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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 1

Football is back, baby, and boy do we need it. This has been a crazy year, and this season is most likely going to be strange. Don’t fret, though, as it looks as if we will have a full football season to enjoy. 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 1.


Good Matchups

Tyrod Taylor, LAC (at Cincinnati)

Taylor is a bit of a wildcard, but he’s a great dart throw for this week. Taylor will face the Bengals who are the 3rd best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. If Mike Williams suits up, I like Taylor even more. Even still, the Chargers have enough weapons on offense that Taylor can lean on. He is a great play in Week 1 for deeper leagues and daily slates.

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI (at Detroit)

I don’t think Trubisky will start the entire season for the Bears (Nick Foles is just better, don’t @ me) but we know he is the starter for Week 1. Luckily he has a great matchup, as the Lions are the 4th best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. He may be without David Montgomery, but that’s not a huge loss (sorry again, Bears fans). If you are truly in a pickle in your league or need an insanely cheap option in daily formats, give Trubisky a look.

Bad Matchup

Aaron Rodgers, GB (at Minnesota)

Rodgers should have a better fantasy season than last year, but that bounce-back effort may have to wait until Week 2. In Week 1 he gets the pleasure of facing the Vikings who are the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. He is a complete fade for me in all formats this week.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Blake Jarwin, DAL (at Los Angeles Rams)

Jarwin was one of my favorite late-round targets for tight end in 2020 and he should get off to a hot start in Week 1. He faces the Rams, who are the easiest matchup for opposing tight ends. With Jason Witten finally out of the way, Jarwin can finally show the world how much of a stud he can be. He is my favorite play this week past the “usual suspects” group (Kelce, Kittle, etc.).

Eric Ebron, PIT (at New York Giants)

This is for you deep leaguers out there. Ebron is a tough sell for Week 1, but he does face the Giants, who are the 5th best matchup for tight ends. Reports out of camp are that Ebron has been a standout, making plays all over the field for the Steelers. Don’t forget that Ebron caught 13 touchdowns in 2018. Give Ebron a look if you’re struggling at the position for Week 1.

Bad Matchup

Jared Cook, NO (vs. Tampa Bay)

Cook will have a fine season, but look for him to get off to a slow start in Week 1. He faces Tampa Bay who are the 4th hardest matchup for tight ends. Tampa Bay’s defense quietly played well towards the end of last year, and they should continue that trend this week. Cook is a fade in Week 1.

A Look Ahead to Week 2…

Baker Mayfield should be serviceable in Week 2, as he faces the Bengals (3rd best matchup for quarterbacks). Mitchell Trubisky (or Nick Foles…) will be a decent dart throw that week, as they face the Giants (5th best matchup for opposing quarterbacks). Zach Ertz is an every-week play, but Dallas Goedert could be good in Week 2 (Rams are the best matchup for tight ends). Keep an eye on Logan Thomas, as he has the 7th best matchup (Arizona) for opposing tight ends in Week 2.

Best of luck to you all in Week 1. 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!