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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 7

We have four teams on bye this week, as all players from Miami, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Minnesota will be off. There’s a lot of fire power there, so streaming is key this week. 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 7.

Quarterbacks

Good Matchups

Matthew Stafford, Detroit (at Atlanta)

Stafford’s stat line from Week 6 wasn’t impressive, but that was because the ground game was working so well. This week he should light up the box score, as Atlanta is the best possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Kirk Cousins made this defense look good in the first half of the game in Week 6, but then he proved that it is still awful, tossing for three scores in the second half alone. Stafford is a phenomenal play in Week 6.

Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina (at New Orleans)

Bridgewater was atrocious in Week 6, but we expected that since he was facing Chicago (worst possible matchup for quarterbacks). He should bounce back this week though, as New Orleans is the fourth-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Carolina is going to be out for blood after that tough loss in Week 6, so expect somewhat of an offensive shootout in this one. If you can’t get Stafford in your lineups this week, Bridgewater is a good consolation prize.

Bad Matchup

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Chicago)

This segment is just going to be reserved for whomever is playing Chicago in said week. Chicago is the worst possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and it’s not even close. Goff had been on fire this season up until he ran into an angry San Francisco defense last Sunday night, and it should be a similar outcome this week. Do not, and I repeat do not, even consider playing Goff in Week 7.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh (at Tennessee)

Ebron has been a letdown of late, especially in a great matchup last week against Cleveland. He has another great matchup this week though, as Tennessee is the third-best matchup for opposing tight ends. The Tennessee offense will also force Pittsburgh to pass more, which bodes well for Ebron here. I think a healthy dose of 6-8 targets are on tap here, and also a good chance of a score. Go ahead and put your faith back into Ebron in Week 7.

Evan Engram, New York Giants (at Philadelphia)

Engram has also been a letdown, but you can’t ignore his matchup this week. Philadelphia has been shredded all year by the tight end position – it is the fourth-best matchup for opposing tight ends. We all know how athletic Engram is, so it’s just a matter of time before he gets going. That should be the case in Week 7, so go ahead and have confidence in Engram this week.

Bad Matchup

Hayden Hurst, Atlanta (vs. Detroit)

Hurst has been hit-or-miss on the season, and Week 7 should be a miss. Detroit is the third-toughest matchup for opposing tight ends. He had a late score in Week 6 that saved his fantasy day, but hidden among that was that he only received four targets in that game. It’s tough to sit him, but if you have another option at the position, you should give it some thought.

A Look Ahead to Week 8 …

Who has the pleasure of facing Atlanta’s league-worst pass defense in Week 8? Well it’s Teddy Bridgewater, so hold on to him if you are streaming him this week. Jimmy Garoppolo could be serviceable in Week 8, as Seattle is the second-best matchup for quarterbacks. Dalton Schultz could be good in Week 8, as he faces Philadelphia that week (fourth-best matchup for tight ends). Jimmy Graham will be a great play in Week 8, as Tennessee is the third-best matchup for tight ends.

Best of luck to you all for Week 7. 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!