Quarterback Strength of Schedule October 25, 2014  |  Chet


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Good afternoon fake footballers. I wanted to take a look see at how schedules stacked up for quarterbacks now that we have some decent statistics to look at and this is what I came up with.


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* So Cam Newton has a decided lead when it comes to pass defenses he’ll be facing after the Seahawks this week. His remaining schedule is NO, @PHI, ATL, BYE, @MIN, @NO, TB, and CLE.  Cleveland is the best pass defense of that group statistically and probably in reality as well. I might be looking to get Cam in leagues I have Jay Cutler in, who has a tough schedule.

* Drew Brees’ strong schedule is a little more subdued from game to game, but he has a nice playoff schedule and five of his last eight games are at home and so are two of his three fantasy playoff games.

* Zach Mettenger could possibly start off hot and ride an easy schedule with very little running game and a good receiving core. I’m not going to put money on it, but in two QB leagues I could see trying to grab him.

* After his bye, Matt Ryan gets Tampa and Carolina, but unfortunately they are on the road. That decimated offensive line might scare me off for the time being.

* Eli Manning has a nice playoff schedule and should be on your radar at the end of the season.

* Tom Brady has a tough schedule, but you know what he can do when everything is clicking. So I usually down downgrade top quarterbacks against tough defenses as much as I upgrade all quarterbacks against easy defenses. But I’m not going to be targeting Brady in a trade anytime soon.

* Jay Cutler takes on Dallas, New Orleans then Detroit in the fantasy playoffs. If you think Dallas’ pass defense is for real, which I do to an extent, then you have two tough matchups and one great one in your fantasy playoffs. Those are games you have to win, so I’ll either try to upgrade or find a streamer for the tougher games. It’s not an exact science and we know Cutlr and company can score on just about anyone, but I like to hedge my bets.


Below here you can see the rankings I smushed together to find my overall pass defense rankings above here. The higher the number, the crappier the defense.


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One Response

  1. Anthony says:

    Nice article, I have Ryan and Rivers both of whom I got real late as I am a late round QB guy. Looking at the playoffs, neither of my QBs have great matchups…how do you factor in the fact that Rivers is playing really well right now? Would you try and move him for a QB with better matchups?

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