2018 Positional Strength of Schedule Rankings
Note: Cheat sheet is sortable by position or alphabetical by team.
Fantasy Football Positional Strength of Schedule FAQ’s
How do you create these rankings?
While the majority of our fantasy football resources are hand-crafted, these rankings are based purely off of last season’s FPPG allowed data. It’s our opinion that people doing this sort of research are more interested in ‘what we know’ vs ‘what we think’. If you want to know what we think of an individual team or player’s schedule, just go look at our player rankings. These SOS rankings give you an idea of how favorable a team’s schedule is based off of their oponent’s data from last season.
Does not adjusting for offseason moves flaw this data?
Not in our opinion, simply because we don’t know for certain how moves will impact a team’s performance. For instance, when Atlanta made Dan Quinn their coach, along with several defensive free agent signings, many experts expected the Falcons defense to immediately improve. They were by far the best RB matchup from wire to wire that season. Simply put, it’s better to base SOS off fact rather than opinion. Here is the data, let it shape your opinion in whatever way you see put.
So how do you implement strength of schedule into your fantasy draft?
SOS does not matter to us when it comes to players like Aaron Rodgers (32nd SOS), Todd Gurley (31st SOS), or AJ Green (31st SOS). Where strength of schedule does come into play is with the guys you aren’t going to start every week. I’m 100% going to draft Allex Collins over Derrius Guice knowing that Collins has the 3rd easiest RB schedule and Guice has the hardest. Chances are when I need to start one of the two, Collins will have the better matchup.
A lot of times this chart can get you out of a jam on draft day, and have it work out in your favor. You know when your pick comes around and you have two names and can’t decide between them? Well, imagine one of them has a significantly easier schedule than the other… that decision just got a whole lot easier.
The bottom line is that a strength of schedule cheat sheet shouldn’t be the only information you draft off from, but it certainly should be part of your 2018 fantasy draft kit.