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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 15

If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you made the playoffs and are marching into the semifinals, so congratulations! Even though this is the playoffs, 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 15:


Good Matchup

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (at Arizona)

Mayfield has been abysmal this year, to say the least. He didn’t toss a touchdown in Week 14, and he was intercepted twice (which brings his season total up to 16). I still like Mayfield this week however, as he gets to face the best possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks when he travels to play Arizona. Anytime someone faces this pass defense, they tend to shred it apart (Devlin Hodges only had three incompletions against Arizona in Week 14, for crying out loud). Mayfield should be a top-priority streamer for those in need for Week 15.

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville (at Oakland)

Minshew also looked awful in Week 14, but that was a tough matchup against a stingy Los Angeles Chargers pass defense. This week he gets the pleasure of facing Oakland, the fifth-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Keep in mind that Minshew was a QB1 earlier this year, so we know he has it in him to succeed. This play is only for those that are in deeper leagues, as Mayfield is the play in standard sized leagues.

Bad Matchup

Josh Allen, Buffalo (at Pittsburgh)

I wrote about Allen here last week, and Baltimore did stifle him (one passing touchdown and only 8 rushing yards). Now he has to face Pittsburgh, the third-toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. You should pivot away from Allen in such a crucial week in our fantasy playoffs, as both his floor (which had been sky-high) and ceiling take a drastic hit in Week 15.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

David Njoku, Cleveland (at Arizona)

The key to finding a good tight end to 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. Arizona simply just bleeds points to the tight end position. Njoku only saw three targets in his return last week, but he should see more action in Week 15. Don’t be surprised when you see Njoku with a monstrous stat line in Week 15.

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee (vs. Houston)

Smith only had 29 receiving yards in Week 14, but he did find the endzone. He is a good selection for tight end needy teams, as he gets to face Houston in Week 15 (best possible matchup for opposing tight ends). Ryan Tannehill spreads the ball around in the offense, but Tennessee is smart enough to exploit major weaknesses of its opponents. I like Njoku more this week, but Smith isn’t far behind.

Bad Matchup

Jason Witten, Dallas (vs. Los Angeles Rams)

Witten is actually a Top 12 tight end on the year, which may be surprising to some. He is especially safe in points per reception (PPR) leagues, even though his ceiling is never high. That being said, you need to stay far away from the former Monday Night Football color commentator in Week 15. He has to face the Los Angeles Rams, and they are the worst possible matchup for opposing tight ends. You’ve been warned, folks.

A Look Ahead to Week 16 …

Dwayne Haskins could be of use in deeper leagues for Week 16, as he gets to face the New York Giants (second-best matchup for quarterbacks). Drew Lock has looked good in his young career, and he could be in play when he faces the sixth-best matchup for quarterbacks (Detroit) in Week 16. O.J. Howard has come on of late, and he gets the best possible matchup for tight ends when he faces Houston in Week 16 (Tampa Bay could lean on him more with Mike Evans out for the foreseeable future). Jacob Hollister was a dud in Week 14, but he is in a smash spot when he faces Arizona in Week 16 (second-best matchup for tight ends).

Best of luck to you all in Week 15. 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!