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Strength of Schedule: QBs

An examination of the strength of schedule for quarterbacks

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).
  • Comparison Of 2013 Schedule To 2012 Schedule
    On the surface, a team with an easy schedule at running back should see better running back 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 "2013" 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 2013 schedule and the 2012 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 - Quarterbacks

Team
2013
Chng
EZ
TF
1st3
1st5
Byes
14to16
15to17
Arizona
19.3
12.2%
3
4
20.9
20.4
18.8
19.1
18.6
Atlanta
19.8
11.5%
7
5
21.0
20.6
19.4
19.5
18.6
Baltimore
19.0
4.9%
4
4
19.3
20.3
18.5
21.9
20.6
Buffalo
19.4
-9.2%
4
6
19.0
18.8
18.8
21.1
21.6
Carolina
19.7
8.9%
8
5
19.3
18.3
19.6
20.8
18.6
Chicago
19.6
13.5%
4
1
18.1
19.5
19.9
19.5
20.2
Cincinnati
19.1
3.2%
3
6
16.6
18.7
20.3
19.0
17.9
Cleveland
18.8
-4.9%
3
6
19.7
20.1
18.9
18.4
15.6
Dallas
20.0
7.8%
5
1
19.4
19.1
20.4
18.7
20.5
Denver
20.3
10.8%
5
1
19.1
19.1
20.5
20.7
20.6
Detroit
18.6
-6.1%
4
5
19.4
18.6
17.8
18.8
19.1
Green Bay
18.6
-4.2%
3
5
18.9
19.3
19.5
16.2
15.9
Houston
19.6
-0.8%
4
3
19.7
18.5
18.9
19.4
19.9
Indianapolis
19.4
-2.2%
3
2
20.0
19.3
18.8
19.4
20.2
Jacksonville
19.8
-0.7%
4
2
19.3
19.5
19.0
21.8
21.9
Kansas City
20.2
2.4%
5
0
19.5
19.8
20.4
21.1
20.7
Miami
19.7
-0.1%
6
6
19.1
19.4
20.5
20.7
21.1
Minnesota
18.2
-11.6%
1
6
18.7
17.8
18.0
18.4
19.6
New England
19.2
-11.4%
4
7
20.7
19.2
17.9
19.3
20.3
New Orleans
18.5
-11.6%
4
8
17.9
17.9
18.8
17.7
19.5
NY Giants
19.2
0.2%
5
3
17.2
18.5
19.6
18.8
19.3
NY Jets
20.4
12.9%
8
4
23.1
21.5
19.7
19.6
19.3
Oakland
19.2
-5.8%
1
2
19.4
19.9
19.8
18.9
19.2
Philadelphia
19.3
-3.3%
4
2
20.5
19.5
19.6
19.1
18.1
Pittsburgh
19.7
13.7%
5
3
18.3
19.2
20.6
19.3
19.2
San Diego
19.9
0.2%
3
0
20.9
20.4
19.9
19.2
19.7
San Francisco
18.9
3.3%
4
6
18.6
19.1
19.8
18.2
17.9
Seattle
19.1
9.6%
4
4
18.3
19.1
19.7
17.2
17.7
St. Louis
18.2
-6.3%
3
7
16.3
17.4
18.6
20.1
20.4
Tampa Bay
19.1
-7.5%
4
7
21.0
19.5
17.8
20.1
20.0
Tennessee
18.8
-8.6%
1
4
18.4
18.4
19.0
17.6
18.5
Washington
19.0
-6.7%
2
3
20.2
20.5
19.0
18.0
17.5
Average
19.3
0%
4
4
19.3
19.3
19.3
19.3
19.3

Week-By-Week Look

Team
W1
W2
W3
W4
W5
W6
W7
W8
W9
Arizona
19.4
20.4
22.9
22.2
16.8
17.7
16.0
16.3
-
Atlanta
22.9
19.4
20.6
23.7
16.4
-
22.2
15.2
16.8
Baltimore
17.3
20.4
20.1
23.3
20.6
19.4
15.0
-
20.4
Buffalo
23.7
16.8
16.4
16.9
20.4
17.7
20.6
22.9
20.3
Carolina
16.0
23.3
18.7
-
15.2
21.7
19.4
22.2
16.3
Chicago
17.7
21.7
15.0
20.4
22.9
18.7
21.3
-
19.4
Cincinnati
15.2
15.0
19.4
20.4
23.7
23.3
20.4
16.4
20.6
Cleveland
20.6
16.9
21.7
17.7
23.3
20.4
19.4
20.3
16.9
Dallas
18.7
20.3
19.4
20.0
17.3
21.3
20.7
20.4
21.7
Denver
16.9
18.7
21.6
20.7
17.4
20.4
20.4
21.3
-
Detroit
21.7
15.2
21.3
15.2
19.4
20.4
17.7
17.4
-
Green Bay
17.7
21.3
17.7
-
20.4
16.9
20.4
21.7
15.2
Houston
20.0
22.0
16.9
16.0
17.7
19.4
20.3
-
20.4
Indianapolis
21.6
20.6
17.7
20.4
16.0
20.0
17.3
-
20.1
Jacksonville
20.3
21.6
16.0
20.4
19.4
17.3
20.0
17.7
-
Kansas City
20.4
17.4
20.7
18.7
22.0
21.6
20.1
20.4
23.3
Miami
20.4
20.4
16.3
22.9
16.9
-
23.3
23.7
17.7
Minnesota
20.4
15.2
20.4
15.0
-
16.8
18.7
19.4
17.4
New England
23.3
16.4
22.2
16.3
17.7
22.9
16.4
20.6
15.0
New Orleans
16.3
22.2
15.2
20.6
15.2
23.7
-
23.3
16.4
NY Giants
17.4
17.3
16.8
20.3
20.7
15.2
21.7
20.7
-
NY Jets
22.2
23.7
23.3
22.0
16.3
15.0
23.7
17.7
22.9
Oakland
20.4
20.4
17.3
21.3
20.0
20.3
-
15.0
20.7
Philadelphia
21.3
20.0
20.3
17.3
18.7
22.2
17.4
18.7
21.6
Pittsburgh
22.0
17.7
15.2
21.7
-
16.4
16.9
21.6
23.7
San Diego
20.1
20.7
22.0
17.4
21.6
20.4
20.4
-
21.3
San Francisco
19.4
16.0
20.4
19.4
20.1
15.2
22.0
20.4
-
Seattle
16.8
17.7
20.4
20.1
20.4
22.0
15.2
19.4
22.2
St. Louis
15.2
16.3
17.4
17.7
20.4
20.1
16.8
16.0
22.0
Tampa Bay
16.4
22.9
23.7
15.2
-
20.7
16.3
16.8
16.0
Tennessee
15.0
20.1
20.0
16.4
20.3
16.0
17.7
-
19.4
Washington
20.7
19.4
20.4
21.6
-
17.4
15.2
17.3
20.0
Average
19.3
19.3
19.3
19.4
19.2
19.4
19.1
19.3
19.5

 

Team
W10
W11
W12
W13
W14
W15
W16
W17
Arizona
20.1
20.4
20.4
20.7
19.4
22.0
16.0
17.7
Atlanta
16.0
22.2
22.9
23.3
19.4
21.3
17.7
16.8
Baltimore
17.7
15.2
16.4
15.0
21.7
20.4
23.7
17.7
Buffalo
15.0
16.4
-
16.3
22.2
20.4
20.6
23.7
Carolina
17.7
23.7
20.6
22.2
22.9
16.4
22.9
16.3
Chicago
20.4
16.9
19.4
21.7
17.4
20.4
20.7
19.4
Cincinnati
16.9
20.4
-
20.0
20.4
15.0
21.7
16.9
Cleveland
-
17.7
15.0
20.4
23.7
15.2
16.4
15.0
Dallas
22.9
-
18.7
21.6
15.2
19.4
21.3
20.7
Denver
20.0
20.3
23.7
20.3
22.0
20.0
20.1
21.6
Detroit
15.2
15.0
22.2
19.4
20.7
16.9
18.7
21.7
Green Bay
20.7
18.7
21.7
20.4
16.3
17.4
15.0
15.2
Houston
15.2
21.6
20.4
23.7
20.4
20.4
17.3
22.0
Indianapolis
19.4
22.0
15.2
22.0
17.7
20.1
20.3
20.4
Jacksonville
22.0
15.2
20.1
20.4
20.1
23.3
22.0
20.4
Kansas City
-
17.3
20.0
17.3
21.3
21.6
20.4
20.0
Miami
22.2
20.0
16.8
16.4
15.0
23.7
23.3
16.4
Minnesota
21.3
16.0
19.4
15.2
16.9
20.7
17.7
20.4
New England
-
16.8
17.3
20.1
20.4
20.6
16.9
23.3
New Orleans
17.4
17.7
16.3
16.0
16.8
19.4
16.8
22.2
NY Giants
21.6
19.4
17.4
21.3
20.0
16.0
20.4
21.3
NY Jets
-
23.3
16.9
20.6
21.6
16.8
20.4
20.6
Oakland
18.7
20.1
22.0
17.4
16.4
20.3
20.0
17.3
Philadelphia
19.4
21.3
-
15.2
20.4
21.7
15.2
17.4
Pittsburgh
23.3
20.4
20.4
16.9
20.6
17.7
19.4
20.4
San Diego
17.3
20.6
20.3
17.7
18.7
17.3
21.6
20.3
San Francisco
16.8
22.9
21.3
19.4
16.0
22.2
16.3
15.2
Seattle
16.3
21.7
-
22.9
17.7
18.7
15.2
19.4
St. Louis
20.4
-
15.2
17.7
15.2
22.9
22.2
16.0
Tampa Bay
20.6
16.3
20.4
16.8
23.3
17.7
19.4
22.9
Tennessee
20.4
20.4
21.6
20.4
17.3
15.2
20.4
20.1
Washington
21.7
20.7
17.7
18.7
20.3
16.3
17.4
18.7
Average
19.2
19.4
19.3
19.3
19.3
19.3
19.3
19.3

More from Clayton Gray:

Super Bowl Injury Report - January 31
Fantasy Points Scored and Allowed: Super Bowl - January 28
Fantasy Points Matchups: Super Bowl - January 28
Strength of Schedule: Super Bowl - January 28
Conference Championships Injury Report - January 17
Fantasy Points Scored and Allowed: Conference Championships - January 14
Fantasy Points Matchups: Conference Championships - January 14
Strength of Schedule: Conference Championships - January 14
Divisional Round Injury Report - January 10
Fantasy Points Scored and Allowed: Divisional Round - January 7