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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 3

Too many injuries was the story for Week 2. Just brutal, but we still must move forward to Week 3. 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 3.


Good Matchups

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland (vs. Washington)

Baker looked pretty decent last Thursday, but that was against the hapless Bengals. That being said, he gets the 2nd best matchup for opposing quarterbacks when he faces Washington this week. I’m hoping that last week was a sign of things to come, as he tossed 2 touchdowns and completed 70% of his passes. Go ahead and stream Baker with confidence in Week 3.

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville (vs. Miami)

Don’t look now, but Minshew has six touchdowns in two games. The good news here is that his domination should continue, as he faces the easiest possible matchup when he faces Miami. Minshew is out on a mission this year, and he should have no issues in Week 3. Minshew is a QB1 play this week, without a doubt.

Bad Matchup

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston (at Pittsburgh)

Watson is an every-week starter, but expectations need to be tempered here. He has to face Pittsburgh, and they are the 2nd toughest matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Like I said, you’re not benching him, but I do like Gardner Minshew more than Watson in Week 3.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington (at Cleveland)

Thomas disappointed in Week 2, but he should have a rebound game this week. Cleveland is the best possible matchup for opposing tight ends, and you saw the Bengals’ tight ends ravish them in Week 2. Thomas is a low-end starter in all formats in Week 3.

Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland (vs. Washington)

On the other side of the ball, look for Hooper to also do some work. Washington is the 2nd best matchup for opposing tight ends. Hooper hasn’t done much on the year, but he nearly had a touchdown in Week 2. Look for Hooper to have his Browns breakout game in Week 3.

Bad Matchup

Noah Fant, TE, Denver (vs. Tampa Bay)

Fant has been a beast so far on the season, as he is the leading receiver for the Broncos and has scored in both games so far. That being said, he does have to face Tampa Bay, and they are the 2nd toughest matchup for opposing tight ends. It’s hard to bench someone that has been so hot, but you may want to look for other options in Week 3 given the difficult matchup.


Best of luck to you all in Week 3. 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!