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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 31.4 ATL 17.3 DAL 12.1
STL 23.6 GB 17.2 CAR 12.1
DEN 22.9 SEA 15.1 ARI 11.6
DET 21.7 SD 14.8 MIN 11.5
IND 21.4 CHI 14.3 PHI 10.6
CIN 19.9 JAC 14.2 NYG 10.2
OAK 20.5 NE 14.0 WAS 9.7
CLE 19.3 BUF 13.5 PIT 8.3
HOU 18.9 NO 13.1 TB 7.7
SF 18.3 MIA 12.6 BAL 6.4
  Good TEN 12.6   Bad
  Match-up NYJ 12.5   Match-up

Using the actual results from weeks 1 through 8 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.

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 9 to 12 show what players will face during the next month. Weeks 9 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 9 to 12 Weeks 9 to 16 Weeks 14 to 16 (FF Playoffs)
EOS Good Bad EOS Good Bad EOS Good Bad
BUF 2 2 0 MIA 5 5 0 IND 2 2 0
CHI 2 2 0 BUF 4 4 0 MIA 2 2 0
DEN 2 2 0 NYJ 3 3 0 BUF 1 1 0
MIA 2 2 0 HOU 3 4 1 GB 1 1 0
HOU 2 3 1 IND 3 4 1 HOU 1 1 0
NE 1 1 0 JAX 3 4 1 JAX 1 1 0
NYJ 1 1 0 DEN 2 3 1 KC 1 1 0
ARZ 1 2 1 OAK 2 3 1 NO 1 1 0
ATL 1 2 1 TEN 2 3 1 NYJ 1 1 0
CAR 1 2 1 CLE 2 4 2 OAK 1 1 0
CLE 1 2 1 CHI 1 2 1 SEA 1 1 0
JAX 1 2 1 KC 1 2 1 SF 1 1 0
PIT 1 2 1 SD 1 4 3 CIN 1 2 1
TEN 0 0 0 ATL 0 2 2 SD 1 2 1
IND 0 1 1 MIN 0 2 2 TEN 1 2 1
MIN 0 1 1 NE 0 2 2 CHI 0 0 0
NO 0 1 1 NO 0 2 2 ARZ 0 1 1
OAK 0 1 1 STL 0 2 2 CLE 0 1 1
STL 0 1 1 ARZ 0 3 3 DEN 0 1 1
SD 0 2 2 CAR 0 3 3 DET 0 1 1
TB 0 2 2 GB -1 1 2 MIN 0 1 1
GB -1 0 1 PIT -1 2 3 NE 0 1 1
KC -1 0 1 SF -1 2 3 STL 0 1 1
CIN -1 1 2 TB -1 2 3 ATL -1 0 1
PHI -1 1 2 CIN -1 3 4 TB -1 0 1
DET -2 0 2 DET -2 1 3 CAR -1 1 2
BAL -2 1 3 SEA -3 1 4 PHI -1 1 2
DAL -2 1 3 PHI -3 2 5 WAS -1 1 2
SF -2 1 3 BAL -4 2 6 PIT -2 0 2
SEA -3 0 3 DAL -5 1 6 BAL -3 0 3
WAS -3 0 3 WAS -5 1 6 DAL -3 0 3
NYG -4 0 4 NYG -8 0 8 NYG -3 0 3

Week - By - Week

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

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