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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 16

If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you made it to the championship in your respective league(s), 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 16:


Good Matchups

Dwayne Haskins, Washington (vs. New York Giants)

Haskins has been the butt of jokes this year, but he put some respect on his name in Week 15. Haskins did well against Philadelphia, as he didn’t turn the ball over and threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns. The most impressive stat was that he averaged 9.3 yards per attempt, which was far and away his best yet of his young career. Philadelphia is actually the seventh toughest matchup for quarterbacks, which is actually surprising. What’s not surprising is that the Giants are the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks, which is who Haskins will get this week. I like him to continue his progression in Week 16, and he is a fine streamer for those that are desperate.

Drew Lock, Denver (vs. Detroit)

Lock was abysmal in Week 15, as only completed 45 percent of his passes and tossed no touchdowns (and one interception). The weather was awful, though, and Kansas City is the fifth-toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Keep in mind that he was lights out in his first two games before the Week 15 debacle, as he tossed five combined touchdowns in those contests. Detroit’s pass defense is atrocious, and is the sixth-best matchup for quarterbacks. Jameis Winston just lit that defense up with a completely depleted receiver core, and Detroit won’t fix its defense overnight. Even though Haskins has the better matchup, it is Lock who is my preferred streamer for Week 16.

Bad Matchup

Tom Brady, New England (vs. Buffalo)

A little known fact: Tom Brady isn’t even a Top 15 fantasy quarterback on the season. People still want to start him, though, which has to be due to his name. Buffalo is the second-toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. There isn’t a chance in hell I’d play Brady against that stout Buffalo defense in championship week, and you shouldn’t either. Yes, I’d play both Lock and Haskins over Brady in Week 16 …

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Jacob Hollister, Seattle (vs. Arizona)

The key to finding a good tight end play is seeing whoever 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 (see Ricky Seals-Jones’ stat line from Week 15 …). Hollister has cooled down as of late, but he will bounce back in a big way this week. Hollister is a locked and loaded Top 10 play in Week 16.

O.J. Howard, TB (vs. Houston)

Howard has actually come on as of late, as he is averaging 60 receiving yards in each of his past three games. The entire Tampa Bay receiving core is banged up, so the team is going to lean on Howard like crazy this week. Houston is the best matchup possible for opposing tight ends, and that was on full display in Week 15. Jonnu Smith (who I featured here last week) totaled 117 yards against Houston, which is just absurd. So yeah, Howard is a phenomenal play in Week 16.

Bad Matchup

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis (vs. Carolina)

Doyle has been a staple in fantasy lineups since Eric Ebron went down for the season, and for good reason. The targets have certainly been there, and they should continue to be. That being said, Carolina is the fourth-toughest matchup for opposing tight ends, and it just handed Jacob Hollister his worst stat line since he became Seattle’s starting tight end. I like both Hollister and Howard more than Doyle for Week 16.

A Look Ahead to Week 17…

Jared Goff should be a stud in Week 17, as he gets the best possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks (Arizona, who he already lit up this year). For those of you in deeper leagues, give whoever is starting in Carolina (Kyle Allen or Will Grier) a look in Week 17. Carolina faces New Orleans, the seventh-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Keep rolling with Tyler Higbee in Week 17, as he gets Arizona (you know the deal by now …). As mentioned above, Jonnu Smith just lit up Houston and he faces Houston again in Week 17 (best possible matchup for tight ends).

Best of luck to you all in Week 16. 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!