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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 17

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! If you’re still playing this week, then good for you! Fantasy football is fun, so good for you still being able to play the game we all know and love. Let’s take a look at some quarterbacks and tight ends with exploitable matchups in Week 17.


Good Matchups

Jacoby Brissett, IND (vs. Houston)

Look, I know that Brissett didn’t look good against Baltimore in Week 16, but they are firing on all cylinders right now. Brissett’s Week 17 matchup is much less imposing, as Houston grades out as the fourth-easiest matchup for a quarterback. I like the majority of the Colts in this contest, and you should too. Brissett and T.Y. Hilton are a sneaky good stack in DFS too.

Tyrod Taylor, BUF (at Miami)

Like Brissett in Week 16, Taylor also didn’t look great against New England. Again though, New England is a tough matchup for quarterbacks these days. Don’t fear Sharks, as Taylor gets the sixth-easiest matchup in Week 17 when he faces Miami. Look for Taylor to bounce-back in a big way in Week 17, as he will be playing for a new contract in 2018.

Bad Matchup

Derek Carr, OAK (at Los Angeles Chargers)

Carr has been a huge bust this season, but people still seem to have faith in him for fantasy. Please don’t do it this week, as the Chargers are the fourth-toughest matchup for a quarterback. Seriously, this is just not Carr’s year, folks. Hopefully he can bounce-back next year, but stay away in Week 17.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Vernon Davis, WAS (at New York Giants)

Davis has been cold as of late, but he did catch a touchdown pass against Denver in Week 16. Also, Kirk Cousins will be playing his hardest, as he is playing for a contract. It’s no secret that the Giants can’t cover the tight end position, as they grade out as the easiest matchup for a tight end. Fire up Davis anywhere and everywhere.

Charles Clay, BUF (at Miami)

As I mentioned in last week’s article, Clay was going to have trouble in Week 16 against New England. There was a silver-lining though, as he did lead all Buffalo receivers with a whopping 10 targets. Now Clay gets to close the season out with a date with his ex-team, and Miami is the fourth-easiest matchup for a tight end. Clay is a great play in Week 17.

Bad Matchup

Jason Witten, DAL (at Philadelphia)

The Cowboys just don’t look right, and that sadly means you should stay away from Witten this week. Witten gets to face the Eagles in Week 17, and they are the fifth-hardest matchup for a tight end. I’d much rather play Davis or Clay (mentioned above) over Witten to close out the season.

I can’t believe the regular season is coming to an end. Ugh…it’s just so bittersweet. This article will continue for the playoffs, but it will be different. You can always utilize the Fantasy Sharks Strength of Schedule tool yourself to find good and bad matchups for any position. As always, hit me up on Twitter (Twitter handle is below) for any questions or concerns you may have. 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!