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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 4

Well, Patrick Mahomes kept rolling in Week 3. I also don’t know how the Buffalo Bills went into Minnesota and walloped the Vikings. I guess I just don’t know anything, really. A friendly reminder that Washington and Carolina are on bye this week, so get any players on those two teams out of your lineups! Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends that have good and bad matchups for Week 4.


Good Matchups

Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. New Orleans)

New Orleans’ defense has not looked as stout as it did last year, to put it kindly. Enter Manning, who is fresh off of completing 86.2 percent of his passes in Week 3 against Houston (for two touchdowns and no turnovers). It never feels good starting Manning, but you could be a Jimmy Garoppolo owner who needs something, and Manning can certainly help you out this week (New Orleans is the best matchup for quarterbacks on the year). Stream away, Sharks.

Josh Allen, Buffalo (at Green Bay)

This one hurts to recommend, but I have to do it. Allen gets the third-best matchup for quarterbacks when he takes on Green Bay. Allen just had three touchdowns in Week 3 against the Minnesota defense (two of which were rushing), and he could be even better this week. Allen’s rushing ability gives him a nice baseline for fantasy purposes, as he has 97 rushing yards on the young season.

Case Keenum, Denver (vs. Kansas City)

If you can’t pull the trigger on starting Josh Allen, give Case Keenum a look. I know, it’s ugly, as he has more interceptions on the season than touchdowns. That being said, he does get the second-best matchup for quarterbacks when he takes on Kansas City in Denver in a nationally broadcast game on Monday Night Football.

Bad Matchup

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay (at Chicago)

As I stated above, I have no idea how Fitzpatrick fared against Pittsburgh in week 3 as of this writing. What I do know is that the Chicago defense has been awesome thus far, as it is the fourth-hardest matchup for a quarterback. Khalil Mack has been nothing short of spectacular (seriously, Oakland, what the hell were you thinking!?), and he can give Fitzpatrick fits (or Fitz … haha … see what I did there? Okay, moving along) in this contest. We are all excited about how Tampa Bay’s season has started, but we should lower expectations in Week 4.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Austin Hooper, Atlanta (vs. Cincinnati)

Hooper was a sit for me in this article last week, and that was actually the right call (23 scoreless receiving yards, although he did catch a two-point conversion). Forget about last week, though, as he gets the second-easiest matchup for tight ends in Week 4 when Atlanta takes on Cincinnati. Atlanta should be firing on all cylinders after its heartbreaking loss to New Orleans in Week 3 (what a game, though), so look for this game to be a high-scoring affair. Hooper is a good stream this week, and I stand by that endorsement.

Eric Ebron, Indianapolis (vs. Houston)

Ebron was a huge letdown with Jack Doyle out in Week 3 against Philadelphia, but maybe we should put our faith back into him this week (I know, it’s tough to keep faith with Ebron). Doyle isn’t guaranteed to suit up in Week 4, and he gets the third-easiest matchup for tight ends when he faces Houston. There was a glimmer of hope from the Week 3 letdown, as Ebron led all of the Indianapolis receivers with 11 targets. So, yeah, there’s that. I’m looking for a bounce-back game from Ebron this week, don’t shy away from him if you don’t have other good options at the tight end position.

Bad Matchup

Jared Cook, Oakland (vs. Cleveland)

Cook was a letdown in Week 3 (in a plus matchup against Denver), as he only had five receptions for 31 yards. I don’t see it getting much better in Week 4, as Cleveland’s defense is much improved, and is also the sixth-hardest matchup for tight ends. I can still see Cook receiving 5-7 targets, but I’m expecting another 30-40 scoreless yard game from the perennial hype machine. Sit him if you can.

A Look Ahead to Week 5…

For Week 5, Alex Smith comes back from his bye to face the best matchup for quarterbacks in New Orleans. He will be a strong start in this contest. Blake Bortles looked abysmal in Week 3 against Tennessee, but he will be in a great spot when he travels to Kansas City in Week 5. Will Dissly only had one catch in Week 3, but he could shine in Week 5 when he faces the best matchup for tight ends (Los Angeles Rams). Eric Ebron gets another great matchup in Week 5, as Green Bay is the fourth-best matchup for tight ends (he will be a good stream with or without Jack Doyle in the lineup).

Best of luck to you all in Week 4. The season is still young, so be aggressive when it comes to streaming (if you need to stream, that is). 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!