We made it! Football is here, and I’m sure everyone reading this is beyond excited for the NFL season to begin this Thursday. Now it’s time to start thinking about your starting lineups. Each Tuesday I will present the Sharks with some players with good matchups and players with bad matchups. Mainly focusing on quarterbacks and tight ends, as those are the positions in which you can stream (shout out to all the streamers out there. It adds an extra fun element to this little thing we call fantasy football.) Let’s get to it!
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (@Detroit)
I’ll start off with my favorite streamer for week one. Palmer is going to do battle against the Detroit Lions this Sunday. Detroit is the 5th most favorable matchup for quarterbacks, so look for Palmer to exploit that. With John Brown healthy, Palmer is loaded with weapons around him. Don’t be shocked when Palmer turns in a Top-10 finish this week.
Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings (vs. New Orleans)
Go ahead and laugh, but Bradford gets the New Orleans Saints at home this week, who are the most favorable matchup for a quarterback. Bradford also has a better arsenal at his disposable then you may think. Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, and Dalvin Cook are all playmakers who can help Bradford exploit the paltry New Orleans defense. Stream away.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. Arizona)
On the flipside, we have Stafford going up against a stingy Arizona Cardinal defense. Arizona grades out as the second worst matchup for quarterbacks, so you must temper expectations for Stafford and the Lions pass catchers. I’d rather start the two QBS listed above than Matthew Stafford this week.
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons (@Chicago)
A pick by many experts to breakout this season, Hooper will go up against the Chicago Bears this Sunday. Chicago grades out as the third easiest matchup for opposing tight ends, so look for Matt Ryan to recognize this and exploit it. This could be a big Week 1 for Hooper, so don’t be scared to roll him into your starting lineups.
Evan Engram, New York Giants (@Dallas)
I know, rookie tight ends never do anything. This may be true; however, Engram will be playing the Dallas Cowboys, who grade out as the easiest matchup for tight ends. Eli Manning and Evan Engram showed good chemistry in the preseason, and that will continue Week 1 against Dallas. Don’t shy away from the rookie!
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints (@Minnesota)
The popular bounce-back candidate needs to be on your bench, as Fleener faces the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. Minnesota grades out as the second hardest matchup for opposing tight ends, so don’t be surprised when Fleener puts up a dud this week!
A Look Ahead
Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins (@L.A. Chargers)
Gets the L.A. Chargers in Week 2, who grade out as the second easiest matchup for quarterbacks. Look for the gun-slinger to have a solid Week 2.
Cameron Brate , TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Bears)
Gets the Chicago Bears in Week 2, who grade out as the third easiest matchup for tight ends. Get last year’s breakout tight end ready for a Week 2 stream!
As always, feel free to ask me anything and everything on Twitter. Good luck this week to all of you. Until next time, Sharks!