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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 11

Week 10 was one of those weeks where it seemed as if every fantasy player was scoring a ton of points for/against you. Heck, even Matt Barkley threw two touchdowns with no turnovers against the New York Jets (RIP to the folks who picked the Jets in Survivor … ). There are six teams on bye this week (ugh … ), and they are filled with some studs we all lean on week-in and week-out. The teams that are on bye in Week 11 are Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, the New York Jets and San Francisco. Go ahead and get any players on those six teams out of your lineups for this week. Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends who have good and bad matchups for Week 11.


Good Matchups

Whomever starts at QB for Baltimore (vs. Cincinnati)

I despise writing “whomever starts for said team” in this article, but I have no idea if Joe Flacco’s hip injury will hold him out or not. If Flacco can’t go, play Lamar Jackson. If for some reason it’s Robert Griffin III (doubtful), he even becomes a streaming option. Why am I willing to start whatever quarterback gets the nod in Week 11 for Baltimore? It’s because Baltimore faces Cincinnati, who is the easiest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. The whole world just saw what Drew Brees and Co. just did to the Cincinnati defense, and sadly it looks like it will continue. Cincinnati as a whole is in shambles (the team fired its defensive coordinator after the Week 10 debacle) so look for its defense to crumble yet again against Baltimore.

Dak Prescott, Dallas (at Atlanta)

Prescott looked pretty good in the upset victory against Philadelphia in Week 10, as he threw for 270 yards and one touchdown to go with no turnovers. In Week 11, however, he has a chance to do much more in the stat sheet when Dallas travels to Atlanta (third-best matchup for quarterbacks). I recommended Baker Mayfield here last week, and he did not disappoint as he threw for three touchdowns and no turnovers against Atlanta’s paltry defense (he only had three incompletions on the day … ). I could see Prescott coming close to that total in Week 11, as Atlanta will be out for blood after its upset loss to Cleveland.

Bad Matchup

Russell Wilson, Seattle (vs. Green Bay)

This is another TOUGH week to pick out quarterbacks with hard matchups. Wilson has been decent of late, but Green Bay is actually the second-toughest matchups for quarterbacks on the season. Yes, he has been running the ball much more the last two games, but I still have some pause here. Wilson’s passing attempts have been absurdly down this year (he only attempted 26 passes against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10 … ), which doesn’t leave much room for error. The hope is that this game becomes a shootout and Wilson is forced to air it out more than 30 times in this contest. He is still a back-end QB1 for me, however.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona (vs. Oakland)

Seals-Jones was a sleeper pick for many people this year, but it just didn’t work out like most planned. That’s not his fault, though, as offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was just an awful play-caller. Arizona’s offense is much improved now that McCoy is out of town, and that was evidenced by the team trying to get the ball in its playmaker’s hands often. For example, Seals-Jones saw nine targets in Week 10 (which he turned into five receptions for 51 yards). Here we are in Week 11, and Seals-Jones has the second-best matchup for a tight end when Arizona faces the tanking Oakland Raiders. Fire up Seals-Jones with confidence this week.

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh (at Jacksonville)

McDonald didn’t let us down here last week, so let’s hope he can come through again. McDonald caught all four of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Week 10, and he gets another good matchup this week when he faces Jacksonville (third-easiest matchup for tight ends). Indianapolis’ tight ends just hung four (4!!!!) touchdowns on Jacksonville in Week 10, so it’s obvious that’s how you attack the stout defense (well, what we all thought was a stud defense). Don’t be scared to go back to McDonald again for Week 11.

Bad Matchup

Ben Watson, New Orleans (vs. Philadelphia)

As I state every week, it’s hard to sit any tight end with any value. That being said, Philadelphia has been very good against tight ends on the year, as it is the second-hardest matchup for opposing tight ends. Watson has been a decent streamer for most of the year, but don’t expect much in Week 11. In Week 10 against Cincinnati, Watson had one reception for 1 measly yard. Oh yeah, New Orleans scored 51 points in that game. I prefer the two tight ends listed above more than Watson in Week 11.

A Look Ahead to Week 12 …

For Week 12, Baker Mayfield gets the best matchup for quarterbacks when he faces Cincinnati. Hopefully he can keep his hot streak going after his bye week. Nick Mullens gets the second-easiest matchup when he faces Tampa Bay, so look his way if you’re in a bind (that’s if he starts … as of this writing I have no idea how fared against the New York Giants in Week 10). Chris Herndon has the fourth-best matchup for tight ends when the New York Jets face New England. C.J. Uzomah should bounce-back in Week 12 against Cleveland, who is the fifth-best matchup for tight ends.

Best of luck to you all in Week 11. For some, this is a must-win week. Don’t panic, as we still have three weeks before the playoffs. I know that’s not much time, but you can win out if you keep coming to this site for your research. 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!