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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 10

I hope all of the Sharks made it out of bye week hell unscathed and making a push for the playoffs. That being said, we do have four teams on bye this week (Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland and Philadelphia). That won’t be as bad as the past two weeks, but we will still be without a decent amount of fantasy power in Week 10. Tyler Higbee kept the trend of “every tight end scores on the New York Giants” going, and there will be more on that below. With that said, I’ll quit babbling and get into some quarterbacks and tight ends with exploitable matchups in Week 10.

Good Matchups

Quarterbacks

Eli Manning, New York Giants (at San Francisco)

Manning gets the pleasure of taking on San Francisco, who grade out as the second-easiest matchup for a quarterback on the year. Drew Stanton just threw for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns against San Francisco’s porous pass defense, so Manning should be in line for a successful game this week. No, Manning did not look great in Week 9, but the Los Angeles Rams have a pretty solid pass defense. Stream Manning in Week 10, please and thank you.

Josh McCown, New York Jets (at Tampa Bay)

McCown wasn’t phenomenal last Thursday, but that was due to the Jets getting out to a big lead early. That being said, this week he gets to face Tampa Bay, who grade out as the sixth-easiest matchup for a quarterback. Drew Brees only needed to throw the ball 27 times in Week 9 against Tampa Bay, but he still threw two touchdowns on his way to a 131.9 quarterback rating. McCown is probably my favorite stream this week.

Bad Matchup

Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (at Jacksonville)

It’s always “who is facing Jacksonville this week?” for me. Philip Rivers, come on down! Rivers should be well rested after his bye week, but Jacksonville will shut him and his pass catchers down. Jacksonville grades out as the hardest matchup for a quarterback, and that was on full display when it dismantled Cincinnati in Week 9. You need to look elsewhere this week, Sharks. Even if Jalen Ramsey receives some kind of suspension (he shouldn’t …) for his actions in Week 9, Rivers will struggle mightily in Week 10. You’ve been warned …

Good Matchups

Tight Ends

George Kittle, San Francisco (vs. New York Giants)

Again, it’s always “who is facing the Giants this week?” for me. George Kittle, you are my stream of the week. Tyler Higbee was my feature here last week, and he scored in Week 9 against the Giants. These trends should continue, as the Giants are the easiest matchup for a tight end. They have given up nine touchdowns in eight games to the tight end position. Yes, he only caught three of his five targets last week, but he was in and out of the game with an injury (something to monitor this week). Either way, Kittle needs to be in your starting lineup in Week 10.

(EDIT: Kyle Shanahan announced that Kittle will not play in Week 10. Garrett Celek will start. Even Celek has streaming appeal in this matchup, just not as much as Kittle.)

Eric Ebron, Detroit (vs. Cleveland)

Ebron has been a massive disappointment on the year, but he should be in your thoughts for Week 10. Detroit goes to battle against Cleveland, and Cleveland grades out as the sixth-easiest matchup for a tight end. This article was written Monday afternoon, so hopefully nothing crazy happened with Ebron on Monday night (insert Darren Fells if something does happen). Ebron did have six targets in Week 8 against Pittsburgh, and that will be enough to get it done against lowly Cleveland. Ebron … yes … do it.

Bad Matchup

Martellus Bennett, Green Bay (at Chicago)

Chicago hasn’t done much this year, but it has been good at shutting down the tight end. Chicago grades out as the third-hardest matchup for a tight end, so don’t expect much from Bennett this week. I tabbed Bennett as a fantasy bust before the season, and he has lived up to that. Many are still looking at his name value when making lineup decisions, and you shouldn’t be. In Week 10, Bennett is an automatic sit. Going further, feel free to drop him for any of the two guys above … they have much more upside.

A Look Ahead to Week 11 …

Houston grades out as the easiest matchup for a quarterback, and Drew Stanton gets the pleasure in Week 11. Stanton looked, at least, competent against San Francisco in Week 9. Speaking of San Francisco … oh, wait … on bye in Week 11 … dang it. Jay Cutler takes on Tampa Bay, and Tampa Bay is the sixth-easiest matchup for a quarterback. I know I said I wouldn’t mention Cutler again, but he did just light up Oakland for 311 yards and three touchdowns. You could do far worse at the quarterback position in Week 11 than Cutler … gross, I know.

Who faces the New York Giants!? Oh, Travis Kelce … moving along. Denver grades out as the second-easiest matchup for a tight end, so keep Tyler Kroft in mind for Week 11. Houston grades out as the third-easiest matchup for a tight end, so Jermaine Gresham could eat in Week 11 when he goes to battle against Houston. I know it isn’t pretty, but Gresham did score in Week 9 against San Francisco, who has been tough against the tight end position this year.

Good luck to you all in Week 10. 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!