Now that we have five weeks of data under our belts I think we can start looking a little harder at the Fantasy Strength Of Schedule for the rest of the season. I’m using week 7 through 16 here to average it out. You can see that Denver still has the best passing schedule going forward, while the Chiefs have the best playoff (weeks 14-16) passing schedule! Can you say Brady Quinn!? No? Ok, yeah, me either.
The Cardinals, Vikings and Buffalo look to have the worst passing schedule all around. I don’t love that for Larry Fitzgerald and Percy Harvin, but I feel much better about Percy Harvin overcoming tough defenses than Kolb and company.
It looks like the AFC West has the monopoly on good rush defense schedules, with McFadden and Charles leading the way. If they can stay healthy, they’ll be able to help you out.
Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson have a tough row to hoe as well as Marshawn Lynch, especially in the fantasy playoffs. Bt of course, talent often wins out and injuries hurt defenses. It’s too soon to really know how much Brian Cushing’s injury will hurt the Texans run defense, but it will hurt them.
So I still like to lean toward talent over schedule for the most part. If you are trying to make a decision between two equally talented players, this could be a good tool to break the tie.
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