Ultimate Strength of Schedule, LBs - Footballguys

An in-depth look at the strength of schedule for linebackers

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 16 best offenses while Defense B faced the 16 worst 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 "2018" 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 blue values indicate that the team has one of the eight (seven during the bye weeks) best values in that column. The red values indicate that the team has one of the eight (seven during the bye weeks) worst values in that column.

(Note: a green / red combo was considered but some people are color blind between those two colors.)

In short:

  • Blue is a team with a good schedule
  • Red is a team with a bad schedule

ULTIMATE STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE - Linebackers

Team
2018
EZ
TF
1st3
1st5
Byes
14to16
15to17
Arizona
30.9
1
5
31.6
30.8
30.9
30.4
30.4
Atlanta
31.6
3
5
31.6
31.8
31.4
32.9
32.0
Baltimore
31.9
4
4
34.7
34.2
32.0
30.3
31.1
Buffalo
32.3
6
0
32.4
32.3
32.2
31.9
33.1
Carolina
30.7
2
7
29.0
29.2
31.3
30.6
30.6
Chicago
31.9
4
4
32.2
31.6
32.2
31.3
30.9
Cincinnati
32.3
6
4
33.0
32.1
32.4
30.6
31.7
Cleveland
31.7
5
6
32.3
31.9
31.0
33.1
33.6
Dallas
30.9
0
4
30.9
30.8
31.0
30.8
30.6
Denver
30.9
3
6
30.9
30.4
30.8
29.6
30.6
Detroit
32.1
5
1
31.4
31.3
31.7
34.1
33.8
Green Bay
31.7
4
2
31.2
32.3
32.8
29.7
30.5
Houston
32.6
6
2
32.4
31.8
33.4
30.8
31.2
Indianapolis
31.7
5
4
30.2
31.4
32.6
30.2
30.5
Jacksonville
32.0
4
2
32.4
31.3
31.3
32.2
31.9
Kansas City
32.4
7
4
31.8
33.3
33.2
32.1
30.1
LA Chargers
32.2
6
6
33.1
31.3
31.5
30.8
33.7
LA Rams
31.2
3
4
31.2
31.1
31.4
31.6
30.8
Miami
32.3
5
3
30.1
31.0
32.1
33.4
34.1
Minnesota
32.0
4
1
32.9
32.3
31.9
31.4
31.6
New England
32.5
6
2
31.6
32.1
32.4
35.4
34.2
New Orleans
31.0
2
7
29.9
30.1
31.0
32.5
33.4
NY Giants
30.9
1
5
31.5
31.8
30.5
31.8
31.3
NY Jets
33.5
7
0
31.9
33.3
33.6
33.7
33.1
Oakland
32.4
6
4
34.5
33.4
31.1
33.9
32.0
Philadelphia
31.1
0
5
30.1
30.7
31.5
31.2
31.6
Pittsburgh
31.8
6
6
30.3
30.6
31.8
31.9
32.2
San Francisco
31.6
3
4
30.4
31.3
31.5
33.0
31.3
Seattle
31.5
3
5
32.8
32.9
31.3
29.8
30.5
Tampa Bay
31.0
3
6
32.4
32.1
30.8
32.0
30.7
Tennessee
32.3
6
2
32.6
33.1
32.6
31.5
31.1
Washington
31.1
2
6
32.7
32.5
30.4
31.7
31.9
NFL Average
31.8
4
4
31.8
31.8
31.7
31.8
31.8

Week-By-Week Look

Team
W01
W02
W03
W04
W05
W06
W07
W08
W09
W10
W11
W12
W13
W14
W15
W16
W17
Ari
31.3
32.6
31.0
30.4
28.7
31.4
37.6
28.7
-
29.4
28.3
31.7
32.6
30.4
28.1
32.6
30.4
Atl
30.3
32.6
31.9
29.1
35.1
29.9
29.7
-
31.3
31.8
29.9
31.9
34.1
32.6
33.5
32.6
29.9
Bal
37.5
29.1
37.6
35.1
31.8
31.9
31.9
32.6
35.1
-
29.1
28.3
28.1
29.4
29.9
31.7
31.8
Buf
34.1
31.7
31.4
32.6
31.9
31.1
32.2
35.5
31.0
29.9
-
33.4
33.5
29.9
30.4
35.5
33.5
Car
29.9
28.1
29.1
-
29.7
31.3
30.3
34.1
29.9
35.1
30.4
30.4
29.9
31.8
31.9
28.1
31.9
Chi
32.6
30.4
33.5
29.9
-
33.5
35.5
29.9
37.5
30.4
31.4
30.4
29.7
32.6
32.6
28.7
31.4
Cin
32.2
34.1
32.6
28.1
33.5
35.1
29.4
29.9
-
31.9
34.1
31.8
37.6
31.7
28.3
31.8
35.1
Cle
35.1
31.9
29.9
28.3
34.1
31.7
29.9
35.1
29.4
28.1
-
29.1
31.1
32.6
37.6
29.1
34.1
Dal
32.6
29.7
30.4
30.4
31.1
33.4
31.3
-
31.9
30.3
28.1
31.3
31.9
30.3
32.2
29.9
29.7
Den
30.4
28.3
34.1
29.4
29.9
32.6
33.5
29.4
31.1
-
31.7
35.1
29.1
28.7
31.8
28.3
31.7
Det
29.9
28.7
35.5
29.9
32.6
-
33.5
30.4
31.4
31.0
32.6
31.0
32.6
33.5
37.5
31.4
32.6
GB
31.0
31.4
31.3
37.5
30.4
28.7
-
32.6
35.5
33.5
30.4
31.4
33.5
28.1
31.0
29.9
30.4
Hou
35.5
31.9
29.7
32.2
29.9
37.5
33.4
33.5
37.6
-
31.3
31.9
31.8
32.2
29.9
30.3
33.4
Ind
29.1
31.3
30.3
31.1
35.5
29.9
37.5
28.3
-
33.4
31.9
33.5
33.4
31.1
29.9
29.7
31.9
Jac
29.7
35.5
31.9
29.9
29.4
29.9
31.1
30.3
-
32.2
35.1
37.5
32.2
31.9
31.3
33.5
31.1
KC
31.7
35.1
28.7
37.6
33.4
35.5
29.1
37.6
31.8
33.5
32.6
-
28.3
34.1
31.7
30.4
28.3
LAC
29.4
37.5
32.6
28.7
28.3
31.8
31.9
-
30.4
28.3
37.6
33.5
35.1
29.1
29.4
34.1
37.6
LAR
28.3
33.5
31.7
31.4
30.4
37.6
28.7
32.6
31.9
30.4
29.4
-
30.4
31.0
30.3
33.5
28.7
Mia
31.9
29.9
28.3
35.5
29.1
31.0
30.4
31.1
29.9
32.6
-
32.2
37.5
35.5
31.4
33.4
37.5
Min
28.7
32.6
37.5
32.6
30.3
33.5
29.9
31.9
30.4
-
31.0
32.6
35.5
30.4
33.5
30.4
31.0
NE
31.1
33.4
30.4
33.5
32.2
29.4
31.0
37.5
32.6
31.9
-
29.9
31.4
33.5
35.1
37.5
29.9
NO
29.9
31.8
28.1
29.7
31.3
-
34.1
31.4
32.6
29.1
30.3
28.1
29.9
29.9
32.6
35.1
32.6
NYG
33.4
29.9
31.1
31.9
32.6
30.3
28.1
31.3
-
28.7
29.9
30.3
31.0
31.3
31.9
32.2
29.9
NYJ
30.4
33.5
31.8
33.4
37.6
32.2
31.4
31.0
33.5
37.5
-
35.5
31.9
37.5
31.1
32.6
35.5
Oak
32.6
37.6
33.5
31.8
31.7
30.4
-
32.2
28.7
31.7
33.5
34.1
29.4
35.1
29.1
37.6
29.4
Phi
28.1
29.9
32.2
31.9
31.4
29.7
32.6
33.4
-
29.9
31.9
29.7
31.3
29.9
32.6
31.1
31.3
Pit
31.8
29.4
29.9
34.1
28.1
29.1
-
31.8
34.1
32.6
33.4
37.6
31.7
28.3
35.5
31.9
29.1
SF
31.4
30.4
29.4
31.7
33.5
32.6
32.6
33.5
28.3
29.7
-
29.9
30.4
37.6
30.4
31.0
32.6
Sea
37.6
31.0
29.9
33.5
32.6
28.3
-
30.4
31.7
32.6
32.6
32.6
28.7
31.4
28.7
29.4
33.5
TB
31.9
30.3
35.1
31.0
-
28.1
31.8
29.1
32.6
31.3
29.7
28.7
32.6
31.9
34.1
29.9
28.1
Ten
33.5
31.1
33.4
30.3
37.5
34.1
31.7
-
29.9
35.5
32.2
31.1
29.9
33.4
29.7
31.3
32.2
Was
33.5
32.2
32.6
-
31.9
32.6
29.9
29.7
28.1
29.9
31.1
29.9
30.3
29.7
33.4
31.9
30.3
Avg
31.8
31.8
31.8
31.7
31.8
31.8
31.8
31.9
31.8
31.5
31.5
31.8
31.8
31.8
31.8
31.8
31.8