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Receiver Strength of Schedule

Fri Apr 26 10:25am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Jones setup for big year


The NFL schedule was released last week, so we thought it was a good time to see how it impacts the fantasy world. Below is a look at the fantasy strength of schedule for the receiver position. 

Using our rules for our money leagues, we came up with a schedule strength ranking for the wide receiver position. We are using our fantasy defenses report to calculate the rankings. This report can be found in all of our leagues under the "reports" heading. We took the schedule of each team and entered the average number of fantasy points allowed to receivers last season from all of their opponents to get our fantasy points allowed number. This is a good indication of the receivers with the most favorable schedules for fantasy scoring for the coming season.

Teams that had some receiver issues last year face a schedule that could be daunting for their options this year. The Broncos, Jets and Titans all have top-five toughest fantasy schedules for receivers. This doesn’t bode well for a big rebound from these teams at the receiver position. 

Other teams with challenging schedules for receivers include the Chiefs (toughest overall), Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Oakland. Be a little wary of taking receivers on these teams, especially the secondary options. 

Julio Jones and Mike Evans are two elite receivers that look even better this year because of a very favorable fantasy schedule. Both of these top players get top-five favorable schedules for receivers. 

Some other teams with easy fantasy schedules for receivers are the Panthers (easiest overall), Arizona, Seattle and San Francisco. Take a look at receivers from these teams, including some No. 2 or 3 receivers on these teams to fill out your roster late in fantasy drafts. Players on these teams could be setup for breakout seasons.

FANTASY POINTS ALLOWED
1. CHIEFS 529.53
2. BRONCOS 537.29
3. JETS 540.95
4. STEELERS 545.44
5. TITANS 548.42
6. BENGALS 548.99
7. RAIDERS 550.24
8. CHARGERS 550.27
9. DOLPHINS 551.58
10. PACKERS 553.45
11. EAGLES 554.46
12. TEXANS 556.52
13. LIONS 559.6
14. BEARS 561.6
15. BROWNS 563.94
16. REDSKINS 564.84
17. PATRIOTS 567.23
18. GIANTS 567.47
19. VIKINGS 571.83
20. RAVENS 572.49
21. BILLS 576.12
22. SAINTS 578.06
23. COLTS 578.48
24. RAMS 582.78
25. COWBOYS 585.03
26. JAGUARS 585.59
27. 49ERS 587.54
28. BUCCANEERS 589.84
29. SEAHAWKS 589.86
30. CARDINALS 590.56
31. FALCONS 591.32
32. PANTHERS 601.64

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

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Fantasy Spin: Shepard's injury was a near disaster for the Giants' offense with WR Golden Tate suspended to begin the season. Shepard is in line for a huge target share and has top-end WR3 upside with the Giants' poor passing attack holding him back.

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Fantasy Spin: The injury shouldn't affect Graham's draft stock, as he's unlikely to miss any regular-season action. He remains a fringe TE1 target, but he has upside based on his past resume.

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Fantasy Spin: Williams is near the bottom of a depth chart led by RB Marlon Mack and also featuring Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins and D'Onta Foreman. The injury further hurts his chances of making the final roster.

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