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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 13

We are in the final week of the fantasy regular season, so it’s make or break for some of you. Tampa Bay and Carolina are on bye this week, and you never know what COVID will bring the NFL this week. You need to pay close attention to the news leading all the way up to gameday. 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 13.

Quarterbacks

Good Matchups

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota (vs. Jacksonville)

Don’t look now, but Cousins is on a tear as of late. The veteran quarterback has a whopping 11 touchdowns and only one interception in his past four games. That’s MVP-type statistics, and two of those games were against very stingy defenses (Chicago and Carolina). Cousins will stay hot in the pivotal Week 13 for fantasy purposes, as Jacksonville is the third-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Jacksonville’s offense looked much better with Mike Glennon at the helm (who would have thought?), so this game has quiet shootout appeal (Minnesota’s defense isn’t good …). Stay in the flames with Cousins in Week 13.

Derek Carr, Las Vegas (at New York Jets)

Holy cow was Carr atrocious in Week 12. In most scoring formats, the veteran didn’t even hit one whole fantasy point (which is just unheard of). Atlanta’s defense has been playing better of late, but not well enough to force four turnovers alone on Carr against zero touchdowns. Either way, he is in a great get-right spot in Week 13, as the Jets are the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. I know he left a bad taste in your mouth, but Carr needs to be considered a strong stream this week (if you can’t land Kirk Cousins).

Bad Matchup

Matt Ryan, Atlanta (vs. New Orleans)

Ryan has been a staple in fantasy lineups this season, but he shouldn’t be this week. For starters, who knows if Julio Jones will play this week (the game splits without Jones are abysmal). The second part is that he faces New Orleans, by far the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. I’m leery even if Julio Jones suits up, so this is just a clear fade for me in Week 13.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Mike Gesicki, Miami (vs. Cincinnati)

Gesicki came through for us last week, as he found the end zone against the lowly New York Jets. He should be one of the top plays at the position this week, as Cincinnati is by far the best matchup for opposing tight ends. Evan Engram just had 129 receiving yards against Cincinnati last week, and he hasn’t done jack squat all season. It doesn’t matter who is slinging the rock for Miami this week, as Gesicki needs to be started regardless of that in Week 13.

Austin Hooper, Cleveland (at Tennessee)

Hooper finally showed life in Week 12, as he scored in a plus matchup against Jacksonville. He did only have 13 receiving yards, but partner that with a touchdown and you’re a TE1 play on the week. Trey Burton just had a career day against Tennessee in Week 12, which proves that Tennessee really is the fifth-best matchup for opposing tight ends. I know Cleveland doesn’t like to throw the ball much, but Hooper is in a great spot to succeed in Week 13.

Bad Matchup

Hayden Hurst, Atlanta (vs. New Orleans)

Hurst bounced back to an extent in Week 12, as he did have 48 receiving yards. That being said, you have to remember how he performed two weeks ago against New Orleans (who he faces this week). That’s right, as he failed to catch any of his two targets in that contest. New Orleans is by far the toughest matchup for opposing tight ends, so Hurst can’t be trusted in Week 13.

A Look Ahead to Week 14 …

Ryan Tannehill should be a stud in Week 14, as he gets the pleasure of facing Jacksonville (third-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks). This one is only for deeper leagues, but Sam Darnold could be in play for Week 14. He takes on Seattle, the best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Dalton Schultz will be in play for Week 14, as Cincinnati is the best matchup for opposing tight ends. Don’t give up on Noah Fant just yet (Week 12 just wasn’t fair to Denver …), as he gets to face Carolina, the third-best matchup for opposing tight ends.

Best of luck to you all for 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!