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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 5

Well, if you took my advice in Week 4 and started Case Keenum, I just want to start off by saying sorry. Keenum was benched in the second quarter of the contest, leaving fantasy players with negative points. Either way, we must prepare for Week 5, and I’m here to assist you on that. 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 5.


Good Matchups

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay (at New Orleans)

Winston completely shocked the world in Week 4, as he torched a good Los Angeles Rams defense for 385 yards and four touchdowns. That’s two weeks in a row that Winston has been more than serviceable, so he is back in the circle of trust. New Orleans did just contain Dallas in Week 4, but this is still an “attackable” defense (third-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks). I can’t believe I’m actually going through with this, but Winston is as good of a streamer as you could get.

Chase Daniel, Chicago (at Oakland)

As of this writing, it is believed that Mitchell Trubisky will not be playing in Week 5. Enter Daniel, who lit up the stingy Minnesota defense in Trubisky’s absence, completing 74 percent of his passes and tossing a touchdown (to no turnovers). Daniel will have it easier this week, though, as Oakland is the ninth-best matchup for quarterbacks. This defense has been getting torched this year (Jacoby Brissett just had three touchdowns against Oakland in Week 4), and Daniel should be next in line to do so. It’s scary, but Daniel is a great play in Week 5.

Bad Matchup

Daniel Jones, New York Giants (vs. Minnesota)

Jones came out on fire in Week 3, but did come back to earth in Week 4. The disappointing part of Week 4 was that it was against Washington’s porous defense (one touchdown to two interceptions). Now Jones faces Minnesota this week, who is the third-toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. You may tempted to continue rolling with the new hotness, but I’m here to advise against it. Find a better option than Jones in Week 5.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati (vs. Arizona)

The golden rule this year is that if a tight end faces Arizona, then said tight end will have a great game. Come on down, Tyler Eifert, as you’re the next man up! Arizona is the best possible matchup for a tight end, and it’s not even close. Will Dissly just had 57 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Eifert should be able to replicate that. Starting Eifert is hard to swallow, but the stats don’t lie. If you need a tight end in Week 5, Eifert is your best bet.

Trey Burton, Chicago (at Oakland)

Burton has been off to a slow start, but this could be the week he breaks out. Chase Daniel could breathe some life into this offense, and that’s not a joke. Luckily for Burton, he gets the pleasure of facing Oakland, who is the eighth-best matchup for tight ends. Both Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron scored against Oakland in Week 4, which further proves the fact that Oakland can’t cover tight ends (or much else, for that matter). If you’re really in a bind this week, give Burton a look.

Bad Matchup

Delanie Walker, Tennessee (vs. Buffalo)

Walker was a beast through the first three weeks of the season, but that all changed in Week 4. Walker was held to only one reception and 4 yards, and it’s fair to assume he will struggle to find success yet again in Week 5. Buffalo is the toughest matchup for opposing tight ends, so you may want to look for alternatives for your tight end spot this week. Buffalo’s defense is legit, as it just held New England to only 16 points last week. The tight end landscape is tough to navigate through, but you have to temper expectations for Walker this week.

A Look Ahead to Week 6 …

Washington faces Miami in Week 6, so whomever (my guess is Dwayne Haskins) starts for Washington will be a great stream (Miami is the best matchup for quarterbacks). Gardner Minshew could be a delight in Week 6, as he faces the third-best matchup for quarterbacks (New Orleans). Benjamin Watson returns from suspension in Week 5, so he could be of interest when he faces the New York Giants (fifth-best matchup for tight ends) in Week 6. Cleveland is the sixth-best matchup for tight ends, so Will Dissly should stay hot in Week 6.

Best of luck to you all in Week 5. 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!