Strength of Schedule - Linebackers
By Clayton Gray
August 2nd, 2012

The advantages offered by the Ultimate Strength of Schedule (USOS) when compared to traditional SOS displays are numerous and include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Fantasy Points Driven
    Fantasy football is all about scoring fantasy points, so USOS is based on fantasy points.
     
  • Removed Bias Of Schedule
    Consider the following scenario: Defense A faced the Top 16 offenses while Defense B faced the Worst 16 offenses. If both defenses allowed opposing QBs to average 300 fantasy points last season, are they equally strong? Of course not; Defense A is far superior as they faced much better offenses. This bias of schedule has been removed from USOS.
     
  • Positional Breakdown
    If you are looking for a RB, it's much more relevant to see SOS data for RBs (rather than simply rushing data).
     
  • Comparison Of 2012 Schedule To 2011 Schedule
    On the surface, a team with an easy schedule at RB should see better RB stats this year. Good schedule = bigger numbers than the year before, right? It seems logical. However, sometimes it's not enough to say that a team has an easy schedule. What if they had an equally easy schedule the season before? Equal schedule = similar numbers as the year before. USOS looks at the differences in schedule from this year compared to last season. An easier set of opponents this year points to increased production. A more difficult set of opponents this season points to decreased production.
  • Explanation of USOS Tables

    Below, you will see tables for each positions USOS. Here is a brief explanation of the make-up of these tables.

    The "Team" Column

    This is simply the NFL team.

    The Values

    Each value in the table is the expected number of fantasy points on average or on a per game basis (depending on the column).

    The "2012" Column

    This is the average expected fantasy points allowed by each team's opponents for this season.

    The "Chng" Column

    This is the amount of change between the 2012 schedule and the 2011 schedule. A positive value points to an easier SOS than last year while a negative value points to a more difficult SOS compared to last season.

    The "EZ" Column

    This is the number of easy opponents each team will face this season. An easy opponent is defined as one of the eight (seven during the bye weeks) worst defenses. Obviously, it is preferred to have players with as many easy games as possible.

    The "TF" Column

    This is the number of tough opponents each team will face this season. A tough opponent is defined as one of the eight (seven during the bye weeks) best defenses. Obviously, it is preferred to have players with as few tough games as possible.

    The "1st3" Column

    This is the SOS for the first three weeks of the NFL season. This value is useful to determine how players should be expected to open the season. Players with low values could easily stumble out of the gate.

    The "1st5" Column

    This is similar to "1st3" except that it covers the first five weeks of the NFL season (note that some teams only play four games in this time frame).

    The "Byes" Column

    This is the SOS covering the bye weeks. This value is useful to find a complementary player during the byes as you'll need to shuffle players in and out of your starting lineup. A player with an easy schedule during this time would be nice to have.

    The "14to16" Column

    This is similar to "1st3" except that it specifically covers Week 14 through Week 16.

    The "15to17" Column

    This is similar to "14to16" except that it specifically covers Week 15 through Week 17.

    The "W1" through "W17" Columns

    These values are the expected strength of each team's opponent for that particular week (W5 is Week 5, etc). This is very useful when searching for backups for your stud players. The key is to locate players with easy opponents when your star is on a bye.

    The Coloring of the Values

    The green values indicate that the team has one of the eight (seven during the bye weeks) best values in that column. Green was chosen because you can go ahead and take players on that team. The yellow values indicate that the team has one of the eight (seven during the bye weeks) worst values in that column. Yellow was chosen because you should use caution before selecting players from that team. (Note: a green / red combo was considered but some people are color blind between those two colors.)

  • Green is a hot team with a good schedule
  • Yellow is a cold team with a bad schedule
  • Ultimate Strength of Schedule - Linebackers

    Team
    2012
    Chng
    EZ
    TF
    1st3
    1st5
    Byes
    14to16
    15to17
    Arizona
    34.6
    -3.7%
    3
    5
    33.9
    34.9
    33.6
    35.3
    34.5
    Atlanta
    35.7
    11.3%
    4
    2
    36.4
    36.5
    35.8
    34.6
    35.3
    Baltimore
    35.5
    0.2%
    3
    3
    33.1
    33.8
    36.0
    35.9
    33.7
    Buffalo
    35.0
    -3.9%
    4
    5
    36.8
    34.7
    33.9
    35.6
    36.8
    Carolina
    35.6
    7.3%
    4
    2
    34.5
    34.6
    36.1
    36.5
    35.8
    Chicago
    34.3
    -0.1%
    3
    5
    33.8
    34.2
    34.7
    34.2
    34.9
    Cincinnati
    36.1
    3.2%
    4
    0
    37.5
    36.2
    34.8
    36.3
    37.0
    Cleveland
    35.2
    2.4%
    4
    4
    32.8
    34.1
    35.7
    36.0
    36.8
    Dallas
    35.6
    -1.1%
    4
    2
    35.0
    35.3
    35.7
    33.7
    36.0
    Denver
    35.6
    1.4%
    5
    3
    36.9
    35.3
    35.1
    36.2
    35.9
    Detroit
    34.5
    -3.3%
    3
    7
    33.5
    33.5
    34.2
    34.8
    36.1
    Green Bay
    34.5
    5.9%
    3
    4
    34.2
    33.3
    35.3
    34.4
    33.7
    Houston
    33.8
    6.3%
    3
    7
    34.6
    35.3
    34.8
    31.9
    31.9
    Indianapolis
    34.6
    5.1%
    3
    5
    34.4
    33.9
    34.4
    34.9
    37.5
    Jacksonville
    34.1
    0.8%
    3
    8
    34.6
    34.4
    34.5
    35.8
    32.6
    Kansas City
    35.2
    -0.6%
    5
    4
    32.7
    35.3
    36.9
    33.8
    33.8
    Miami
    34.2
    -5.6%
    5
    8
    38.4
    36.8
    34.3
    31.9
    31.7
    Minnesota
    35.0
    -1.7%
    5
    5
    32.2
    32.7
    35.5
    37.8
    36.5
    New England
    35.2
    -5.6%
    6
    5
    35.5
    34.5
    34.3
    34.9
    33.4
    New Orleans
    35.4
    7.4%
    4
    2
    35.8
    36.0
    35.8
    35.7
    36.1
    NY Giants
    35.6
    -5.8%
    5
    4
    36.1
    36.0
    35.3
    35.4
    36.5
    NY Jets
    34.1
    -4.4%
    4
    7
    33.9
    34.6
    34.4
    34.9
    33.9
    Oakland
    35.5
    -4.2%
    4
    2
    37.1
    36.7
    35.1
    34.7
    36.2
    Philadelphia
    35.7
    -5.8%
    5
    2
    36.9
    36.2
    35.5
    35.8
    34.7
    Pittsburgh
    35.8
    5.1%
    5
    3
    37.0
    36.8
    34.9
    36.0
    34.6
    San Diego
    35.1
    1.2%
    3
    2
    33.6
    33.5
    34.9
    37.5
    36.9
    San Francisco
    34.9
    1.7%
    5
    4
    33.7
    34.5
    35.7
    33.5
    34.1
    Seattle
    34.9
    -4.3%
    5
    6
    35.3
    35.6
    35.0
    33.0
    33.2
    St. Louis
    34.8
    -7.2%
    5
    5
    36.8
    36.3
    34.7
    33.5
    34.8
    Tampa Bay
    35.3
    1.3%
    3
    2
    35.0
    35.9
    35.4
    35.5
    35.1
    Tennessee
    35.0
    5.8%
    4
    5
    35.5
    35.8
    34.6
    35.0
    35.7
    Washington
    35.3
    -4.6%
    4
    2
    34.1
    34.8
    35.2
    36.7
    36.1
    Average
    35.1
    0%
    4
    4
    35.1
    35.1
    35.1
    35.1
    35.1

    Week-By-Week Look

    Team
    W1
    W2
    W3
    W4
    W5
    W6
    W7
    W8
    W9
    Arizona
    34.2
    31.3
    36.3
    35.0
    37.4
    30.4
    33.2
    31.8
    32.6
    Atlanta
    33.8
    35.4
    39.9
    34.9
    38.7
    34.7
    -
    36.3
    36.3
    Baltimore
    31.9
    36.3
    31.3
    35.6
    33.8
    36.3
    39.4
    -
    35.6
    Buffalo
    41.1
    33.8
    35.6
    31.3
    31.8
    36.9
    31.3
    -
    39.4
    Carolina
    37.0
    33.0
    33.7
    34.9
    34.2
    -
    36.3
    36.4
    38.7
    Chicago
    31.3
    32.6
    37.4
    36.3
    33.5
    -
    35.3
    34.9
    31.3
    Cincinnati
    38.3
    35.6
    38.7
    33.5
    35.0
    35.6
    36.4
    -
    35.4
    Cleveland
    36.3
    31.9
    30.4
    38.3
    33.7
    31.9
    31.3
    39.9
    38.3
    Dallas
    33.7
    34.2
    37.0
    36.4
    -
    38.3
    34.9
    33.7
    34.9
    Denver
    36.4
    34.9
    39.4
    34.7
    31.3
    39.9
    -
    33.0
    31.9
    Detroit
    37.4
    31.8
    31.3
    33.2
    -
    36.3
    36.4
    34.2
    33.5
    Green Bay
    31.8
    36.4
    34.2
    33.0
    31.3
    39.4
    37.4
    33.5
    36.9
    Houston
    35.0
    33.5
    35.4
    31.3
    41.1
    32.6
    38.3
    -
    30.4
    Indianapolis
    36.4
    33.2
    33.5
    -
    32.6
    41.1
    35.6
    31.3
    35.0
    Jacksonville
    33.2
    39.4
    31.3
    31.9
    36.4
    -
    34.7
    32.6
    35.3
    Kansas City
    34.9
    30.4
    33.0
    39.9
    38.3
    37.0
    -
    34.7
    39.9
    Miami
    39.4
    34.7
    41.1
    36.9
    31.9
    37.4
    -
    41.1
    31.3
    Minnesota
    33.5
    31.3
    31.8
    35.3
    31.3
    38.7
    36.9
    37.0
    34.2
    New England
    31.3
    36.9
    38.3
    30.4
    35.4
    34.2
    41.1
    37.4
    -
    New Orleans
    38.7
    34.9
    33.8
    32.6
    39.9
    -
    37.0
    35.4
    36.3
    NY Giants
    36.3
    37.0
    34.9
    36.3
    35.6
    31.8
    38.7
    36.3
    36.4
    NY Jets
    30.4
    36.4
    35.0
    31.8
    39.4
    31.3
    31.3
    35.0
    -
    Oakland
    39.9
    35.0
    36.4
    35.4
    -
    34.9
    33.5
    33.8
    37.0
    Philadelphia
    35.6
    38.3
    36.9
    33.7
    36.4
    35.3
    -
    34.9
    33.0
    Pittsburgh
    35.4
    41.1
    34.7
    -
    36.3
    31.3
    31.9
    38.7
    33.7
    San Diego
    34.7
    31.3
    34.9
    33.8
    33.0
    35.4
    -
    35.6
    33.8
    San Francisco
    32.6
    35.3
    33.2
    41.1
    30.4
    33.7
    34.2
    36.9
    -
    Seattle
    36.9
    36.3
    32.6
    37.4
    34.9
    31.3
    31.8
    35.3
    33.2
    St. Louis
    35.3
    38.7
    36.4
    34.2
    36.9
    35.0
    32.6
    31.3
    -
    Tampa Bay
    34.9
    33.7
    36.3
    38.7
    -
    33.8
    33.0
    33.2
    34.7
    Tennessee
    31.3
    39.9
    35.3
    39.4
    33.2
    36.4
    30.4
    31.3
    36.4
    Washington
    33.0
    37.4
    31.9
    37.0
    34.9
    33.2
    33.7
    36.4
    34.9
    Average
    35.1
    35.1
    35.1
    35.1
    34.9
    35.1
    34.9
    35.1
    35.0

     

    Team
    W10
    W11
    W12
    W13
    W14
    W15
    W16
    W17
    Arizona
    -
    34.9
    37.4
    41.1
    34.2
    35.3
    36.4
    31.8
    Atlanta
    33.0
    36.9
    37.0
    33.0
    34.9
    33.7
    35.3
    37.0
    Baltimore
    34.7
    36.4
    39.9
    36.4
    38.7
    35.4
    33.7
    31.9
    Buffalo
    31.3
    35.0
    31.3
    33.5
    37.4
    34.2
    35.0
    41.1
    Carolina
    35.4
    37.0
    36.3
    33.8
    34.9
    39.9
    34.7
    33.0
    Chicago
    39.4
    31.8
    33.2
    34.2
    33.2
    32.6
    36.9
    35.3
    Cincinnati
    33.7
    33.8
    34.7
    39.9
    36.3
    36.3
    36.4
    38.3
    Cleveland
    -
    36.3
    36.4
    34.7
    33.8
    38.7
    35.4
    36.4
    Dallas
    36.3
    35.6
    38.7
    36.3
    31.9
    36.4
    33.0
    38.7
    Denver
    34.9
    39.9
    33.8
    37.0
    34.7
    38.3
    35.6
    33.8
    Detroit
    33.2
    32.6
    39.4
    31.3
    32.6
    36.9
    34.9
    36.4
    Green Bay
    -
    35.3
    33.7
    33.2
    35.3
    36.4
    31.3
    33.2
    Houston
    36.4
    33.5
    35.3
    31.3
    31.3
    31.3
    33.2
    31.3
    Indianapolis
    33.5
    31.3
    30.4
    35.3
    31.3
    39.4
    33.8
    39.4
    Jacksonville
    31.3
    39.4
    31.3
    30.4
    41.1
    35.0
    31.3
    31.3
    Kansas City
    36.4
    31.9
    35.4
    34.9
    35.6
    34.7
    31.3
    35.4
    Miami
    31.3
    30.4
    34.2
    31.3
    31.8
    33.5
    30.4
    31.3
    Minnesota
    35.3
    -
    36.4
    32.6
    36.4
    37.4
    39.4
    32.6
    New England
    30.4
    31.3
    41.1
    35.0
    39.4
    31.8
    33.5
    35.0
    New Orleans
    34.9
    34.7
    31.8
    34.9
    33.7
    37.0
    36.3
    34.9
    NY Giants
    31.9
    -
    32.6
    38.7
    33.0
    34.9
    38.3
    36.3
    NY Jets
    34.2
    37.4
    31.3
    36.9
    33.5
    31.3
    39.9
    30.4
    Oakland
    38.3
    33.0
    31.9
    35.6
    35.4
    33.8
    34.9
    39.9
    Philadelphia
    36.3
    38.7
    34.9
    36.3
    37.0
    31.9
    38.7
    33.7
    Pittsburgh
    33.8
    38.3
    35.6
    38.3
    39.9
    36.3
    31.9
    35.6
    San Diego
    37.0
    35.4
    38.3
    31.9
    36.4
    34.9
    41.1
    34.7
    San Francisco
    37.4
    36.4
    33.0
    37.4
    35.0
    31.3
    34.2
    36.9
    Seattle
    41.1
    -
    35.0
    36.4
    36.9
    30.4
    31.8
    37.4
    St. Louis
    31.8
    41.1
    36.9
    31.8
    30.4
    33.2
    37.0
    34.2
    Tampa Bay
    39.9
    34.9
    34.9
    35.4
    36.3
    33.0
    37.4
    34.9
    Tennessee
    35.0
    -
    33.5
    39.4
    31.3
    41.1
    32.6
    33.5
    Washington
    -
    36.3
    36.3
    33.7
    38.3
    35.6
    36.3
    36.3
    Average
    34.9
    35.3
    35.1
    35.1
    35.1
    35.1
    35.1
    35.1
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