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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 12

I hope everyone is already in a good spot to make the playoffs, or maybe you already clinched (I’m sure you all have …). We have some tough streams this week, as Arizona, Kansas City, Minnesota and the Los Angeles Chargers are on bye for Week 12. 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 12:


Good Matchups

Sam Darnold, New York Jets (vs. Oakland)

Darnold has been hard to trust this year, but you can place your faith back into him this week. He gets the pleasure of facing Oakland, the seventh-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Darnold just lit up Washington to the tune of four passing touchdowns, and Washington is the 18th-best matchup for quarterbacks. I’m not expecting another four touchdowns, but at least two are certain this week. This game has quiet shootout appeal, so go ahead and roll Darnold out for Week 12 if you need him.

Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis (at Houston)

Brissett returned from his injury in Week 11, and he came out of that contest unscathed. That’s great news, as he has an inner-division matchup against Houston on Thursday, and Houston is the fifth-best matchup for quarterbacks. T.Y. Hilton’s return would only help his case, but there is a lot to like in Brissett no matter if Hilton plays this week. Indianapolis will need to lean on the pass even more with Marlon Mack on the shelf, so give Brissett a look if you’re in need of a quarterback play for Week 12.

Bad Matchup

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (at San Francisco)

It’d be really hard to bench Rodgers, but if you can, this is the week to do it. San Francisco is the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and Rodgers hasn’t exactly looked like the stud we thought he was. He only has three QB1 weeks on the year, albeit those were monstrous weeks. If you have another option, I advise that you take a hard look at playing them over Rodgers in Week 12.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati (vs. Pittsburgh)

Eifert was once known as a “must start” tight end, which is crazy to read or type. That being said, he does have four catches in each one of Ryan Finley’s starts, as well as one touchdown in those two games. Enter Pittsburgh, the fifth-best matchup for opposing tight ends. The Pittsburgh defense is much improved, yes, but still can’t defend up the seam. Eifert is the definition of a good streamer in deeper leagues for Week 12.

Ryan Griffin, New York Jets (vs. Oakland)

Griffin is actually entering the trust circle for tight ends, as he has more than 50 receiving yards and/or a touchdown in three of the past four games. In Week 11 Griffin ripped Washington for 109 yards and a touchdown, which is unheard of for streaming tight ends. Now he gets the pleasure of facing Oakland, the ninth-best matchup for tight ends. Call me crazy, but this game could be a shootout, which is why I love Griffin this week. Start him with confidence, Sharks.

Bad Matchup

Jacob Hollister, Seattle (at Philadelphia)

Philadelphia’s defense is known for two things: stopping the run and defending tight ends. On the year, Philadelphia is the third-toughest matchup for opposing tight ends, which is why I have to put a one-week stop to the Hollister hype train. He will still have four or so receptions, just don’t expect huge yardage and/or a touchdown. I’m playing Ryan Griffin over him without any hesitation.

A Look Ahead to Week 13 …

Nick Foles should have himself a day in Week 13, as he gets the pleasure of facing Tampa Bay’s porous defense (best possible matchup for quarterbacks). Sam Darnold should stay hot, as he faces the second-best matchup for quarterbacks (Cincinnati). Someone may drop Gerald Everett this week, but you need to pick him up if only for Week 13. He faces Arizona, the best matchup for tight ends. Ryan Griffin will also look to stay hot, as he faces Cincinnati,  the sixth-best matchup for tight ends.

Best of luck to you all in Week 12. 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!