Congratulations to those of you who won your championship(s) last week. That being said, some folks are still playing in week 17. This format is going to be a bit different than usual, but will still help all of my streaming Sharks out there. Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends that have good and bad matchups for week 17.
Derek Carr was not exactly lighting the world on fire on Christmas Eve, but at least he didn’t turn the ball over. He will have to throw a ton in week 17, though, as Kansas City is knocking on the door this week. They are the 3rd best matchup for opposing quarterbacks on the year, but Carr still has a low-floor (albeit a high-ceiling, as well). Josh Johnson hasn’t been a great quarterback in real-life or for fantasy purposes, but he does get the 4th best matchup this week when he faces the Eagles. Josh Allen should bounce-back against Miami, who is the 6th best matchup for quarterbacks. I’d rank them Allen-Carr-Johnson, with Johnson being the most of extreme desperation plays.
Do not stream Ryan Tannehill this week, as Buffalo is the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. I don’t have faith in Kirk Cousins or Mitchell Trubisky this week in a very important matchup for Minnesota. They both field the 2nd and 3rd hardest defenses for quarterbacks, so you may want to look elsewhere (I like Josh Allen better this week than both of them) in week 17.
Antonio Gates gets the 3rd best matchup for opposing tight ends, but he is a hail-mary if there ever was one. Jason Croom had 6 targets last week (Buffalo tight end…) and he gets the 6th best matchup for opposing tight ends in Miami. Yes, these are both very deep league plays, but you basically know who you are starting at the tight end position by now.
I hope you aren’t relying on Trey Burton this week, as Minnesota is the 2nd toughest matchup for tight ends. Burton has been the most boom-or-bust tight end on the year, so expect a bust this week. Kyle Rudolph went bonkers in week 16, but Chicago is the 4th toughest matchup for tight ends. Rudolph has quietly been a bust this year.
Best of luck to you all in week 17. 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!