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STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Good/Bad Matchups – Week 5

Week 5 is already upon us, Sharks! The first bye week is here, so make sure you check your lineup to see what players you need to replace this week (also keep an eye on the injuries sustained by Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota). If you are 0-4 or 1-3, it is time to start making some moves, whether that is via trade or via the waiver wire. The good news is that there are plenty of quarterbacks who are performing well thus far, and several are most likely free on the waiver wire. Let’s go ahead and get straight into it, as I’ll present you with some quarterbacks and tight ends who have favorable matchups in Week 5.

Quarterbacks

Good Matchups

Jay Cutler, Miami (vs. Tennessee)

I’m really tired of talking about Cutler in this article, but he gets another great matchup against Tennessee this week. He hasn’t been able to get it done this far, but if you are desperate, Tennessee is the third easiest-matchup for a quarterback. Deshaun Watson just lit up Tennessee for four touchdowns (and one on the ground), so Cutler has some stream appeal here. If Cutler can’t get it done this week, then he will have to stay in waiver wire wasteland for the remainder of the season.

Cam Newton, Carolina (at Detroit)

People may have gotten frustrated and dumped Newton on the waiver wire, so stop what you are doing and go take a look. If they did, pick up Newton and stream him this week against Detroit. Newton looked back to his old form, as he threw for 316 yards and ran for another 44 on his way to four total touchdowns last week. Newton is an excellent play this week.

Bad Matchup

Andy Dalton, CIN (vs. Buffalo)

Dalton has been great the past two weeks, but you need to stay away from him in Week 5. One of the biggest surprises of the season has been Buffalo, and the 3-1 Bills (say what!?!?) are coming to do battle in Cincinnati. So far this year, Buffalo grades out as the fifth-hardest matchup for quarterbacks. Dalton needs to be on your bench in Week 5, but I do still believe in him for the rest of the season. Buffalo just isn’t the joke of a team we thought it was this year.

Tight Ends

Good Matchups

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets (at Cleveland)

Seferian-Jenkins was featured here last week, and needs to be mentioned again. Cleveland was just gashed by Tyler Kroft (who?) in Week 4, to the tune of 68 yards and two touchdowns. Cleveland can’t do much, and the one thing the team really can’t do is stopping a tight end (seriously, my grandmother could score on Cleveland …). Seferian-Jenkins caught all four of his targets for 46 yards, and I expect him to exceed those numbers (possibly by a wide margin) in Week 5 against lowly Cleveland.

Jared Cook, Oakland (vs. Baltimore)

Cook was a bit of a disappointment in Week 4, but he gets another great matchup in Week 5. Baltimore grades out as the fourth-easiest matchup for a tight end, so look for Cook to try and exploit that. He is downgraded a bit if Derek Carr can’t suit up this week, but E.J. Manuel did look for Cook often once he entered the game in Carr’s absence last week. This is a tough week for tight ends, so you could do far worse than Cook at the tight end position.

Bad Matchup

Eric Ebron, Detroit (vs. Carolina)

Our favorite breakout candidate needs to be on your bench this week. Ebron has had a case of the dropsies lately (well, actually his whole career), and he will have even tougher sledding against Carolina in Week 5. Carolina grades out as the fifth-hardest matchup for a tight end, so it would be wise to look elsewhere. For some reason, Charles Clay is still available in majority of leagues. If he is available in your league, please pick him up. Heck, drop Ebron for him. Charles Clay never gets any respect, but he deserves it so far this year.

A Look Ahead to Week 6…

Week 6 has some great prospects for quarterbacks. Matthew Stafford goes to do battle at New Orleans, which is the best matchup for an opposing quarterback. Make sure you have Stafford ready to rock for Week 6. Deshaun Watson may be the hottest name in football right now, and for good reason. In Week 6, Watson gets the lowly Cleveland. He has the looks of a superstar in the making, and Cleveland is a cake walk for opposing quarterbacks. Jay Cutler gets Atlanta in Week 6, but he is hard to trust right now. Let’s see how he does against Tennessee in Week 5.

The upcoming matchups for tight ends aren’t as kind as they are for quarterbacks. Ryan Griffin gets Cleveland in Week 6, although he came back to earth in Week 4, only catching two balls for 13 yards. Keep an eye on his involvement in Week 5, as you always want to play a tight end who faces Cleveland. Evan Engram gets Denver in Week 6, and Denver is plenty exploitable via that tight end (albeit the only way to exploit Denver’s defense).

That sums up this week’s edition of quarterback and tight end streamers based on strength of schedule. Remember that Atlanta, Denver, Washington and New Orleans are on a bye this week, which sucks, as there is a lot of fantasy fire power on those four teams. You can utilize the “Fantasy Sharks Strength of Schedule” tool at any time, which is located here. 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 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!