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Strength of Schedule

An examination of the strength of schedule

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 quarterbacks 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 running back, it's much more relevant to see SOS data for running backs (rather than simply rushing data).

The Coloring of the Values

The green values indicate that the team has one of the eight 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 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

2013 Ultimate Strength of Schedule

Here are links to the positional pages, which are far more indepth:

Below, you will see each team's USOS for each position:

Team QB RB WR TE PK Def DL LB DB
Arizona 19.3 18.0 21.5 7.9 8.5 10.4 18.1 26.0 33.2
Atlanta 19.7 18.4 22.3 7.8 8.2 10.1 18.9 25.6 33.3
Baltimore 19.0 17.2 21.6 7.3 7.7 11.0 19.4 25.7 35.0
Buffalo 19.3 18.6 22.0 7.1 8.3 11.2 18.6 26.7 34.4
Carolina 19.6 18.6 22.3 7.6 7.9 10.1 17.5 25.7 34.1
Chicago 19.7 18.3 22.5 7.5 8.4 10.3 19.0 25.5 35.0
Cincinnati 19.0 17.7 22.2 6.7 8.0 11.4 19.6 26.3 34.9
Cleveland 18.7 17.9 21.2 6.9 8.3 11.6 19.7 26.6 34.7
Dallas 20.2 18.1 23.2 7.8 8.3 10.4 19.0 25.6 35.1
Denver 20.4 18.9 23.3 7.4 8.8 11.4 19.1 26.4 35.0
Detroit 18.7 17.5 22.0 7.2 7.8 10.9 19.5 26.0 33.7
Green Bay 18.6 17.3 21.4 7.5 8.0 10.7 18.3 26.1 34.5
Houston 19.6 18.8 22.2 7.4 8.8 11.5 18.6 26.5 34.7
Indianapolis 19.4 18.1 21.5 7.7 8.5 11.6 19.1 26.3 33.8
Jacksonville 19.7 18.2 22.4 7.6 8.3 11.1 19.2 25.8 34.8
Kansas City 20.3 18.5 22.9 7.7 8.3 11.5 18.8 25.5 35.5
Miami 19.6 18.9 22.2 7.2 8.0 11.2 18.8 26.3 35.3
Minnesota 18.3 17.4 21.4 7.3 8.1 10.8 19.8 25.9 34.0
New England 19.0 18.4 21.5 7.2 8.0 11.6 19.0 25.9 34.7
New Orleans 18.4 17.8 20.6 7.6 8.0 10.6 18.5 26.0 32.5
NY Giants 19.5 17.8 22.1 7.9 8.4 10.6 19.5 26.2 33.7
NY Jets 20.3 19.1 22.6 7.6 8.4 10.8 18.0 25.7 34.8
Oakland 19.3 18.0 22.3 7.4 8.2 11.5 19.6 26.4 35.4
Philadelphia 19.2 17.7 22.5 7.7 8.0 10.4 19.1 25.2 34.4
Pittsburgh 19.6 18.7 22.2 7.1 8.3 11.4 18.6 26.6 34.6
San Diego 20.0 18.5 22.6 7.8 8.8 11.2 18.7 25.7 35.5
San Francisco 18.9 18.5 21.6 7.8 8.4 10.7 19.5 25.4 33.3
Seattle 19.0 18.3 21.5 7.6 8.4 10.8 18.3 25.4 34.1
St. Louis 18.1 17.9 21.0 7.6 8.1 10.9 18.7 26.1 33.2
Tampa Bay 19.2 19.0 21.3 7.6 8.5 10.6 18.5 25.9 34.6
Tennessee 18.8 17.5 21.5 7.2 8.4 11.7 19.9 25.9 34.6
Washington 19.2 17.9 21.9 7.4 8.2 10.7 18.5 26.1 34.9
NFL Average 19.3 18.2 22.0 7.5 8.3 11.0 18.9 26.0 34.4

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