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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 11

Thanks, Josh McCown, for crapping the bed in such a great matchup. Seriously, McCown had been a QB1 on the season, no matter the matchup. Ugh … we can’t get them all right. One trend did continue, though. The New York Giants can’t cover the tight end. Garrett Celek hung 67 yards and a touchdown on the lowly New York Giants defense. Travis Kelce gets the gift of the Giants defense in Week 11, but he is universally owned. This is another make-or-break week for lots of people, but there is hope, even if you are struggling for a stream at the quarterback or tight end position. Let’s jump into some quarterback and tight ends with exploitable matchups in Week 11.

Good Matchups

Quarterbacks 

Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. Kansas City)

Yes, I am recommending Manning two weeks in a row (they said I’m not crazy, I swear). Manning had the pleasure of facing San Francisco last week (fifth-easiest matchup for a quarterback), and he was serviceable with 273 yards and two touchdowns. This week has Manning going to battle against Kansas City, the second-easiest matchup for a quarterback. Alex Smith should be able to do major damage against the Giants’ struggling defense, and Manning will have to keep up. Expect another 250-plus yards with 2-3 touchdowns (and probably one or two turnovers …) in Week 11. Manning is a serviceable stream for those in need.

Jay Cutler, Miami (vs. Tampa Bay)

So, this article has been written before Miami’s Monday night bout against Carolina, but hopefully Miami kept its offense rolling like in Week 9. (Editors Note: I’m not sure anyone was beating Carolina last night!)  Yes, Josh McCown and the New York Jets couldn’t get it done against Tampa Bay in Week 10, but I’m calling that an outlier. Even after McCown’s disastrous performance, Tampa Bay still grades out as the ninth-easiest matchup for a quarterback. Again, unless Jay Cutler completely flops Monday night, he is a good stream this week. If he does flop, give consideration to whomever starts for Arizona (Drew Stanton’s injury needs to be monitored). Arizona gets the pleasure of facing Houston, the fourth-easiest matchup for a quarterback.

Bad Matchup

Kirk Cousins, Washington (at New Orleans)

My, how things have changed! If I would have told you that the New Orleans defense in 2017 would be studly, you’d probably be throwing rocks at me. Although, here we are, and New Orleans grades out as the fourth-hardest matchup for a quarterback. Cousins was fine in Week 10 against Minnesota, but that was mainly on the back of two rushing scores. You know who is a good rushing quarterback? Tyrod Taylor, who was just completely shut down by New Orleans in Week 10 (27 rushing yards and 56 passing yards to a cool 33.6 quarterback rating …). It’s tough to bench Cousins, but I’d strongly advise it if you have other options.

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