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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 13

For many, Week 13 is the last week of the fantasy regular season. Even though the season is almost over, streaming is still critical for many of you. 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 13:


Good Matchups

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (at Arizona)

As of this writing, I have no idea how Goff fared against Baltimore in Week 12. What I do know, however, is that he has the best possible matchup (by a mile) for opposing quarterbacks when he faces Arizona this week. Brandin Cooks should be healthy for this contest, which gives Goff that much needed field stretching weapon. Goff has been abysmal this year, but he has exploited good matchups. Go ahead and stream Goff if you need him in Week 13.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets (at Cincinnati)

Don’t look now, but Darnold is on fire as of recently. In his past two games, he has a whopping seven touchdowns (one being a rushing touchdown), which both games were against unimposing foes. This week he will continue his hot streak, as he faces Cincinnati’s hapless defense (third-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks). I know it’s scary, but Darnold is a phenomenal play in Week 13.

Bad Matchup

Deshaun Watson, Houston (vs. New England)

Watson has been great on the season, but you want to stay away from him in Week 13. He has to face New England, by far the most difficult matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Did you see what New England did to the red hot Dak Prescott in Week 12? Only Lamar Jackson has been OK against this ferocious defense, but he is a cheat code. I would look elsewhere for a quarterback play in pivotal Week 13.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (at Arizona)

As mentioned above, I have no idea how the Rams fared in Week 12 as of this writing. I really don’t care for this call, though, as Arizona is the second-best matchup for opposing tight ends and seem to give up a touchdown to the position weekly. Everett has been all over the place in terms of production, but this will be a smash spot for him. If you have him, get him into your lineup and reap the benefits that follow.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota (at Seattle)

Rudolph has been as hot as hot gets as of late, as he has four receiving touchdowns in his past three games. Now he gets to face Seattle, the sixth-best matchup for opposing tight ends. This game also has shootout potential, so you want as many pieces of this game that you can get. I always say that you need to stay in the flames with players, and that’s exactly what we have here. Play Rudolph with confidence in Week 13.

Bad Matchup

Mark Andrews, Baltimore (vs. San Francisco)

I wrote about Andrews in this exact spot twice this year, and he did bust once and did OK in the other. The reason I think he will bust is due to the fact that his Week 13 opponent (San Francisco) is by far the toughest matchup for opposing tight ends. At this point in the year, it is doubtful you have a better option for your tight end spot. Expectations need to be tempered, though, as the San Francisco defense is no joke.

A Look Ahead to Week 14 …

Whomever the starting quarterback for Pittsburgh is in Week 14 will be a strong play. Pittsburgh faces Arizona, the best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Jacoby Brissett could be of service in Week 14, as he faces Tampa Bay’s hapless defense (fourth-best matchup for quarterbacks). Vance McDonald will be a stud in Week 14, as he faces Arizona (second-best matchup for tight ends). With Eric Ebron on Injured Reserve, look for Jack Doyle as a strong streamer in Week 14. He faces Tampa Bay, the third-best matchup for tight ends.

Best of luck to you all in Week 13. 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!