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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 17

If you’re still reading this week, that means you probably play in a league with a Week 17 championship, so let’s get you that title! You never know what COVID will bring the NFL this week or what players will be resting for the playoffs, so you’ll need to pay close attention to the news leading all the way up to game day. For you folks who are new here, I like to inform you all about the QB2 and TE2 players who can exploit a good matchup (and those who may let you down in a bad matchup, as well). Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends who have good and bad matchups for Week 17.


Good Matchups

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota (at Detroit)

Cousins was in a tough spot against New Orleans last week, and he surprisingly did well (three touchdowns). Now he gets the pleasure of taking on Detroit, the best possible matchup for opposing quarterbacks. In Cousins’ last eight games, he only has one game in which he threw less than two touchdowns. This is a blowup spot, so Cousins can safely be streamed in Week 17.

Philip Rivers, Indianapolis (vs. Jacksonville)

Rivers has been up and down all season, but all signs point to this being an “up” game. Jacksonville’s defense just made Mitchell Trubisky look like an all-pro, which says it all. Jacksonville is the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and Rivers should have no issue getting up big on the putrid Jacksonville defense. You can trust Rivers for your Week 17 championship if you need him.

Bad Matchup

Russell Wilson, Seattle (at San Francisco)

Simply put, Wilson hasn’t been the MVP front-runner lately. In fact, he has multiple passing touchdowns in only one of his past five games. That’s not going to get you a championship, and he has a tough matchup ahead with San Francisco (third-toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks). It’s hard to bench Wilson, but I highly encourage it in Week 17.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh (at Cleveland)

Ebron saw a healthy seven targets in Week 16, and he turned that into 47 receiving yards and a touchdown. That was in a tough matchup, but this week he has the pleasure of facing Cleveland (third-best matchup for opposing tight ends). Hell, Chris Herndon just scored Cleveland, so Ebron should have no issues producing this week. You can start the veteran tight end with confidence in Week 17.

Jared Cook, New Orleans (at Carolina)

Cook hasn’t been seeing many targets. but he has been producing rather consistently despite the lack of volume. In fact, the veteran has 82 receiving yards or a touchdown in three of his last four games. Carolina is bleeding points to the tight ends position (fifth-best matchup for the position). Cook is a great play for those with a matchup in Week 17.

Bad Matchup

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia (vs. Washington)

The third-year tight end had a down game in Week 16, but Dallas is the third-toughest matchup for opposing tight ends. Washington is the worst possible matchup for opposing tight ends, so he could have another down game this week. It’s tough to sit him, but if you can, a pivot option may be a good idea in Week 17.

Best of luck to you all for 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!

About Ryan Black

Ryan is a fantasy football enthusiast who specializes in redraft and dynasty leagues. He lives in Yorktown, VA with his beautiful wife and three kids. Feel free to ask him any and everything regarding fantasy football on twitter. It's all about winning that fantasy football championship, Sharks!