Ah, bye week hell Part 2! We are going to be without more fantasy power than last week, so buckle up. We are without all players from Chicago, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh. You’re going to need to stop what you’re doing and check your lineups for any players from the teams I just stated. This week will be extremely tough to navigate for lineup decisions, but you can still succeed! Let’s jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends with matchups that can be exploited.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (at Tennessee)
This call only stands if Flacco can get cleared in time (I think he will …) as I will not recommend Ryan Mallett. That being said, Baltimore gets to go to Tennessee to face off against Tennessee’s porous pass defense. Flacco looked very good last Thursday before exiting the game, as he was 10-for-15 for 101 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Maclin finally looked healthy and he should have Mike Wallace back at his disposal as well. Add in the fact that the run game finally got going and you have a recipe for success. Again, if Flacco plays, he is a solid stream in Week 9.
Trevor Siemian, Denver (at Philadelphia)
As of this writing (Monday afternoon) I’m not sure how Siemian fared in prime time against the third-easiest matchup for a quarterback (Kansas City). That being said, he does get yet another great matchup in Week 9, as Philadelphia grades out as the fourth-easiest matchup for a quarterback on the season. I know San Francisco couldn’t get it done in its Week 8 tilt against Philadelphia, but you can just throw that game out. This is still a good spot for the Denver passing attack and you should look to exploit it during this bye week hell. Keep in mind that Emmanuel Sanders could be back for this game as well, which only bolsters Siemian’s value.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (at Jacksonville)
Dalton was featured in the “Good Matchup” section of this article last week, but he has a DREADFUL matchup for Week 9. Cincinnati will head to Jacksonville to take on the Jacksonville pass defense which grades out as the hardest matchup for a quarterback. Dalton looked OK (not great) against the paltry Indianapolis pass defense, so I have zero confidence that he can get it done against Jacksonville, who will be well rested and ready. You need to park Dalton squarely on your bench. Yes, I’d rather stream Joe Flacco or Trevor Siemian in Week 9.
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (at New York Giants)
Look … it’s bye week hell, folks! Talking about Higbee makes my stomach very uneasy, but it is what it is. The Giants have given up eight touchdowns to the tight end position in seven games. It’s a trend … or it’s just natural now. A tight end will score in Week 9 against them, too. Tyler Higbee, step right up! This matchup is the easiest matchup possible for a tight end, so Jared Goff should know this and exploit it. Yes, I’m telling you to stream Tyler “freaking” Higbee.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis (at Houston)
Doyle gets the eighth-easiest matchup for a tight end when Indianapolis travels to Houston in Week 9. Did you see what Doyle just did to Cincinnati, who was the fourth-hardest matchup for a tight end? Well, Doyle ran all over Cincinnati, to the tune of 12 receptions (on 14 targets) for 121 yards and a touchdown. That’s Rob Gronkowski status right there, Sharks. Jacoby Brissett has made Doyle his favorite target, which means he needs to be in your starting lineup this week. Houston can rack up the points (and then some), so Brissett will have to throw a ton in this contest.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay (at New Orleans)
Brate has been fantastic this season, and that’s with Jameis Winston being more cold than hot on the year. You should, however, temper expectations for his Week 9 contest. New Orleans grades out as the 10th-hardest matchup for a tight end on the season. The New Orleans defense has been much better of late, and it is showing. The way to attack its defense is on the ground (like Chicago and Jordan Howard did in Week 8), and Tampa Bay should (I’ll emphasize “should” here) try to exploit their defense that way with Doug Martin.
A Look Ahead to Week 10 …
Trevor Siemian gets yet another golden matchup in Week 10, as he gets the best possible matchup for a quarterback in Week 10 when New England comes to town. Eli Manning gets the second easiest matchup for a quarterback, when he and the New York Giants travel to face off against San Francisco. Josh McCown has been surprisingly very good as of late, and he will keep that going in Week 10. Josh McCown travels to Tampa Bay, who grade out as the fifth-easiest matchup for a quarterback. He really should be owned everywhere at this point, as he has thrown at least two touchdowns in each of his past four games.
I know what you’re thinking … who gets the pleasure of facing the New York Giants in Week 10? George Kittle! Kittle has regressed a lot lately, but Week 10 should be a get right game for the promising rookie. Eric Ebron (or Darren Fells if this trade talk actually comes to fruition …) gets the sixth-easiest matchup for a tight end in Week 10, as Detroit will go to battle with daunting (I kid, I kid) Cleveland. On the flip side of that game, Detroit grades out as the seventh-easiest matchup for a tight end. So if David Njoku can actually catch the ball when it is thrown his way, he will be a solid stream for Week 10.
Good luck to you all in Week 9 (ugh … where did the time go?). 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!