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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 14

If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you made the playoffs, so congratulations! Even though this is the playoffs for most, 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 14:


Good Matchups

Devlin Hodges, Pittsburgh (at Arizona)

Hodges did just enough to get the win in Week 13 against a tough Cleveland defense, as he threw for 212 yards and only one touchdown (albeit he did throw for 10.1 yards per attempt …). This week, however, he is very much so on the fantasy radar for folks in need. In Week 14, he gets the pleasure of facing Arizona, the best possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Did you see what Jared Goff just did to this defense? If you didn’t, Goff threw for 424 yards and two touchdowns (and no turnovers). Hodges is seriously a great streamer in Week 14.

Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis (at Tampa Bay)

Brissett is hard to trust, but you can’t deny the fact that he is in play for Week 14. He faces Tampa Bay, the fifth-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Brissett did just throw for 319 yards against a tougher defense in Tennessee, so there is room for growth here. Tampa Bay’s offense is also capable of putting up points on any defense, so we have the possibility of a shootout on our hands. Have faith in Brissett if you need a stream this week.

Bad Matchup

Josh Allen, Buffalo (vs. Baltimore)

Allen has been the butt of jokes, but he doesn’t deserve that whatsoever. He has one of the highest floors in fantasy, and has also shown that he can have a sky-high ceiling as well. That being said, you may want to look elsewhere in Week 14. He has to face Baltimore, the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. You may think this is going to be a shootout, but the odds of that happening are slim. Don’t play around and get cute in Week 14.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh (at Arizona)

The key to finding a good tight end play is seeing whomever the heck is playing Arizona. Why, you ask? It’s because Arizona is the second best matchup for opposing tight ends, and Arizona just gave up a career day to Tyler Higbee (107 receiving yards and a touchdown). McDonald has been a bust this year, but he is a very strong play this week. Go ahead and put your faith back into McDonald for the first round of the playoffs.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis (at Tampa Bay)

Doyle was a stud in Week 13, as he had 73 receiving yards and caught a touchdown. Remember, Eric Ebron is on Injured Reserve, so the tight end position in Indianapolis is all his. The week he gets the pleasure of facing Tampa Bay, the seventh-best matchup for opposing tight ends. As I mentioned above, Tampa Bay’s offense will put up some points, so Indianapolis will have to throw more in this contest than usual. Doyle is a great play in Week 14.

Bad Matchup

Jared Cook, New Orleans (vs. San Francisco)

Cook has been solid since returning from his injury, but you need to forget about playing him this week. San Francisco is the third-toughest matchup for opposing tight ends, and this defense will be angry after losing to Baltimore by three in Week 13. This game will also be lower scoring than you think, so you need to pivot away from Cook if you can.

A Look Ahead to Week 15 …

Don’t fret over Baker Mayfield’s bad week and his injured hand, as he gets Arizona in Week 15 (best possible matchup for quarterbacks). Gardner Minshew has been named the starter for Jacksonville, so have him ready to rock when he faces Oakland in Week 15 (second-best matchup for quarterbacks). If David Njoku is able to return for Week 15, he will be a stud when he faces Arizona (second-best matchup for opposing tight ends). Jonnu Smith will be in consideration for deeper leagues when he faces Houston, the fourth-best matchup for tight ends, in Week 15.

Best of luck to you all in Week 14. 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 keeper leagues. He lives in Yorktown, VA with his beautiful wife, son, and daughter. Feel free to ask him any and everything regarding fantasy football on twitter. It's all about winning that fantasy football championship, Sharks!