By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports
The NFL has officially released the schedule for the 2017 season. It is always a good idea to take a look at all the schedules to see how it impacts the coming fantasy season. We will release all the fantasy strength of schedule rankings in our upcoming Draft Guide. But for now, here is a quick overview of each position for the coming year. We will start with quarterbacks. . . . .
Quarterback SOS RANK FANTASY PTS ALLOWED 1. Browns 291.02 2. Packers 292.78 3. Bengals 294.22 4. Texans 296.44 5. 49ers 298.48 28. Seahawks 314.31 29. Chargers 316.08 30. Patriots 316.56 31. Panthers 316.66 32. Bills 321.23
We still aren't sure who is going to start for the Browns to open the season, but whoever gets the job is going to be a fantasy concern. The Browns have the toughest fantasy schedule for quarterbacks. Not good. Aaron Rodgers had an injury plagued season last year and the second toughest fantasy schedule for this season. This is a bit of a concern for the coming year. You also might have some concerns about Deshaun Watson. He is trying to return from a major injury and has the fourth toughest schedule for fantasy quarterbacks. Can he repeat his huge start to his career?
Meanwhile, three of the top quarterbacks in the game get very favorable fantasy schedules. Cam Newton, Tom Brady and Russell Willson all have very good schedules for success this year. These guys could all make a run at being the top fantasy quarterback in the game this season. And don't count out Philip Rivers for one more big season. He is another player with a schedule setup for success.
Running back SOS RANK FANTASY PTS ALLOWED 1. Redskins 363.08 2. Rams 365.30 3. Lions 372.03 4. 49ers 372.71 5. Packers 372.86 28. Jets 388.91 29. Cardinals 389.04 30. Saints 390.30 31. Broncos 392.05 32. Vikings 398.87
Todd Gurley was the top fantasy back in the game last season, but gets the second toughest schedule for fantasy backs this season. He could have a hard time repeating last year's monster season. And the Redskins and Lions have unsettled running back situations that look even worse after seeing this ranking. Both could be situations to avoid going forward. Stay tuned.
Don't forget about Dalvin Cook this year. He got hurt his rookie season but will be back and starting in a good Vikings offense that gets the easiest fantasy schedule for running backs. The Saints were explosive running the ball last year and should do well once again, getting the third easiest schedule for fantasy running backs. The Jets, Cardinals and Broncos also have easy schedules for running backs, but don't have their running backs set just yet. So keep an eye on those jobs this training camp.
Wide receiver SOS RANK FANTASY PTS ALLOWED 1. Browns 474.49 2. Colts 476.60 3. Titans 479.34 4. Bengals 480.01 5. Ravens 481.33 28. Panthers 521.79 29. Buccaneers 521.92 30. Dolphins 522.87 31. Saints 526.23 32. Falcons 534.21
The Browns added some talent at receiver, getting a legit No. 1 in Jarvis Landry. But Landry has some fantasy concerns for the coming season. He moves to an offense with quarterback questions and gets the toughest fantasy schedule for tight ends. Not good. The Titans and Ravens didn't get much out of their receivers last year and might be in a similar situation this year, having a very challenging fantasy schedule for receivers. Lastly, TY Hilton looks like a better option this year with Andrew Luck likely back in the mix, but his schedule is a concern, having the second hardest fantasy schedule for receivers.
Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and Mike Evans are three of the elite fantasy receivers in the game. Things look great for them this year once again, having very favorable fantasy schedules for receivers. Any of these guys could be the No. 1 overall fantasy receiver this season. DeVante Parker and Devin Funchess are two players that could finally have those breakout years, having favorable schedules for success.
Tight End SOS RANK FANTASY PTS ALLOWED 1. Packers 173.80 2. Falcons 173.94 3. Bears 174.96 4. Panthers 175.19 5. Lions 176.16 28. Colts 196.11 29. Raiders 198.01 30. Titans 198.81 31. Chiefs 201.20 32. Chargers 205.32
The Packers made a big splash in free agency, signing Jimmy Graham. He should be a big boost to the offense, but might have a hard time reaching past success. Graham moves to an offense that doesn't have a history of using the tight end and also has the toughest overall fantasy schedule for tight ends. Greg Olsen is another past top fantasy tight end with some concerns for this year. Olsen is coming off an injury-plagued season and gets the fourth hardest fantasy schedule for tight ends.
On a positive note, Hunter Henry seems primed for a breakout season. He has the easiest fantasy schedule for tight ends and should garner all the work at the position for the Chargers with Antonio Gates no longer around. Travis Kelce was huge last year and should be once again this year, having a very easy schedule for tight ends. You also have to like the prospects of Delanie Walker and Jack Doyle, two more players that were good last year with favorable schedules for firstname.lastname@example.org