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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 2

It felt so good to watch football again, didn’t it? Aaron Rodgers made me and the Minnesota defense look bad, but that’s just the nature of the game. For you folks who are new here, I like to inform you all about the QB2 and TE2 players whom can exploit a good matchup (and those that 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 2.


Good Matchups

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago (vs. New York Giants)

Mitchell Trubisky surprised me in Week 1, as he tossed three touchdowns and had no turnovers. Needless to say, he has held Nick Foles off for yet another week. As of this writing, I have no idea how the Giants defense did against Pittsburgh on Monday night. That being said, the Giants are the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks, so Trubisky can be a serviceable streamer in Week 2. Go ahead and use him if you need him.

Dwayne Haskins, Washington (at Arizona)

This is for those deep leagues and two-quarterback formats. Haskins was not great in Week 1, but he did not turn the ball over and rushed the ball seven times. Enter Arizona, who is the eighth-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Washington’s defense is much improved (which was evident in Week 1 against Philadelphia), but Arizona should be a tougher test than Philadelphia. I expect Haskins to have to do more all around in this contest, so don’t be scared off of the sophomore signal caller in Week 2.

Bad Matchup

Deshaun Watson, Houston (vs. Baltimore)

You can’t sit him, but you need to temper expectations if you are playing Watson in Week 2. Baltimore is the toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and that was on full display in Week 1. Watson also did all of his damage against Kansas City in garbage time in Week 1, which makes me nervous here. Watson will be fine, just don’t expect a huge bounce back game this week.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati (at Cleveland)

Uzomah seems like an off the wall pick, but that really isn’t the case. He was second on Cincinnati in receiving (with only 45 yards, but still …) in Week 1, showing that he can produce with the rookie under center. Uzomah did show bright spots last year, and he gets the fourth-best matchup for tight ends in Week 2 (Cleveland). There isn’t a bunch of upside here, but he is one of those safe streamers this week who won’t wreck your Week 2 matchup.

Logan Thomas, Washington (at Arizona)

I mentioned that I’d feature Thomas in Week 2 last week, and here we are. He actually led all Washington receivers in targets in Week 1 (eight), which led to 37 yards and a touchdown. Now he gets to face Arizona, the fifth-best matchup for tight ends. He has more upside than Uzomah, albeit a lower floor. Give Thomas a look if you need some upside at tight end this week.

Bad Matchup

T.J. Hockenson, Detroit (at Green Bay)

Hockenson had a great Week 1, as he secured all five of his targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. Expectations need to be lowered for Week 2, though, as Green Bay is the second-toughest matchup for opposing tight ends. If Kenny Golladay is still out, Detroit may need to lean on the sophomore a little more than usual, so there is that. Still, this could be a tough go for Hockenson.

A Look Ahead to Week 3 …

Gardner Minshew only had one incompletion in Week 1, and he could be a stud when he faces Miami in Week 3 (best possible matchup for quarterbacks). Jimmy Garoppolo could be a decent stream in Week 3, as he gets the second-best matchup for opposing quarterbacks (New York Giants). Eric Ebron could be in for a big Week 3, as Houston is the third-best matchup for tight ends. Logan Thomas can once again be useful in Week 3, as Cleveland is the third-best matchup for tight ends.

Best of luck to you all in Week 2. 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!