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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 11

By now you probably have a pretty good idea of where your team stands as far as making the playoffs goes. We have some tough streams this week, as Green Bay, the New York Giants, Seattle and Tennessee are on bye for Week 11. 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 11:


Good Matchups

Kyle Allen, Carolina

Allen has been hit-or-miss this season, but I love him for Week 11. Why is that, you ask? He gets the pleasure of facing Atlanta’s porous defense, the third-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Yes, Atlanta did just shut down Drew Brees, but that’s just an outlier. Allen just put up 307 passing yards on a tough Green Bay defense, so I have the utmost confidence that he can get the job done if you need him in Week 11.

Derek Carr, Oakland

I was going to write about Ryan Finley here this week, but I can’t bring myself to do it. On the other side of the ball, though, is Oakland. Carr did cool down in Week 10, as he only had one passing touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers, but they are the third-toughest matchup for quarterbacks. Enter Cincinnati, who is the fourth-best matchup for quarterbacks. I like Carr to get back to how he was performing in Weeks 7-9, where he totaled seven passing touchdowns in that span. Carr is a great play in Week 11.

Bad Matchup

Kyler Murray, Arizona (at San Francisco)

Murray is the QB5 on the season, but I’m a little nervous about him this week. San Francisco is the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and this contest will be in San Francisco. Yes, Murray did pretty well in Week 9 against San Francisco, but that was in Arizona. You probably can’t bench Murray, but you may want to have some other upside plays in your starting lineup this week.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Jared Cook, New Orleans

Cook came back from his injury in Week 10 guns blazing, as he caught 6-of-10 targets for 74 yards which is promising for his Week 11 outlook. Now he gets the pleasure of facing Tampa Bay’s measly defense, and Tampa Bay is the third best matchup for opposing tight ends. Cook is hard to trust, but if a tight end sees 10 targets in a game, you need to start paying attention to him. Cook is a phenomenal play this week.

Jason Witten, Dallas

This is more of a floor play, as Witten doesn’t come with much upside any week. That being said, he does face Detroit in Week 11, and Detroit is the fifth-best matchup for tight ends. He also has 14 targets in his past two games, which is solid market share for a tight end. We all know how slim the pickings are at tight end, so if you’re struggling at the position for this week, give Witten a look.

Bad Matchup

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia

This is more of a pump the brakes blurb, as you really can’t sit Ertz on any given week. That being said, he does face New England this week, and New England is the sixth-toughest matchup for opposing tight ends. Ertz hasn’t been the stud we were all expecting on draft day, but he does get the job done. Again, you’re not benching Ertz, but you may want some high-upside plays along him in your lineup given this tough matchup.

A Look Ahead to Week 12 …

Sam Darnold could have a solid outing in Week 12, as Oakland is the second-best matchup for quarterbacks. It won’t be pretty, but Mason Rudolph faces Cincinnati (fourth-best matchup for quarterbacks). Chris Herndon or Ryan Griffin (given the severity of Herndon’s injury) will be in play for Week 12, as the New York Jets face Oakland (fourth-best matchup for tight ends) that week. For those really struggling in Week 12, give Mike Gesicki a good look. He face Cleveland in that week, and Cleveland is the eighth-best matchup for tight ends.

Best of luck to you all in Week 11. 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!