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2017 Fantasy Football Positional Strength of Schedule

Fantasy football strength of schedule cheat sheet

One of the most important tools in any fantasy football owner’s draft tool kit is a strength of schedule cheat sheet. Not only is it a crucial tool when it comes to comparing players on draft day, but it can help you build your strategy heading into draft day.

If you draft in the back half of your league’s draft, a quick look at the rankings can help you decide between targeting Mike Evans or Amari Cooper. Evans will play the 3rd easiest wide receiver schedule this season, while Cooper faces the 29th toughest schedule.

Obviously these rankings are somewhat sorted by division, and you can certainly use that to your advantage. Rather than trying to memorize what teams have the easiest 2017 schedule, you can simply remember what divisions you should target.

TEAMQBRBWRTEKDEFDLLBDBPRKR
MIN1522318929729
NO215611273631121110
CAR31422519725644
CHI4756252723193123
TB5163143125321018
ATL6248203101830181527
BAL79221112432141755
GB81816430231920141017
DET92210197161028131
SEA1017128642244226
BUF1162731415215291616
PIT12291810291427216612
NYJ13325151220201128721
NE14224174111518321720
HOU15211124159243232824
JAX168152513286192611
NYG1719132132251322132528
ARI18149262051217321125
TEN194202316725126202
DEN201128593030424319
CIN211321162317269221313
CLE222326121713291020187
SF2332732191112692922
DAL24121427242132322414
MIA2520123112242152115
PHI2625199818127152731
LAR2726308283128730829
LAC2827317263231831930
IND292823302261413211923
WAS303117291028171683126
OAK3130291818261612273032
KC3210321321292215251418

 

How We Come Up With Our Strength of Schedule Rankings

To come up with our strength of schedule rankings, we first take the time to power rank all 32 defenses vs each position, then go through every game on each team’s schedule and assign a score to it.

In addition to our own research and rankings, we create a consensus ranking from various website’s and experts such as NumberFire, FantasyPro’s, ESPN, etc… These consensus rankings are compared to our rankings to see if there are any glaring differences that we should address.

In the end, I think we have the most accurate strength of schedule cheat sheet in the industry. It can be sorted by each position, and allows you to view each teams SOS vs for every position on offense, defense, and special teams.

Notes From Our Strength of Schedule Cheat Sheet

There will be points in the NFC North. It would make sense that the Vikings have one of the easiest pass schedules in the league. The face the Lions, Packers, and Bears twice, while each of those teams has to face Minnesota’s stingy pass defense twice. Will Bradford take another step forward this season, and will his offensive line give him enough time to take advantage of skilled receivers on the outside?

This could be a big season for Christian McCaffrey. Not only do the Panthers play our easiest schedule against the run, but they play one of our easiest schedules overall. While a team like the Falcons don’t give a ton of rushing yards to opposing backs, they were shredded by pass catching backs last season.

Jeremy Maclin’s fantasy value just skyrocketed. The Chiefs utilize their receivers less than any team in the NFL, and it took all sorts of crazy gimmicks for Tyreek Hill to have the sort of season he had last year. Maclin would have really struggled in the Chiefs system, with Alex Smith at QB, playing the 32nd ranked schedule against the pass.

Slow your role Raider nation. The Raiders have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL, but they will need to be otherworldly to survive this schedule. Not only does Oakland play one of the three hardest schedules against both the run and pass, but they face a bunch of good offenses as well. If they find themselves in shootouts against good defenses, this will likely not be the return to football Marshawn Lynch was hoping for.

Who will be Baltimore’s number one tight end? If, let’s say for instance, Maxx Williams looks great this preseason and is able to separate himself as the clear starter in Baltimore. There is a good chance he ends up a top 10 tight end by year’s end. The Ravens play the 7th easiest QB schedule, and easiest TE schedule in the league, and Dennis Pitta was 3rd in the NFL in TE targets last season.

We will continue to get a clearer idea of just how some of these defenses changed throughout the offseason as we see rookies and free agents get preseason action. Additionally, we should get an idea of how coaching and scheme changes affected defenses this offseason. Keep an eye on these rankings as the offseason and preseason unfold.

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