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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 15

If you’re reading this, I assume you have made it through Week 14 with a victory. There are some good streaming options available in Week 15 if you are still streaming this deep into the season (I know I am). Let’s go ahead and look at the quarterbacks and tight ends with exploitable matchups in Week 15.

Quarterbacks

Good Matchups

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville (vs. Houston)

Believe it or not, but Bortles has quietly been a fantasy stud as of late. Bortles has the pleasure of facing of Houston in Week 15, the easiest matchup for a quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo just threw for 334 yards and 10.1 yards per attempt against the lowly Houston secondary. Bortles averaged 9.9 yards per attempt in a more difficult matchup with Seattle in Week 14, so it’s easy to see a path to success for Bortles in Week 15. Seriously, he is clearly a QB1 this week.

Nick Foles, Philadelphia (at New York Giants)

Ugh … Carson Wentz … hoping the best for you. We will see Nick Foles back in action in Week 15, and he does have a good matchup, as the Giants are the fifth-easiest matchup for quarterbacks. Dak Prescott had looked abysmal lately, but the lowly Giants made him look like a stud, as he threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns (at 11.1 yards per attempt …). Foles does have some good weapons at his disposal, so if you’re in a bind for Week 15 (and Blake Bortles isn’t available to you …), Foles could be of service.

Bad Matchup

Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. Philadelphia) 

You may be tempted to use Manning as a streamer this week due to the fact that this could be a high-scoring contest, but I don’t think that’s the case. Philadelphia grades out as the second-hardest matchup for quarterbacks, so Manning needs to be left on your waiver wire. Dallas was a much less imposing matchup and Manning could only throw for one touchdown and two interceptions. Stay far away from Manning in Week 15.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Ben Watson, Baltimore (at Cleveland)

Yes, Watson was held without a catch in Week 14 against Pittsburgh, but he has a much better matchup for Week 15. Cleveland grades out as the fifth-easiest matchup for a tight end, so look for Joe Flacco to look to exploit this. Watson scored in Week 13 against Detroit, so look for him to get back on track this week. It’s tough to trust a guy coming off a game with zero catches, but I truly believe Watson will be a fine stream in Week 15.

Jason Witten, Dallas (at Oakland)

Witten made his one catch count in Week 14, as he took a 20-yard reception for a touchdown. He gets yet another good matchup in Week 15, as Oakland grades out as the seventh-easiest matchup for a tight end. Dallas’s playoff hopes are still alive and well, so Dak Prescott could look Witten’s way much more this week. In Week 14, Travis Kelce could have had a MUCH bigger day against Oakland, as he narrowly missed three touchdowns in that contest (yes, three touchdowns …). Witten should eat in Week 15.

Bad Matchup

Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati (at Minnesota) 

Kroft has been everyone’s favorite tight end streamer this year, but Week 15 is not the time to stream him. Cincinnati will go to battle with Minnesota this week, and Minnesota grades out as the third-hardest matchup for a tight end. Minnesota just held all (Greg Olsen included) Carolina tight ends to one catch in Week 14. Also, Kroft only received one target in Week 14 against Chicago, and he couldn’t even reel that in. Keep Kroft on your bench for Week 15.

A Look Ahead to Week 16 …

Case Keenum gets a lovely Week 16 matchup against Green Bay, the third-easiest matchup for a quarterback. Andy Dalton faces the porous Detroit defense, who grades out as the fourth-easiest matchup for a quarterback. Blaine Gabbert will have the luxury of facing the New York Giants, the fifth-easiest matchup for a quarterback.

Vernon Davis has been very frustrating lately, but he does have a get-right game in Week 16 when Denver (easiest matchup for a tight end) comes to town. Adam Shaheen had a great game in Week 14 (four catches, 44 yards, TD), and he could have another in Week 16 when Cleveland rolls into town. Ricky Seals-Jones gets the gift that keeps on giving, as Arizona faces the New York Giants in Week 16.

That’s a wrap, folks. Good luck to all of you in Week 15. Hopefully you will be back next week for streamers while you are battling for a championship in Week 16. 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!