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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 11

How is it already Week 11? You should have a good idea where you are regarding making the playoffs, it is critical to know what you need to get in. The key is simply making it in, so these next few weeks are very important. We have four teams on bye this week, as all players from Buffalo, Chicago, San Francisco and the New York Giants will be off. There’s a lot of firepower there, so streaming is key this week. 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 who 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

Alex Smith, Washington (vs. Cincinnati)

Smith looked like his old self in Week 10, as he was slinging it deep and connecting on 70 percent of his passes. No, he didn’t throw any touchdowns, but that’s because Detroit is the second-easiest matchup for opposing running backs (all the touchdowns for Washington were via the ground). That being said, he did throw for 390 yards, and he actually had 325 passing yards in Week 9. That’s a great number, and this week he gets the pleasure of facing Cincinnati, the fourth-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. It seems crazy to write this, but Smith is the best stream for Week 11.

Garrett Gilbert or Andy Dalton, Dallas (at Minnesota)

This is for you folks playing in deeper leagues, as it’s hard to trust this offense without Dak Prescott. I personally hope it’s Gilbert who gets the start (he looked serviceable against Pittsburgh before the bye), but owner Jerry Jones stated that Dalton would be the starter once he is fully healthy. Either way, you can’t ignore how good of a matchup this is. Minnesota is the third-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks, as it has been shredded via the air all year. If you’re desperate, give whomever starts for Dallas a shot in Week 11.

Bad Matchup

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay (vs. Los Angeles Rams)

We just saw Brady shred the Carolina defense in Week 10, but we need to pump the brakes this week. The Rams are the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks, so we could see a repeat of the Tom Brady we saw in Week 9 (no touchdowns, three interceptions). Did you see what the Rams defense just did to Russell Wilson? If you didn’t, the MVP front-runner didn’t throw any touchdowns compared to two interceptions (and was sacked six times …). It’s tough to sit Brady, but you should if you have another option hanging out on your bench.

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