Well, injuries were prevalent once again. Every week I ask the football Gods to be kind to the players, and each week brings a slew of injuries that seem to crush the hopes of our fake and real teams. Aaron Rodgers can’t be replaced, but with streaming a quarterback in the right matchup, you can get QB1 value the rest of the season. That, Sharks, is why I’m here. We are coming to the halfway mark for our fantasy football seasons (why must time always fly by!!??!?), so the future streams for your teams is extremely important. Luckily, we have seen enough to tell what defenses are good and which one’s just aren’t. Let’s go ahead and look at some quarterbacks and tight ends with exploitable matchups in week 7.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo (vs. Tampa Bay)
Taylor gets the pleasure of going to battle against Tampa Bay this week, and they grade out as the 4th best matchup for a quarterback this year. Carson Palmer just dissected Tampa Bay’s defense to the tune of 283 yards and 3 touchdowns. Taylor may have to run more with the loss of Charles Clay, which only bolsters his appeal for streaming this week. Don’t be scared of Taylor in this great matchup.
Quarterbacks from the Cleveland-Tennessee matchup
I like Marcus Mariota if he doesn’t suffer a setback, but I won’t recommend Matt Cassel here. No way, no how. The Browns grade out as the 5th easiest matchup for a quarterback this year, so if Mariota is healthy, he is an excellent play. Kevin Hogan didn’t look good in Week 6 when he tossed three interceptions, but those struggling for a quarterback could use his services in week 7. The Titans grade out as the 3rd easiest matchup for a quarterback on the year. Hogan also has at least 30 yards rushing in each of the 2 games he’s played, which helps his floor a bit. Both QBs in this matchup (again, I’m not starting Matt Cassel or recommending him!) are gold this week.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (at Pittsburgh)
If you told me at the beginning of the season that the Steelers would be a tough matchup for a quarterback, I’d probably have laughed and scoffed at you. That being said, they have graded out as the 2nd hardest matchup for a quarterback so far this season. They just held Alex Smith and the Chiefs to one passing touchdown, which is surprising with how stellar their offense has been this year. I’d look elsewhere if there are viable options on your waiver wire.
Austin Hooper, Atlanta (at New England)
Hooper!? Look, the man had 9 targets last week, in which he caught 7 of them for 48 yards. Now he gets the Patriots, who grade out as the 4th easiest matchup for tight ends. Austin Seferian-Jenkins just scored on them in week 6 (should have been 2 touchdowns…), and I look for that trend to continue in week 7. Hooper quietly has 16 targets in his last two games played after starting the season with 3 straight games with 2 targets a piece. The targets are there, the matchup is there…so Hooper will be there for you in week 7.
Hunter Henry, L.A. Chargers (vs. Denver)
Henry needs to be unleashed. Every week it feels like the young tight end has a highlight play. This week, the Chargers face the Broncos at home. Denver grades out as the 7th easiest matchup for a tight end. Evan Engram just went off on the Broncos, to the tune of 82 yards and a touchdown. Henry went 5-90 in week 6 and 3-42-1 in week 5. Those are great lines for a tight end, and he has a chance to do even better against the Broncos. Don’t be scared of this matchup!
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (at San Francisco)
This may seem like a good matchup, but the 49ers actually grade out as the hardest matchup for a tight end. At least they know how to do one thing right! Ha, I kid, I kid. Seriously though, Witten should be on your bench this week. There isn’t any upside in this horrendous matchup. I still like Witten for the rest of the season, but NOT in Week 7. You’ve been warned.
A Look Ahead to Week 8…
Whomever is starting in Minnesota in Week 8 gets the pleasure of taking on the Cleveland Browns, who are a great matchup for a quarterback. Andy Dalton may not be a great play this week, but he does get the Colts at home. That will be a good bounce-back spot for the Red Rifle after his tough matchup in Week 7. Philip Rivers gets the Patriots in Week 8, so, yeah. You know the drill by now with quarterbacks facing New England…
Kyle Rudolph gets the lowly Browns in Week 8, so hopefully you’ve stayed patient with him for this great matchup. Hunter Henry gets back-to-back cakewalks, as he takes on New England in Week 8. Now that is a great two-week stream! The Redskins grade out as the 3rd easiest matchup for a tight end, so this is where you should feel confident playing Jason Witten! Tyler Kroft gets the Colts in Week 8, who are the 5th easiest matchup for a tight end. If all of the guys I listed before him are gone or not on your team, pick up Kroft in Week 8 and enjoy the results.
Good luck to you all in Week 7. 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!