland’s receivers with a whopping 12 targets, which led to seven receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. Go back to Week 5 against the tough Baltimore defense, and Njoku led the team again in targets with 11 (he had six catches for 69 scoreless yards). You see the trend, right? Mayfield loves him some Njoku, and you should, too.

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati (at Kansas City)

Uzomah has actually looked decent since he has been thrust into the starting tight end position for Cincinnati. Against Pittsburgh, Uzomah caught 6-of-7 targets for 54 yards. No, that won’t wow you, but it gets the job done. Kansas City grades out as the third-easiest matchup for tight ends. Keep rolling him out there in Week 7, as Andy Dalton and Co. should be out for blood after their disappointing loss to Pittsburgh in Week 6.

Bad Matchup

Greg Olsen, Carolina (at Philadelphia)

Olsen was second on the team for the lead in targets in Week 6 upon his return (7), which he turned into four catches for 48 scoreless yards. Tight end is a tough position this year, but Philadelphia does grade out as the fourth-hardest matchup for opposing tight ends on the season. I’ll continue to mention this (as tight ends are such a crap-shoot), but it is really difficult to sit anyone with any kind of value at this position. Just temper your expectations and expect a similar output that Olsen had in Week 6.

A Look Ahead to Week 8…

For Week 8, I’ll go ahead and lead off with a double-stack: Andy Dalton and C.J. Uzomah. They should both feast against Tampa Bay, who is the easiest matchups for their respective positions. Baker Mayfield could (I’ll emphasize “could” here) keep it rolling against the third-best matchup for quarterbacks when he faces off against Pittsburgh. I was thinking I should keep the double-stack rolling, but that just didn’t seem right (but start David Njoku again in Week 8 …). Ben Watson could also have himself a day when he squares off against Minnesota, who is the fourth-best matchup for opposing tight ends (Minnesota’s defense hasn’t been that great this year, folks).

Best of luck to you all in Week 7. This could be a tough one for a lot of folks out there, but you can still get through this week. 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!