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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 3

Week 2 is in the books, and we once again had some injuries that could affect our teams. It appears as if Greg Olsen has broken his foot, so he is out indefinitely (this stinks … Olsen hadn’t missed a game since his rookie season). Rob Gronkowski also had to leave the game, but it’s not looking to be a serious injury. Jordan Reed and Jimmy Graham also were injured, but they both returned. Continue to monitor these closely, as you may need to revert to Plan B. That’s where I come in. Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends with exploitable matchups for week 3.


Good Matchups

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (at Green Bay)

Yes, Dalton has looked ABYSMAL through the first two weeks. He has yet to throw a touchdown, thus leaving his owners who drafted him late extremely disappointed. Fear no more, Sharks, as Dalton heads to Green Bay this week (and Cincinnati fired its offensive coordinator following its Week 2 loss). Through the first two weeks, Green Bay is the third-easiest matchup for a quarterback. This should be a get right week for Cincinnati, so don’t be surprised when Dalton puts a up Top 12 numbers.

Jay Cutler, Miami (at New York Jets)

As mentioned in the previous two articles, Cutler has a cupcake matchup against a New York Jets defense that was just ripped apart by Derek Carr. He showed great chemistry in Week 2 with Miami’s receivers, and I look for that to continue this week. The Jets grade out as the seventh-easiest matchup for quarterbacks, so look Cutler’s way if you have a quarterback who has failed you thus far through the young season.

Bad Matchups

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo (vs. Denver)

Tyrod Taylor hasn’t shown us much so far, and I look for that to continue this week. Yes, the man can run, but there is no way he is going to light up the stat sheet in the no-fly zone. Denver grades out as the fourth-hardest matchup for quarterbacks, so Taylor should be on your bench (or waiver wire). Again, this is not the week to stream Taylor. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so!

 Tight End

Good Matchups

Julius Thomas, Miami (at New York Jets)

I’m loving the combo of Cutler and Thomas this week. The Jets grade out as the second-easiest matchup for tight ends thus far, so you know what that means. Look for Miami coach Adam Gase to recognize this and call plays for Thomas to excel. Yes, he was only targeted three times in Week 2, but he did catch all three of those targets. Don’t be shocked when you see that Thomas found the end zone (maybe even twice … just saying) in Week 3.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis (vs. Cleveland)

Oh, how the tides have turned. Doyle looked to be the favorite target for Jacoby Brissett in Week 2, as he found the breakout candidate for eight receptions to the tune of 79 yards. Andrew Luck isn’t going to play, so look for the chemistry to continue this week. Cleveland grades out as the third-easiest matchup for tight ends, so Doyle should keep the ball rolling. Doyle rules! No? Not a Billy Madison fan? Ah, come on! Either way, start Doyle if you find yourself in a bind at the position this week.

Bad Matchups

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota (vs. Tampa Bay)

The red-nosed wonder should be on your bench this week, even if Sam Bradford can suit up. Tampa Bay grades out as the second-hardest matchup for tight ends, so you may want to look elsewhere this week. This especially holds true if Case Keenum gets the start, as the entire Minnesota offense was horrid with him under center. Better weeks are ahead for the Rudolph the reindeer, but Week 3 is not one of them.

 A Look Ahead

Jay Cutler, QB, Miami

I can’t quit Cutler! Look, he gets New Orleans in Week 4 and follows that up with Tennessee in Week 5, which are both GREAT matchups for quarterbacks. I know you’re tired of me bringing him up, but the matchups are gold for Cutler … this week … next week … the week after. Just pick him up already! You won’t be disappointed.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets

The hype will never letdown for the career underachiever. He was suspended this first two weeks of the season, but he returns this week. The Jets are in desperate need of a playmaker, and Seferian-Jenkins just may be what the doctor ordered. Keep an eye on his target share this week. If he is looked at often, he has plus matchups against Jacksonville (Week 4) and Cleveland (Week 5) coming up. He has been receiving rave reviews from the coaching staff, so he may finally live up to the hype. If you have a burner spot on your bench, this would be a good time to pick up the Jets tight end.

As always, feel free to give me a shout on Twitter for anything and everything this week. 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!