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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 16

It’s championship week (for most), baby! If you’re reading this, I’m assuming that you made it to the championship in your league(s), so congratulations! You never know what COVID will bring the NFL this week, so you’ll need to pay close attention to the news leading all the way up to game day. 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 16.

Quarterbacks

Good Matchups

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (at New York Jets)

Mayfield didn’t wreck the New York Giants in Week 15, but he managed the game well and ended the night with great statistics (297 passing yards, 2 touchdowns). Now he gets the pleasure of facing the Jets, the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. I know, the lowly Jets just made the Los Angeles Rams look awful, but that was just one game. Cleveland is hot and should rain on the Jets’ winning parade this week, so Mayfield is a fine streamer for Week 16.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit (vs. Tampa Bay)

As of now, it appears that Stafford came out of Week 15 unscathed. He also had a great matchup last week, and I know he didn’t light up the stat sheet (252 passing yards, 1 touchdown), but let’s look past that. He didn’t take one sack nor did he throw an interception. That’s progress, and the offensive line is playing well right now. Enter Tampa Bay, who is the best possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks. It seems as if every game Tampa Bay has played lately turns into a shootout, which only helps the veteran’s cause. Don’t be scared off of Stafford’s rib injury, as he is a good play in Week 16.

Bad Matchup

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota (at New Orleans)

On the surface, this would appear to be a smash spot for Cousins (possible shootout?), but that’s not the case. New Orleans is the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks, so Cousins’ hot streak could come to a screaming halt this week. Patrick Mahomes did toss three touchdowns against New Orleans in Week 15, but he was sacked four times and had a putrid 5.4 yards per attempt (on 47 passing attempts). You shouldn’t be streaming Cousins in the fantasy playoffs, as it could cost you the ship.

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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!