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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 13

Week 13 is already here. Ugh, it’s bittersweet, as I am looking forward to the fantasy playoffs to start, but this season has just gone by way too fast. Many have one more week to fight for a playoff spot, so I don’t need to tell you how important lineup decisions are. If you’re reading this, then you most likely stream at the quarterback and/or tight end position (as I do), so it’s key to look at what players have good and bad matchups. That being said, let’s take a look at some quarterbacks and tight ends with exploitable matchups in Week 13.


Good Matchups

Derek Carr, Oakland (vs. New York Giants)

Carr is my favorite stream this week, as he faces off against the 2nd easiest matchup for a quarterback (New York Giants). The only downside I see here is that he may be without Amari Cooper (concussion) and will be without Michael Crabtree (two game suspension). That being said, Carr looked great last Sunday against that Broncos, throwing for 253 yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers. Michael Crabtree was out for majority of that game, so there is a silver lining. If Carr is on your bench (or waiver wire) you may want to get him into your starting lineup for Week 13.

Trevor Siemian, Denver (at Miami)

Because of how bad Paxton Lynch played (and the fact that he got injured in Week 12), it’s going to be Siemian for Week 13. It gives me a headache thinking about starting him, but he does face the Dolphins in Week 13, who are the 6th easiest matchup for a quarterback. Look, there probably isn’t much on the waiver wire in deeper leagues, but I’m positive Siemian is. You could do far worse. As a side note, I refuse to recommend Eli Manning against the 4th easiest pass defense (Oakland) for a quarterback. He has been pitiful in his past two matchups, which were all paltry pass defenses. But, if you can’t bring yourself to start a Denver quarterback, there you have it. Eli has another golden matchup. Stream Eli at your own risk.

Bad Matchup

Matthew Stafford, Detroit (at Baltimore)

Stafford didn’t look too great against the 7th hardest pass defense in the Minnesota Vikings, so I need to tell you to temper expectations again. Baltimore is the hardest matchup for a quarterback, so you may get lucky if you get even close to Stafford’s production in Week 12 (20-35, 251 yards, 2 TDs, 2 turnovers). Yeah, that line isn’t so pretty, is it? If you have other options (like Derek Carr), I’d look to use them in a pivotal week for all fantasy owners.

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!