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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 6

Due to COVID, the schedule for a few teams are a bit wonky. You need to keep up with these changes, as bye weeks are being shifted around to deal with the pandemic. 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 6.

Quarterbacks

Good Matchups

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota (vs. Atlanta)

Cousins had a fantastic matchup in Week 5, but he didn’t exactly deliver. He did toss two touchdown strikes, though, but also turned the ball over twice. Let’s give him a mulligan, shall we? This week he faces Atlanta, the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. This secondary has been gutted all season and just made Teddy Bridgewater look like a Hall-of-Famer in Week 5. If you are someone who lost Dak Prescott last week (ugh …), give Cousins a look in Week 6.

Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville (vs. Detroit)

If you just can’t pull the trigger on starting Cousins, give Minshew a look. He gets the pleasure of taking on Detroit, the fourth-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. He has had an up-and-down season, but has thrown for multiple touchdowns in all but one game on the season. D.J. Chark did get banged up in Week 5, so you will need to monitor that. Even still, this is an exploitable matchup, so Minshew is a fine stream in Week 6.

Bad Matchup

Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina (vs. Chicago)

As mentioned above, Bridgewater was phenomenal in Week 5, and has been good for the majority of the season. That being said, Week 6 is not the time to put your faith in the veteran. Chicago is so far, the worst possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks, which I was surprised to see myself. Those who lost Prescott or have a quarterback on bye (Russell Wilson, Justin Herbert, Drew Brees, Derek Carr) will be tempted to rely on Bridgewater, but that’s not a wise idea this week.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh (vs. Cleveland)

Ebron really only has one great game on the season, but he did okay in Week 5 despite his lost fumble. I love him this week, though, as Cleveland is the best possible matchup for opposing tight ends. Cleveland’s offense is also decent this year, so Pittsburgh will have to throw more than you think. Look, when all else fails, you start your tight ends against Cleveland. That’s exactly what you should do with Ebron in Week 6.

Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota (vs. Atlanta)

If you need a deep sleeper this week, look no further than sophomore tight end Smith Jr. He has been quiet on the season, but he was the No. 2 receiving option for Minnesota in Week 5 (64 receiving yards, which is great for tight ends). Atlanta’s defense is atrocious, the third-best matchup for opposing tight ends. Again, this is just for deeper leagues, but Smith could build off his good Week 5 performance in Week 6.

Bad Matchup

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay (vs. Green Bay)

People still want to start Gronkowski every week, and I just don’t get it. Gronkowski has done nothing of note on the season, and isn’t even the first tight end read on the team (Cameron Brate is). Now he has to face Green Bay this week, the worst matchup for opposing tight ends. Just go ahead and drop Gronkowski to the waiver wire and let a league mate suffer the consequences.

A Look Ahead to Week 7 …

Andy Dalton gets the pleasure of facing Washington in Week 7, the best possible matchup for quarterbacks. Matthew Stafford was probably dropped during his bye, go ahead and scoop him up for Week 7. He faces Atlanta, the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Dalton Schultz threw up a clunker in Week 5, but he will bounce back in Week 7 when he faces Washington (second-best matchup for tight ends). For those in deeper leagues, give Ian Thomas a look in Week 7. He faces New Orleans, the fourth-best matchup for opposing tight ends.

Best of luck to you all for Week 6. 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!