On Monday's episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast, we talked about some players with good or bad schedules for the Fantasy playoffs, so I figured I'd go a little more in-depth here. Using FullTimeFantasy.com's rankings of the best schedules for each team from Weeks 14 through 17, which you can find here, I've highlighted the three best and worst schedules for each Fantasy position.
But just a quick word: Matchups should only matter so much. You're not sitting a superstar because of a bad matchup, and you probably aren't starting most scrubs just because of a good matchup. So, when you're talking about groups of games like this, it should really just be a tie-breaker -- don't trade a player just because he has a bad playoff schedule, and don't trade for a player for a good one.
The thing to keep in mind is -- and I know this sounds obvious -- the playoffs don't matter if you don't get there. And the championship doesn't matter if you don't win in the first round of the playoffs, and on and on down the line. Plus, you never know how things might shake out; even in the span of just a few weeks, a good matchup might suddenly look a lot worse.
So, don't take these playoff schedules as gospel. It's alright to downgrade a player with a tough set of matchups, but don't overthink it.
- Best: Eagles (BYE, WAS, NYG, @WAS), Steelers (@MIN, TEN, @KC, CLE), Cowboys (@WAS, @NYG, WAS, ARI)
- Worst: Buccaneers (BUF, NO, @CAR, @NYJ), Falcons (@CAR, @SF, DET, @BUF), Chiefs (LV, @LAC, PIT, @CIN)
This is a good example of what I'm talking about: You aren't going to sit Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes because of a less-than-ideal slate of games. But, if you wanted to move Brady for full cost -- say, you acquire Jalen Hurts plus another solid starting piece like Elijah Moore or Devonta Smith, that's a smart idea, and it could be one regardless of the schedule.
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- Best: Bills (@TB, CAR, @NE, ATL), Broncos (DET, CIN, @LV, @LAC), Saints (@NYJ, @TB, MIA, CAR)
- Worst: Patriots (BYE, @IND, BUF, JAX), Jets (NO, @MIA, JAX, TB), Falcons (@CAR, @SF, DET, @BUF)
If Javonte Williams does come out of the bye with a bigger role this week, the schedule does potentially give him runway for a league-winning finish. Don't trade for him because of that, but the combination of a potentially very favorable schedule and a possible second half breakout is enough to make him an intriguing target for trades.
- Best: Eagles (BYE, WAS, NYG, @WAS), Dolphins (NYJ, @NO, @TEN), 49ers (@CIN, ATL, @TEN, HOU)
- Worst: Buccaneers (BUF, NO, @CAR, @NYJ), Broncos (DET, CIN, @LV, @LAC), Chiefs (LV, @LAC, PIT, @CIN)
The problem for the Eagles is a Week 14 bye. If you're fighting for a playoff spot, that could prove costly. But, if you're solidly locked in, they close out the Fantasy season with two games against Washington sandwiched around a home game against the Giants. You can't really ask for better matchups than those, and it makes Hurts, Devonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert all really intriguing options if you don't need them for Week 14.
- Best: Washington (DAL, @PHI, @DAL, PHI), Browns (BAL, LV, GB, @PIT), Giants (@LAC, DAL, @PHI, @CHI)
- Worst: Falcons (@CAR, @SF, DET, @BUF), Dolphins (NYJ, @NO, @TEN), Lions (@DEN, ARI, @ATL, @SEA)
On the flip side, the Eagles have been shockingly bad against tight ends, and it isn't skewed because of a schedule stacked with high-end players. Over just the past three games, they've given up double-digit PPR point totals to Adam Trautman, Noah Fant, Albert Okwuegbunam, Stephen Anderson, and Donald Parham. Logan Thomas has struggled to get back from his hamstring injury, but he's expected to practice in Week 12 and could be back. I like him as a pickup and stash in general, but with a pair of games against both the Cowboys and Eagles to close out his Fantasy season, it's hard to imagine a much better landing spot for him.