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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 2

Week 1 is in the books! Whew, that was a crazy week. Hopefully if you faced Alvin Kamara, Tyreek Hill, or Ryan Fitzpatrick (come on…did you really face the latter?), you were able to withstand their performances and get that W in Week 1. Either way, we are on to Week 2. Let’s go ahead and dive into some quarterbacks and tight ends that have good or bad matchups.

Quarterbacks

Good Matchups

Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland (at New Orleans)

Ryan Fitzpatrick just devoured the Saints defense, to the tune of 453 total yards and 5 touchdowns. Let that sink in…you good? I’m still not, as I played the Saints’ defense in a lot of spots last week. Tyrod Taylor didn’t have a very good day against Pittsburgh in Week 1, but he should have a good day in Week 2. Taylor still had 77 rushing yards and a touchdown, so that’s a nice baseline to start with. Josh Gordon should have more targets this week, and we know Drew Brees and co. can put up some points. Taylor is a fine stream this week.

Ryan Tannehill, MIA (at New York Jets)

I have no idea how well Stafford did against the New York Jets (this article was written Monday before the game), but I’m assuming the Jets are still a plus matchup for QBs (currently 5th easiest). Tannehill looked competent in Week 1, completing 71.4% of his passes and throwing for 2 touchdowns. Stills may be on the verge of a breakout season (shout out to my Uncle David Smith in Florida, by the way, who sat Doug Baldwin for Kenny Stills. You, sir, are the real MVP) and the other surrounding pieces on the team are no slouches. Stream away, Sharks.

Bad Matchup

Andy Dalton, CIN (vs. Baltimore)

Baltimore just had the easiest game of their life (sorry, Buffalo fans) but they are the hardest matchup for a quarterback. Andy Dalton looked pretty good in Week 1, completing 75% of his passes and throwing for a pair of touchdowns, but the Ravens’ defense is way (emphasizing way here) better than the Colts’ defense. Pump the breaks on the Red Rifle and look elsewhere if you can.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Jared Cook, OAK (at Denver)

As stated above, I have no idea what happened in the Monday night games as of this writing. That being said, Denver’s defense has always been exploitable via the tight end. Will Dissly (I know what you’re thinking…who in the hell!?) just had a day against Denver, to the tune of 105 yards and a touchdown. Enter Jared Cook, who is an underrated tight end who is capable of having big games. He is a good mix of  a safe-floor and a high-ceiling in Week 2.

George Kittle, SF (vs. Detroit)

Ooof, was I wrong about George Kittle last week. He was a beast in Week 1, to say the least. Kittle easily paced all 49er receivers with 9 targets, which he turned into 5 receptions for 90 yards. In Week 2, Kittle gets the 4th easiest matchup for a tight end when Detroit comes to town. The handsome Jimmy G clearly loves Kittle, and you should too. Look, if he can do it against the Vikings, he can do it against anyone. Start with confidence.

Bad Matchup

O.J. Howard, TB (vs. Philadelphia)

Howard is a favorite this year, but he draws the 4th hardest matchup for a tight end when he faces the Eagles in Week 2. Yes, the Eagles weren’t really tested in Week 1 with Austin Hooper, but Tampa Bay still deploys a committee approach at tight end with Cameron Brate. Howard only drew 2 targets in the slug-fest that was Week 1, leaving me to believe that he could have tough sledding in Week 2.

A Look Ahead to Week 3…

For Week 3, play Patrick Mahomes against the 49ers, who are the 3rd easiest matchup for quarterbacks. That matchup has shootout potential written all over it. As of now, the Texans are the 2nd easiest matchup for QBS, so you can think about streaming Eli Manning if you are in a tough spot. Jared Cook gets another cake matchup in Week 3, as Miami is the easiest matchup for tight ends. Keep an eye on who fills in for Greg Olsen in Week 2, as they will play the 3rd best team for tight ends in the Bengals.

Best of luck to you all in Week 2, as nothing is better than starting your season off with a 2-0 start. 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!