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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 4

Can you believe it’s already Week 4? Me neither, but we are into the second quarter of the season, which means we may need some wins before we start freaking out. For you folks who are new here, I like to inform you all about the QB2 and TE2 players whom 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 4.


Good Matchups

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (at Dallas)

Don’t look now, but Cleveland is 2-1. Say what!? I know, and most of that is due to their amazing run game. Mayfield has been a big part of the success, too, as he has four touchdowns and only one turnover in his past two contests. Enter Dallas, the third-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks on the young season. Whenever a team faces Dallas, that contest typically becomes a shootout. Mayfield is a fantastic streamer for Week 4.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami (vs. Seattle)

Another possible shootout, huh? That is correct, as Seattle is the fifth-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and we have seen that the team is truly “letting Russ(ell Wilson) cook.” Speaking of cooking, Fitzpatrick has been phenomenal since his Week 1 debacle against New England. He has four touchdowns and zero turnovers, including a 328-yard effort against a tough Buffalo defense. If you’re feeling frisky and need to throw a dart this week, Fitzpatrick is your man.

Bad Matchup

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee (vs. Pittsburgh)

Tannehill has been as advertised on the season, and many of you are rolling with the Comeback Player of last year as their starter. That being said, you may want to go another route in Week 4. He has to face the daunting Pittsburgh defense, the third-toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. I don’t think you need to drop him, but you may want to consider one of the gentlemen mentioned above for Week 4.


Tight Ends

Good Matchups

T.J. Hockenson, Detroit (vs. New Orleans)

Hockenson is quietly having a very consistent year, as he has no less than 50 receiving yards in any game thus far. Now the sophomore tight end gets the pleasure of facing New Orleans, the best possible matchup for opposing tight ends. The return of Kenny Golladay only helps Hockenson, as New Orleans will surely pay more attention to the deep threat here. Play Hockenson with confidence in Week 4.

Dalton Schultz, Dallas (vs. Cleveland)

Man, I really thought that this was Blake Jarwin’s breakout season. Hopefully he can fully recover by next season and show us what he’s all about. In the meantime, Schultz has filled in admirably in two games, averaging eight targets per game and a 6.5-65-0.5 per game stat line. Those are TE1 numbers, folks, and he gets to face the third-best matchup for opposing tight ends in Week 4 when Dallas battles Cleveland. Fire up Schultz this week as a great play.

Bad Matchup

Hayden Hurst, Atlanta (at Green Bay)

Hurst has been on and off this season, but Week 4 should be an off week. Green Bay is the toughest matchup for opposing tight ends. The three targets he had in Week 3 in the loss to Chicago scares me, and then you add in the tough matchup, and you have a recipe for disaster. Find another tight end for Week 4 if you can.

A Look Ahead to Week 5 …

Teddy Bridgewater will be a great streamer in Week 5, as he has the best matchup for opposing quarterbacks (Atlanta). Jared Goff has impressed this season, and he should impress in Week 5 when he faces Washington (second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks). Dawson Knox could be of service in Week 5 when he faces Tennessee, the fifth-best matchup for tight ends. Mo Alie-Cox or Jack Doyle will be great in Week 5, as they face Cleveland (third-best matchup for tight ends).

Best of luck to you all in Week 4. 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!