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Ease of Schedule - Rushing
David Dorey
October 16, 2008
Ease of Schedule - Passing
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2008 Fantasy Points Allowed Opposing Rushers

Good Allow Avg Allow Bad Allow
KC 27.5 GB 18.0 PHI 11.3
STL 26.8 ATL 17.3 CHI 11.1
DET 22.5 NE 16.2 NYG 11.0
HOU 21.9 SEA 16.1 ARI 10.6
IND 21.2 BUF 15.6 MIA 10.4
CLE 20.9 TEN 15.0 DAL 9.7
DEN 20.4 JAC 14.0 WAS 9.7
OAK 19.7 NYJ 13.5 PIT 8.6
CIN 19.7 SD 13.4 TB 7.5
SF 18.8 NO 12.4 BAL 7.4
  Good CAR 11.8   Bad
  Match-up MIN 11.5   Match-up

Using the actual results from weeks 1 through 6 of lthis season, the schedule was compared against the top 10 and worst 10 defenses for allowing fantasy points to running backs for rushing yards and scores.

These will obviously be skewed by single games that are unusually big or small since the sample size is so small.

The table to the right shows the fantasy points allowed to opposing teams for all running backs in that game and are the actual results.

A "Good" game was when the team faced an opposing defense that was in the top 10 for allowing fantasy points. A "Bad" game was when that team faced an opposing defense that was in the ten defenses that allowed the least amount of fantasy points.The "EOS" is the Ease of Schedule - simply the net result of good minus bad games.

These rankings are skewed by even one very good or very bad game, so use some wisdom in addition to considering the results. As with all such reviews, the most important findings are the extremes as they will change less as the season progresses and it is generally more important to not face a tough ("bad") defense than it is to go against an easy defense ("good"). Most of your starters are going to be among the best at their postion, so the biggest question is if they will be limited by opposing defenses.

Three different views are given below - Weeks 7 to 10 show what players will face during the next month. Weeks 7 through 16 are shown for a full season view and weeks 14 to 16 show the most common weeks for fantasy playoffs. Below that is the NFL schedule marked for each team to show when they have good (green) or bad (red) match-ups.

Weeks 7 to 10 Weeks 7 to 16 Weeks 14 to 16 (FF Playoffs)
EOS Good Bad EOS Good Bad EOS Good Bad
NE 3 3 0 NYJ 5 5 0 IND 2 2 0
NYJ 3 3 0 HOU 4 5 1 MIA 2 2 0
JAX 2 3 1 MIA 4 5 1 ARZ 1 1 0
ARZ 1 2 1 IND 3 4 1 CIN 1 2 1
HOU 1 2 1 JAX 3 5 2 DEN 1 1 0
TEN 1 2 1 TEN 3 5 2 DET 1 1 0
BAL 0 2 2 BUF 2 4 2 HOU 1 1 0
CHI 0 1 1 CHI 1 2 1 NYJ 1 1 0
GB 0 1 1 CLE 1 4 3 OAK 1 1 0
MIA 0 1 1 DEN 1 3 2 SD 1 2 1
PIT 0 2 2 NE 1 4 3 SEA 1 1 0
SD 0 1 1 OAK 1 3 2 TEN 1 2 1
WAS 0 2 2 SD 1 4 3 BUF 0 1 1
ATL -1 1 2 ARZ 0 3 3 CHI 0 0 0
BUF -1 0 1 KC 0 2 2 CLE 0 1 1
CAR -1 1 2 TB 0 2 2 GB 0 1 1
CIN -1 1 2 ATL -1 2 3 JAX 0 1 1
CLE -1 1 2 CAR -1 3 4 KC 0 1 1
DEN -1 1 2 DET -1 2 3 MIN 0 1 1
DET -1 1 2 GB -1 2 3 NE 0 1 1
IND -1 0 1 NO -1 2 3 NO 0 1 1
KC -1 0 1 PIT -1 3 4 SF 0 1 1
MIN -1 1 2 CIN -3 3 6 STL 0 1 1
NO -1 0 1 MIN -3 2 5 TB 0 0 0
OAK -1 0 1 SF -3 2 5 ATL -1 0 1
TB -1 1 2 STL -3 2 5 CAR -1 1 2
DAL -2 1 3 WAS -3 3 6 PHI -1 1 2
NYG -2 1 3 BAL -4 3 7 WAS -1 1 2
PHI -2 0 2 PHI -4 2 6 NYG -2 0 2
SEA -2 1 3 SEA -4 2 6 PIT -2 0 2
STL -2 0 2 DAL -5 2 7 BAL -3 0 3
SF -3 0 3 NYG -7 1 8 DAL -3 0 3

Week - By - Week

  7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
ARI BYE @CAR @STL SF @SEA NYG @PHI STL MIN @NE
ATL BYE @PHI @OAK NO DEN CAR @SD @NO TB @MIN
BAL @MIA OAK @CLE @HOU @NYG PHI @CIN WAS PIT @DAL
BUF SD @MIA NYJ @NE CLE @KC SF MIA @NYJ @DEN
CAR NO ARI BYE @OAK DET @ATL @GB TB DEN @NYG
CHI MIN BYE DET TEN @GB @STL @MIN JAC NO GB
CIN PIT @HOU JAC BYE PHI @PIT BAL @IND WAS @CLE
CLE @WAS @JAC BAL DEN @BUF HOU IND @TEN @PHI CIN
DAL @STL TB @NYG BYE @WAS SF SEA @PIT NYG BAL
DEN @NE BYE MIA @CLE @ATL OAK @NYJ KC @CAR BUF
DET @HOU WAS @CHI JAC @CAR TB TEN MIN @IND NO
GB IND BYE @TEN @MIN CHI @NO CAR HOU @JAC @CHI
HOU DET CIN @MIN BAL @IND @CLE JAC @GB TEN @OAK
IND @GB @TEN NE @PIT HOU @SD @CLE CIN DET @JAC
JAC BYE CLE @CIN @DET TEN MIN @HOU @CHI GB IND
KC TEN @NYJ TB @SD NO BUF @OAK @DEN SD MIA
MIA BAL BUF @DEN SEA OAK NE @STL @BUF SF @KC
MIN @CHI BYE HOU GB @TB @JAC CHI @DET @ARI ATL
NE DEN STL @IND BUF NYJ @MIA PIT @SEA @OAK ARI
NO @CAR SD BYE @ATL @KC GB @TB ATL @CHI @DET
NYG SF @PIT DAL @PHI BAL @ARI @WAS PHI @DAL CAR
NYJ @OAK KC @BUF STL @NE @TEN DEN @SF BUF @SEA
OAK NYJ @BAL ATL CAR @MIA @DEN KC @SD NE HOU
PHI BYE ATL @SEA NYG @CIN @BAL ARI @NYG CLE @WAS
PIT @CIN NYG @WAS IND SD CIN @NE DAL @BAL @TEN
SD @BUF @NO BYE KC @PIT IND ATL OAK @KC @TB
SEA @TB @SF PHI @MIA ARI WAS @DAL NE @STL NYJ
SF @NYG SEA BYE @ARI STL @DAL @BUF NYJ @MIA @STL
STL DAL @NE ARI @NYJ @SF CHI MIA @ARI SEA SF
TB SEA @DAL @KC BYE MIN @DET NO @CAR @ATL SD
TEN @KC IND GB @CHI @JAC NYJ @DET CLE @HOU PIT
WAS CLE @DET PIT BYE DAL @SEA NYG @BAL @CIN PHI

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