Happy New Year, Sharks! I can’t believe the regular season has come to an end, but luckily we can still play in Playoff contests! Congratulations also to all the Buffalo Bills fans, as I know you all have been waiting for this moment for some time. I’ll go ahead and give you a quarterback and tight end who have either a good matchup or a bad one, so you know who to possibly fade in contests this week.
Drew Brees, NO (vs. Carolina)
Out of all of the teams playing in the Wild Card Round, Brees by far has the easiest matchup for a quarterback. Carolina grades out as the 3rd easiest matchup for the position, and we get to have Brees at home (albeit the splits weren’t that different like in year’s past). If you think Brees and Co. will do most of their damage on the ground, then you should look at Jared Goff. He faces Atlanta at home, and they are the 5th easiest matchup for opposing quarterbacks.
Blake Bortles, JAX (vs. Buffalo)
Bortles has looked like his normal-self lately, as he has tossed five interceptions in his past two games. Now Bortles gets the pleasure of facing Buffalo, who grade out as the hardest matchup for quarterbacks. Bortles is a complete fade for me this week.
Austin Hooper, ATL (at Los Angeles Rams)
Hooper has been hard to trust this year, but he does get a good matchup this week. The Rams are the 10th easiest matchup for a tight end, and I expect Matt Ryan to target Hooper around 6-8 times. Atlanta will need to throw more in this contest, as the Rams will put up points (possibly a ton) in this one. Travis Kelce actually has the easiest matchup for a tight end, as Tennessee grades out as the 6th best matchup for a tight end. I didn’t want to highlight Kelce, though, as he will be as chalky as it gets.
Charles Clay, BUF (at Jacksonville)
I’m not saying that Clay is a total avoid, but I do want you to be aware of how well the Jaguars play the tight end. Jacksonville grades out as the 3rd hardest matchup for the position, so expectations should be lowered. It’s tough, as Clay is heavily targeted with Tyrod Taylor under center (and he was Buffalo’s leading receiver in week 17). With LeSean McCoy injured (no idea if he plays or not yet), Jacksonville’s stout defense won’t have to put as much emphasis on the run game.
Best of luck to you all this week. Be sure to check out the Fantasy Sharks Strength of Schedule tool yourself to find good and bad matchups for any position during the playoffs. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter (Twitter Handle is below) for any questions you may have. Until next time, Sharks!