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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 14

Hopefully you are reading this due to the fact that you have made the playoffs in your league(s). I’m just going to assume that you did make the playoffs, so congratulations! Now it’s time to get that win in Week 14 if you didn’t secure a bye week. Let’s just go ahead and get into it with some quarterbacks and tight ends with exploitable matchups in Week 14.


Good Matchups

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco (at Houston)

Garoppolo didn’t light the world on fire in his debut in Week 13, as he threw for 293 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. Chicago, however, is a tougher matchup for quarterbacks. This week, Garoppolo gets the pleasure of facing Houston, who grades out as the easiest matchup for a quarterback. Marcus Mariota just had two total touchdowns against Houston in the Week 13 win, and I look for Garoppolo to have at least two total touchdowns in Week 14.

DeShone Kizer, Cleveland (vs. Green Bay)

It pains me to recommend a streaming option from Cleveland, but I just have to do it. Kizer threw for 215 yards, a touchdown and an interception while adding 46 yards on the ground last week. That was against the Los Angeles Chargers, who are the fifth-hardest matchup for a quarterback. Kizer will go to battle against Green Bay, who grades out as the sixth-easiest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Oh yeah, Josh Gordon didn’t look too bad in his debut, right? I look for Kizer and Gordon’s rapport to grow this week, in what could be a closer contest than expected.

Bad Matchup 

Case Keenum, Minnesota (at Carolina)

Everyone’s favorite streamer this year should have tough sledding in Week 14, as Carolina grades out as the seventh-hardest matchup for a quarterback. Carolina was able to hold Drew Brees to one touchdown in Week 13, and I look for that trend to continue this week. Keenum did throw for two touchdowns in Week 13, but Atlanta is a much easier pass defense to throw against. It’s tough to sit Keenum, as he has been hot as of late, but this has the look of a letdown game for those expecting big things from Keenum.

Tight Ends 

Good Matchups 

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets (at Denver)

Seferian-Jenkins has been a disappointment of late, to say the least. That being said, he gets the third-easiest matchup for a tight end in Week 14, as Denver can’t seem to cover the position. Julius Thomas just scored against Denver in Week 13, and that trend should continue in Week 14. He has probably been dropped, or will be, so keep an eye out if he is. I like him as a Top-10 play for the first week of the playoffs.

Stephen Anderson, Houston (vs. San Francisco)

C.J. Fiedorowicz will most likely be out, so enter Anderson. Anderson plays San Francisco in Week 14. San Francisco grades out as the second-easiest matchup for a tight end. Anderson had a whopping 12 targets in Week 13, in which he turned into five receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. Any time a tight end receives double-digit targets, you need to pay attention. I’m no Tom Savage truther, but opportunity is king in fantasy. Don’t be scared to stream Anderson if you’re in a bind at the tight end position in Week 14.

Bad Matchup 

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota (at Carolina)

Rudolph has been on fire lately, but the brakes need to be pumped for Week 14. Carolina grades out as the fourth-hardest matchup for a tight end, so don’t be shocked when he doesn’t find the end zone this week. It’s tough to sit him, as he has three touchdowns in the past two weeks, but you may want to look elsewhere this week. Yes, it is December, and reindeer are king this time of year, but Rudolph won’t shine so bright in Week 14 (sorry … had to do it).

A Look Ahead to Week 15 … 

Blake Bortles get the easiest matchup for a quarterback when Houston comes to town in Week 15. Look, he did exploit Indianapolis for more than 300-yards passing and two touchdowns, so I’d expect a similar line here. Whomever starts for Buffalo will get Miami, who is the fourth-best matchup for a quarterback. Tyrod Taylor, get healthy! Blaine Gabbert could be serviceable, as Washington is the eighth-easiest matchup for a quarterback.

Jack Doyle … Week 15 … get right game. Denver is coming to town. Denver is the third-easiest matchup for a tight end. Ricky Seals-Jones could blow up in Week 15, as Washington is the fifth-easiest matchup for tight ends. Him and Blaine Gabbert are sneaky that week, both in season-long and daily contests. Who faces Cleveland, you ask? Well, it’s Ben Watson! If you’re feeling foggy in Week 15, Watson may be the medication you need at your tight end slot.

Best of luck to you all for Week 14. This is the ultimate do-or-die week, but I have faith in all of you to advance through the playoffs. 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!