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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 3

Apparently, Patrick Mahomes and Ryan Fitzpatrick are a thing. A serious thing, folks. Godspeed if you faced them yet again in Week 2. That being said, the season is still young and you can still bounce back (if need be … you probably don’t, since you come to this awesome website). Let’s dive into some quarterbacks and tight ends who have good and bad matchups for Week 3.


Good Matchups

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay (vs. Pittsburgh)

Ryan Fitzpatrick just keeps on going, doesn’t he? Jameis Winston doesn’t stand a chance to start when he comes back. Anyway, now Fitzpatrick gets the pleasure of facing the Pittsburgh defense, who are the second-easiest matchup for quarterbacks this year. Either way, the bearded Harvard graduate has nine touchdowns through Week 2 (if you saw this coming, please send me your lottery number picks). Stay in the flames, Sharks.

Alex Smith, Washington (vs. Green Bay)

To be completely candid, I am a Washington fan. Last week’s loss to Indianapolis really hurt, but we must move on. Smith looks like a prime bounce-back candidate, as he gets the easiest matchup for a quarterback when Green Bay rolls into town. Hobbled or not, Aaron Rodgers will put up points on the Washington defense. Give Smith another look in this spot if you’re struggling with who to play for your quarterback slot in Week 3.

Bad Matchup

Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (at Los Angeles Rams)

I get that the Rams defense hasn’t had a tough test yet regarding opposing quarterbacks, but hear me out. Derek Carr (who faced the Rams in Week 1), just looked phenomenal against the daunted Denver defense in Week 2 (90.6 percent completion percentage with no turnovers), and the Rams are the sixth-hardest matchup for a quarterback so far this year). I won’t even mention the catastrophe that is Arizona, so let’s move on. Rivers has been lights out thus far this season, as he has a 119.6 quarterback rating through two weeks. I’m just here to tell you to pump the brakes, that’s all. The Rams are among the toughest matchups in the league, and the first real test for the Chargers.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Jared Cook, Oakland (at Miami)

Cook was quite the disappointment in Week 2 after his Week 1, 180-yard explosion. That being said, maybe you shouldn’t bench or drop him just yet. Miami is the second-easiest matchup for tight ends, so put your faith back into the oft-hyped tight end. Week 2 wasn’t all bad, as he did catch all four of his targets for 49 yards. Give him another week. But if he falters this week, then maybe you drop him.

Ian Thomas, Carolina (vs. Cincinnati)

This is a deep dive, folks. Thomas only had three targets in Week 2, but I could see that expanding in Week 3. Cincinnati is the easiest matchup thus far for tight ends, and it has been rolling on the offensive side of the ball. You know what that means, right? You get it, as this could be a shootout. If you’re really in a pinch, just give Thomas some thought (the other easier matchups for tight ends are all layups, so here we are!).

Bad Matchup

Austin Hooper, Atlanta (vs. New Orleans)

You may be tempted to start Hooper after his Week 2 performance (5 catches, 59 yards, TD), but let’s pause for just a second. New Orleans is the second-hardest matchup for a tight end so far on the year, and I can see that trend continuing in Week 3. It’s not like New Orleans has faced slouches at the position, either (O.J. Howard, David Njoku, Cameron Brate … OK, maybe not Brate but you get the gist). Just look elsewhere if you’re feeling Hooper this week.

A Look Ahead to Week 4 …

For Week 4, Josh Allen has the best matchup for quarterbacks when he faces Green Bay. Okay, that’s if you’re REALLY desperate, but I still had to let you know. Joe Flacco hasn’t been that bad this year, and he gets the hapless Pittsburgh pass defense in week 4. A sneaky daily fantasy stack of Flacco/John Brown sounds nice. Maybe (just maybe) Austin Hooper bounces back in Week 4, when the easiest matchup for tight ends comes to town (Cincinnati). Rob Gronkowski gets the second-easiest matchup for tight ends when he faces Miami … hahaha … just kidding (well, not really, but he doesn’t need to be mentioned). Maybe Eric Ebron keeps it going in Week 4, when he faces the fourth-easiest matchup for a tight end in Houston.

Best of luck to you all in Week 3. Don’t panic if you’re 0-2, as I’ve seen plenty of teams bounce back from worse. 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!