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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 14

If you’re reading this, hopefully it means that you have made the playoffs in your league(s). If not, thanks for coming back anyway. You, sir or madam, are the real MVP. Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends who have good and bad matchups for Week 14.

Quarterbacks

Good Matchups

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (vs. Carolina)

Mayfield looked atrocious against the stout Houston defense in Week 13 (TD, 3 INT), but I think he bounces back in Week 14. Carolina is up next for the first overall pick in the 2018 draft, and Carolina is the second-best matchup for quarterbacks on the season. Jameis Winston and Co. just ran all over this defense, and I expect a similar outcome this week when Cleveland faces the reeling Carolina defense.

Dak Prescott, Dallas (vs. Philadelphia)

As of this writing, I have no idea how Philadelphia’s defense fared against the non-existent Washington offense, but I don’t care. Prescott and Dallas are hot as of late, and that is despite the fact that he laid a clunker (for fantasy purposes) against New Orleans in Week 13. Prescott did complete 85.7 percent of his passes against New Orleans, and New Orleans is a much better defense than Philadelphia. Let Prescott rock if you need him in the first week of fantasy playoffs.

Bad Matchup

Russell Wilson, Seattle (vs. Minnesota)

Another week, and we have another tough decision for quarterbacks and tough matchups. Wilson just tossed four touchdowns in Week 13, but that was against the hapless San Francisco defense. Enter Minnesota, who is the hardest matchup for opposing quarterbacks on the season. For that same reason I told you to sit Tom Brady if you could, and he only tossed one touchdown in that contest. If you’re starting Wilson this week, it’s solely because you are banking on him and the Seattle offense continuing on their hot streak.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh (at Oakland)

McDonald didn’t do much in Week 13 (28 receiving yards), but he did see seven targets. Seven targets for a tight end is a great thing, and then we can add in the fact that he faces Oakland in Week 14. Oakland is the best matchup for opposing tight ends on the season, and Oakland was just ripped for 217 yards and three touchdowns (you read that correctly) by Kansas City’s tight end duo. Pittsburgh is fighting for a playoff spot and will be looking to exploit Oakland’s lackluster defense. McDonald could be a stud in Week 14.

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee (vs. Jacksonville)

Smith was a bit of a letdown in Week 13, as he only had two receptions for 29 yards against the New York Jets. Don’t forget that he was a TE1 in the previous four weeks though, Sharks. Week 14 also brings Jacksonville, who is the fourth-best matchup for opposing tight ends. Like Pittsburgh, Tennessee is also fighting for a playoff spot. Look for Smith to bounce back in the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Bad Matchup

Matt LaCosse, Denver (at San Francisco)

As I state every week, it’s hard to sit any tight end with any value. This week, I’m slamming the brakes down on a lot of people’s favorite sleeper tight end for the remainder of the season. LaCosse gave us a goose egg in a plus matchup against Cincinnati (only one target) in Week 13, so it can only get worse. Now he gets the worst matchup possible for opposing tight ends in San Francisco … so, yeah … I don’t think I need to go on.

A Look Ahead to Week 15 …

For Week 15, Derek Carr gets the best matchup for quarterbacks when Oakland takes on Cincinnati. Carr tossed three touchdowns and no interceptions against Kansas City in Week 13, so maybe he is coming around (a little too late, but whatever). On the other side of the ball in that matchup, Oakland is the sixth-easiest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. So if you’re EXTREMELY desperate, Jeff Driskel may be of service. C.J. Uzomah has been a target-hog ever since Driskel has taken over, and he gets the best possible matchup for tight ends in Week 15 when he faces Oakland. If you REALLY need a dart-throw, look Vernon Davis’s way. Jacksonville is the fourth-best tight end matchup on the season, and Davis has been getting it done as of late.

Best of luck to you all in Week 14. I hope you all advance in the playoffs and ultimately win your league(s). 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!