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Fantasy Ease of Schedule - Quarterbacks
David Dorey
June 1, 2006
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Team EOS Good Bad Team EOS Good Bad
GB 8 12 4 JAX 2 8 6
OAK 8 12 4 HOU 1 6 5
SEA 7 11 4 MIN 0 8 8
SF 7 11 4 TEN 0 6 6
ARZ 6 10 4 WAS -1 6 7
CHI 6 11 5 BAL -2 6 8
KC 6 10 4 DAL -3 5 8
NYJ 6 10 4 NYG -3 5 8
SD 6 10 4 PIT -3 5 8
DEN 5 9 4 CLE -4 5 9
STL 5 10 5 CIN -5 4 9
BUF 4 9 5 CAR -6 4 10
IND 4 9 5 NO -8 3 11
NE 4 9 5 PHI -8 3 11
DET 3 9 6 ATL -10 3 13
MIA 3 9 6 TB -10 2 12

The most important criteria for comparing quarterbacks to their schedule are the talent level  and situation of the player more than the challenge he faces. In cases of the extremes, the schedule certainly will have an effect on the numbers he produces. But most telling is how talented the quarterback is and if he plays in an offense that will use the pass more than most.

The EOS is a score of “good games” minus “bad games” but just as important is merely the number of tough match-ups a quarterback will have. The Packers stumble off a horrible 2005 season but are rewarded with one of the best schedules as does the Raiders where Aaron Brooks is put to work with Randy Moss. Matt Hasselbeck should do well when he is not handing off to Shaun Alexander and the 49ers round out the best schedules which is ironic given they possess likely the worst passing game in the NFL.

Chris Simms and Michael Vick get the toughest path to the playoffs though Vick is the one quarterback in the league that can compensate with running the ball. Donovan McNabb shows back up without Terrell Owens and without an easy schedule to go against. He’ll be up against just as challenging a season as will Drew Brees in New Orleans.

Before drafting McNabb, Charlie Frye or Ben Roethlisberger, make sure you can live with a very tough string of games during the fantasy playoff weeks.

Most Favorable QB Schedules by Team/Week

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
GB CHI NO @DET @PHI STL BYE @MIA ARZ @BUF @MIN NE @SEA NYJ @SF DET MIN
OAK SD @BAL BYE CLE @SF @DEN ARZ PIT @SEA DEN @KC @SD HOU @CIN STL KC
SEA @DET ARZ NYG @CHI BYE @STL MIN @KC OAK STL @SF GB @DEN @ARZ SF SD
SF @ARZ STL PHI @KC OAK SD BYE @CHI MIN @DET SEA @STL @NO GB @SEA ARZ

Least Favorable QB Schedules by Team/Week

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
NO @CLE @GB ATL @CAR TB PHI BYE BAL @TB @PIT CIN @ATL SF @DAL WAS @NYG
PHI @HOU NYG @SF GB DAL @NO @TB JAX BYE WAS TEN @IND CAR @WAS @NYG @DAL
ATL @CAR TB @NO ARZ BYE NYG PIT @CIN @DET CLE @BAL NO @WAS @TB DAL CAR
TB BAL @ATL CAR BYE @NO CIN PHI @NYG NO @CAR WAS @DAL @PIT ATL @CHI @CLE

QB Ease of Schedule for Fantasy Playoffs – Weeks 14, 15 and 16

Team EOS Good Bad Team EOS Good Bad    Most Favorable Playoff Schedules                                                       
ARZ 3 3 0 SF 1 2 1   Team 14 15 16          
DEN 3 3 0 WAS 1 2 1   ARI SEA DEN @SF          
GB 3 3 0 DAL 0 1 1   DEN @SD @ARZ CIN          
NYJ 3 3 0 KC 0 1 1   GB @SF DET MIN          
OAK 3 3 0 BAL -1 1 2   NYJ BUF @MIN @MIA          
SD 3 3 0 DET -1 1 2   OAK @CIN STL KC          
SEA 3 3 0 MIN -1 1 2   SD DEN KC @SEA          
HOU 2 2 0 NYG -1 1 2   SEA @ARZ SF SD          
IND 2 2 0 CAR -2 0 2                    
JAX 2 2 0 STL -2 0 2   Least Favorable Playoff Schedules          
NE 2 2 0 TB -2 0 2   Team 14 15 16          
TEN 2 2 0 ATL -3 0 3   ATL @TB DAL CAR          
BUF 1 2 1 CLE -3 0 3   CLE @PIT @BAL TB          
CHI 1 2 1 NO -3 0 3   NO @DAL WAS @NYG          
CIN 1 1 0 PHI -3 0 3   PHI @WAS @NYG @DAL          
MIA 1 2 1 PIT -3 0 3   PIT CLE @CAR BAL          

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