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Ultimate Strength of Schedule: Defensive Linemen

A look at the 2017 strength of schedule for defensive linemen

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).

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 "2017" Column

This is the average expected fantasy points allowed by each team's opponents for this 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 can be used 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 can be used 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 "W01" through "W17" Columns

These values are the expected strength of each team's opponent for that particular week (W05 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 - DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Team
2017
EZ
TF
1st3
1st5
Byes
14to16
15to17
Arizona 22.8 5 2 22.1 22.1 23.9 21.1 21.1
Atlanta 22.3 3 6 21.3 21.8 22.0 22.3 23.3
Baltimore 22.4 4 4 24.2 22.0 20.5 24.2 24.7
Buffalo 22.5 5 4 24.1 23.2 22.2 22.1 21.3
Carolina 22.2 4 8 22.5 21.6 21.7 22.4 22.8
Chicago 21.6 3 8 23.0 21.8 20.9 23.4 22.4
Cincinnati 22.6 5 5 22.1 23.4 23.1 21.1 20.0
Cleveland 22.2 4 5 21.7 22.7 22.9 21.2 21.4
Dallas 21.7 3 5 23.6 23.0 21.7 19.6 19.2
Denver 21.8 4 4 23.2 21.5 21.2 23.6 22.6
Detroit 22.2 4 6 22.5 22.0 21.7 24.5 22.1
Green Bay 21.9 2 6 21.6 22.0 21.9 23.2 20.9
Houston 22.9 5 2 21.9 22.0 23.5 22.7 22.7
Indianapolis 23.4 5 1 25.5 24.5 22.8 22.5 23.5
Jacksonville 23.7 9 1 22.5 22.8 24.2 24.0 24.0
Kansas City 22.0 4 4 21.6 22.4 22.1 20.9 23.6
LA Chargers 22.0 2 4 23.0 22.0 21.9 23.1 21.6
LA Rams 22.5 6 3 23.2 22.5 23.0 20.9 22.4
Miami 22.4 4 5 25.9 23.7 21.3 22.1 23.1
Minnesota 22.1 3 6 22.7 22.3 22.1 21.8 22.1
New England 22.9 5 2 22.9 23.7 23.1 22.0 23.3
New Orleans 22.5 3 3 20.8 21.1 22.5 22.4 24.6
NY Giants 22.2 4 4 20.6 22.8 23.1 22.4 22.1
NY Jets 22.5 3 4 20.5 22.3 23.3 22.9 21.5
Oakland 22.5 3 3 22.6 22.4 22.3 21.5 22.1
Philadelphia 22.3 4 1 21.6 23.0 23.2 20.4 19.7
Pittsburgh 22.6 3 6 23.5 22.6 22.1 22.1 24.5
San Francisco 22.8 3 1 22.6 23.5 22.8 23.5 22.6
Seattle 22.9 5 2 22.0 22.8 22.8 22.7 23.6
Tampa Bay 21.7 2 6 21.7 21.3 22.3 21.2 21.0
Tennessee 23.1 6 2 20.1 21.7 23.7 24.5 23.7
Washington 21.7 3 5 20.0 20.7 21.4 24.8 23.6
NFL Average 22.4 4 4 22.4 22.4 22.4 22.4 22.4

Week-By-Week Look

Team W01 W02 W03 W04 W05 W06 W07 W08 W09 W10 W11 W12 W13 W14 W15 W16 W17
Ari 20.2 24.3 21.7 24.4 19.9 27.4 23.7 - 24.4 21.3 26.1 22.8 23.7 21.4 20.9 21.1 21.3
Atl 23.4 20.2 20.2 23.3 - 21.9 20.2 25.5 22.6 21.7 21.3 27.4 19.7 19.7 27.4 19.7 22.6
Bal 22.7 27.3 22.8 20.9 16.3 23.4 19.7 21.9 21.4 - 20.2 26.1 20.2 20.9 27.3 24.3 22.7
Buf 25.5 22.6 24.3 20.8 22.7 - 27.4 16.3 25.5 19.7 24.7 22.8 20.2 24.3 21.9 20.2 21.9
Car 24.4 23.3 19.7 20.2 20.2 19.9 23.4 27.4 20.8 21.9 - 25.5 19.7 19.7 20.2 27.4 20.8
Chi 20.8 27.4 20.9 20.2 19.7 19.9 22.6 19.7 - 20.2 20.2 19.9 24.4 22.7 20.2 27.3 19.7
Cin 19.9 26.1 20.2 27.3 23.3 - 20.9 24.3 22.8 21.4 24.3 27.3 20.9 23.4 19.7 20.2 19.9
Cle 20.9 19.9 24.3 22.7 25.5 26.1 21.4 19.7 - 20.2 22.8 22.7 24.7 20.2 19.9 23.4 20.9
Dal 21.1 24.3 25.5 23.7 20.2 - 24.4 20.9 22.8 20.8 19.9 24.7 20.9 21.1 16.3 21.3 19.9
Den 24.7 21.7 23.3 16.3 - 21.1 24.7 22.8 19.9 20.2 22.7 16.3 21.9 25.5 24.3 20.9 22.8
Det 25.5 21.1 20.8 19.7 22.6 19.7 - 20.9 20.2 27.3 23.4 19.7 19.9 27.4 23.4 22.7 20.2
GB 21.3 20.8 22.7 23.4 21.7 19.7 19.7 - 20.2 23.4 19.9 20.9 27.4 27.3 22.6 19.7 20.2
Hou 22.8 22.7 20.2 21.4 22.8 27.3 - 21.3 24.3 23.7 25.5 19.9 21.4 24.4 22.8 20.9 24.3
Ind 23.7 25.5 27.3 21.3 24.4 21.4 22.8 22.7 26.1 20.9 - 21.4 22.8 23.3 24.3 19.9 26.1
Jac 26.1 21.4 19.9 25.5 20.9 23.7 24.3 - 22.7 24.7 27.3 25.5 24.3 21.3 26.1 24.4 21.4
KC 20.2 19.9 24.7 20.9 26.1 20.9 16.3 24.3 21.7 - 21.1 23.3 25.5 16.3 24.7 21.9 24.3
LAC 24.3 21.9 22.8 19.9 21.1 16.3 24.3 20.2 - 22.8 23.3 21.7 27.3 20.9 22.8 25.5 16.3
LAR 24.3 20.9 24.4 21.7 21.3 22.8 25.5 - 21.1 26.1 19.7 19.7 25.5 19.9 21.3 21.4 24.4
Mia 27.4 24.7 25.5 19.7 21.4 20.8 25.5 19.9 16.3 22.6 - 20.2 24.3 20.2 23.3 22.8 23.3
Min 19.7 20.9 27.4 20.2 23.4 20.2 19.9 27.3 - 20.9 23.7 20.2 20.8 22.6 22.7 20.2 23.4
NE 22.8 19.7 26.1 22.6 27.4 25.5 20.8 24.7 - 24.3 16.3 21.9 23.3 21.9 20.9 23.3 25.5
NO 19.7 20.2 22.6 21.9 - 20.2 20.2 23.4 27.4 23.3 20.9 23.7 22.6 20.8 25.5 20.8 27.4
NYG 21.7 20.2 19.9 27.4 24.7 24.3 21.3 - 23.7 24.4 22.8 20.9 16.3 21.7 19.9 25.5 20.9
NYJ 23.3 16.3 21.9 22.8 27.3 20.2 21.9 20.8 23.3 27.4 - 22.6 22.8 24.3 19.7 24.7 20.2
Oak 21.4 25.5 20.9 24.3 19.9 24.7 22.8 23.3 21.9 - 20.2 24.3 21.1 22.8 21.7 19.9 24.7
Phi 20.9 22.8 21.1 24.7 25.5 22.6 20.9 24.4 24.3 - 21.7 23.4 21.3 23.7 21.1 16.3 21.7
Pit 27.3 19.7 23.4 19.9 22.8 22.8 22.7 20.2 - 24.3 21.4 20.2 22.7 19.9 20.2 26.1 27.3
SF 22.6 21.3 23.7 25.5 24.3 20.9 21.7 19.9 25.5 21.1 - 21.3 23.4 26.1 21.4 22.8 23.7
Sea 20.2 24.4 21.4 24.3 23.7 - 21.1 26.1 20.9 25.5 20.8 24.4 19.9 22.8 23.7 21.7 25.5
TB 21.9 23.4 19.7 21.1 20.2 25.5 23.3 22.6 19.7 25.5 - 20.8 20.2 20.2 20.8 22.6 19.7
Ten 16.3 22.8 21.3 26.1 21.9 24.3 27.3 - 19.9 22.7 20.9 24.3 26.1 25.5 24.4 23.7 22.8
Was 19.9 23.7 16.3 22.8 - 24.4 19.9 21.7 21.3 19.7 19.7 21.1 21.7 24.7 25.5 24.3 21.1
Avg 22.4 22.4 22.4 22.4 22.6 22.4 22.4 22.4 22.3 22.8 22.0 22.4 22.4 22.4 22.4 22.4 22.4