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100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days, Day 72: Analyzing Strength of Schedule

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At RotoWire, I wrote an article dissecting year-to-year consistency for defenses and how it affects our perception of strength of schedule. This one is free for a limited time, so definitely check it out.

Strength of Schedule

When the guys here at RotoWire asked me to do a strength of schedule analysis, the first thing I needed to do was figure out if defensive play is consistent. If team defense carries over from year to year, then maybe analyzing opponent strength isn’t such a bad idea. So I tracked the 2010, 2011, and 2012 ranks for each team in terms of pass defense, run defense, and interceptions. I sorted teams by total yards allowed because that’s what matters in fantasy football; running backs get points for rushing yards, for example, not yards per carry.

Team 2012 Pass D 2011 Pass D 2010 Pass D 2012 Run D 2011 Run D 2010 Run D 2012 INT 2011 INT 2010 INT
49ers 4 16 24 4 1 6 16 2 17
Bears 8 28 20 8 5 2 1 7 6
Bengals 7 9 14 12 10 19 17 26 16
Bills 10 19 3 31 28 32 21 9 29
Broncos 3 18 25 3 22 31 13 30 31
Browns 25 2 18 19 30 27 12 28 9
Bucs 32 21 7 1 32 28 10 21 10
Cardinals 5 17 23 28 21 30 2 27 13
Chargers 18 13 1 6 20 4 18 15 14
Chiefs 12 6 17 27 26 14 31 6 19
Colts 21 15 13 29 29 25 20 31 30
Cowboys 19 23 26 22 7 12 32 19 7
Dolphins 27 25 8 13 3 7 28 16 28
Eagles 9 10 15 23 16 15 30 18 3
Falcons 23 20 22 21 6 10 5 10 4
Giants 28 29 10 25 19 8 3 8 15
Jaguars 22 8 28 30 9 22 22 14 24
Jets 2 5 6 26 13 3 24 11 25
Lions 14 22 16 16 23 24 25 5 21
Packers 11 32 5 17 14 18 9 1 2
Panthers 13 24 11 14 25 23 23 20 12
Patriots 29 31 30 9 17 11 6 3 1
Raiders 20 27 2 18 27 29 25 12 27
Rams 15 7 19 15 31 17 11 23 20
Ravens 17 4 21 20 2 5 19 17 8
Redskins 30 12 31 5 18 26 4 22 22
Saints 31 30 4 32 12 16 15 29 32
Seahawks 6 11 27 10 15 21 8 4 26
Steelers 1 1 12 2 8 1 27 24 5
Texans 16 3 32 7 4 13 14 13 23
Titans 26 14 29 24 24 20 7 25 11
Vikings 24 26 9 11 11 9 29 32 18

Head to RotoWire for all of the analysis.

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