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Receiver Strength of Schedule

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

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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.

Player Notes
Kyle Rudolph Aug 19 6:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph didn't play much on Sunday, but he managed to reel in his only target for a gain of 11 yards in the first quarter. Rudolph was out-shined by rookie Irv Smith Jr. in this game (five catches for 28 yards and a touchdown), but we need to remember to be cautious when interpreting preseason results. Rudolph is still the top option for the Vikings at tight end, and that's a notion that was further solidified when the Vikes re-signed him to a four-year deal this offseason. This deal felt a bit undeserved with Rudolph's uninspiring 2018, where he caught 64-of-82 targets for 634 yards and four touchdowns. That being said, he still has the lead role in what should be a productive offense and his touchdown rate projects to rise a bit from last year. Rudolph is worth a look as a TE2 flyer who you can snag at the end of your draft - he's currently being selected at 143 overall (TE14).

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Stefon Diggs Aug 19 6:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs saw limited action on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks, hauling in his one target for six receiving yards in the contest. The lack of target share in the offense is not a concern for Diggs - he finished with 149 targets (just four behind Adam Thielen) to go along with his 1,021 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. He's currently being drafted at 35 overall (WR14), and that seems about right considering he and Thielen will again command the majority of targets and red-zone looks this season. Look for the "Minneapolis Miracle" hero to play a bit more in preseason game number three.

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Derrick Jones Aug 19 5:53pm ET

The Houston Texans signed free agent CB Derrick Jones Monday, Aug. 19. WR Stephen Louis was waived.

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Travis Kelce Aug 19 5:50pm ET

Kelce caught just one pass for five yards against the Steelers in week two of the preseason. The slippery field conditions limited the Chiefs starters to just one drive, so we didnt get much of a taste. Kelce remains the top TE in fantasy and should be getting drafted in the first round.

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Julian Edelman Aug 19 5:43pm ET

Updating a previous story, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thumb) has been activated from the Non-Football Injury list, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: This allows fantasy managers to comfortably draft Edelman as a WR2 in the middle of the fourth round in standard leagues. His ADP rises slightly in PPR formats. He's expected to lead a group including Demaryius Thomas, Josh Gordon, rookie N'Keal Harry and training camp standout Jakobi Meyers.

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Tyreek Hill Aug 19 5:40pm ET

Tyreek Hill caught just one pass for six yards against the Steelers in week two of the preseason. The Chiefs starters were expected to play more, but the field conditions limited them to just a drive. Hill remains a solid WR1 and can be safely drafted in the second round. Carry on.

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Jimmy Graham Aug 19 4:53pm ET

Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (finger) doesn't need surgery, according to head coach Matt LaFleur. Graham will 'be all right,' said LaFleur.

Fantasy Spin: Graham remains a fringe TE1 with the expectation of a full 16-game season.

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Cam Newton Aug 19 4:43pm ET

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton and RB Christian McCaffrey are scheduled to play with the rest of the team's starters in Thursday, Aug. 22's preseason game against the New England Patriots. 'They've been the gold standard for a long time,'' head coach Ron Rivera said. 'You want to go out and see just how good you are. It is a good measuring stick as to who we can be as a football team.''

Fantasy Spin: Newton and McCaffrey are solidified as a QB1 and RB1, respectively. It'll be interesting to see Newton working with free-agent addition WR Chris Hogan and training camp standout WR Curtis Samuel.

From TheHuddle

Tashaun Gipson Aug 19 4:43pm ET

Houston Texans C Nick Martin (hamstring), DB A.J. Moore (undisclosed), CB Lonnie Johnson (undisclosed) and DL Carlos Watkins (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 19. S Justin Reid (undisclosed) and S Tashaun Gipson (undisclosed) didn't participate.

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Jonnu Smith Aug 19 4:00pm ET

Tennessee Titans tight end Jonnu Smith (knee) returned to practice Monday for the first time since he tore his MCL in Week 14 of the 2018 season. Smith, who was filling in for injured tight end Delanie Walker, delivered 214 yards and three touchdowns in his final 5 games of 2018 leading up to his injury. With Walker now recovered, expect Smith to return to his limited role as the team's second tight end. While Smith is unlikely to have enough opportunity to be relevant this season, he remains a solid dynasty stash with Walker's best years likely behind him.

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D'Onta Foreman Aug 19 3:53pm ET

Indianapolis Colts RB D'Onta Foreman (biceps) will remain with the team while rehabbing torn biceps. He's expected to miss four months but the team intends to keep him for next year.

From TheHuddle

Demarcus Lawrence Aug 19 3:53pm ET

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list soon. He's expected to be limited for a little while, but he's on track to return in time for Week 1.

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Derrick Henry Aug 19 3:50pm ET

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (calf) returned to practice today for the first time since the opening day of training camp. Although his Week 1 status was never in serious question, this is a good sign for Henry's 2019 fantasy stock. Henry will slide right back in as the feature back for new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith's offense entering his make-or-break contract year. Henry continues to be one of the most polarizing players for the 2019 fantasy season, but only time will tell if we are to get the Henry from the last four games of the regular season or the Henry from the first twelve. In reality, his upside will likely depend majorly on the ability of quarterback Marcus Mariota to produce more consistently in the passing game.

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Derrick Henry Aug 19 3:43pm ET

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (foot) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 19. It's his first practice since Day 1 of training camp.

Fantasy Spin: Henry is suddenly a strong value as an RB2 at the end of the third round. He has long struggled with consistent production over the course of a full season, but he dominated at the end of the 2018 season and has the added incentive of a contract year. His ADP is likely to rise quickly now that he's back on the field.

From TheHuddle

Russell Wilson Aug 19 3:40pm ET

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took the field for the first time this season on Sunday, and he looked good against the Vikings. Wilson went 6-for-9 for 82 yards, and he just missed a big third down completion that would have padded those stats even more. An especially nice thing was the fact that Wilson went virtually untouched in the pocket, and while it's just the preseason, any positive that can be found in Seattle's offensive line is worth a mention. Wilson is a knock quantity at this point, and if his offensive line can give him more time in the pocket, he could easily be in the discussion for MVP as the season rolls on.

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Derrius Guice Aug 19 3:33pm ET

Washington Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) is scheduled to play Thursday, Aug. 22, in a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. It's likely to be his only action of the preseason.

Fantasy Spin: Guice didn't play at all in his rookie season after being selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He's being drafted as an RB3 on average, but he's likely to open the season behind veteran Adrian Peterson in the Washington backfield. He has more value in keeper and dynasty leagues, as he may need to wait another full season before leading the backfield.

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D.K. Metcalf Aug 19 3:30pm ET

Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver D.K. Metcalf is scheduled to have knee surgery on Tuesday, and his presence for the start of the season is now in jeopardy. Metcalf's injury was discovered last week in practice, but head coach Pete Carroll declined to go into specifics about the injury or the circumstances surrounding it. It isn't believed to be terribly serious since Carroll's already talking about how the team is optimistic that Metcalf will be back for the regular season opener, but for a player who depends on speed like Metcalf, that seems questionable. For now, he's at least out for the rest of the preseason, not a great thing for a rookie.

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Bobby Wagner Aug 19 3:30pm ET

Seattle Seahawks rookie safety Marquise Blair was carted off the field in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings after suffering back spasms. Blair had been hyped coming into the game, but he was beat for a touchdown in the first half and eventually left with the injury. At this point, it's unclear how serious the injury is or how much time Blair will miss, but it's just another shot at Seattle's rookie class after first-round pick L.J. Collier has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain as well. With Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, and Shaquem Griffin also recovering from injuries, Seattle's defense is taking a serious beating to start the season.

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Reshad Jones Aug 19 3:23pm ET

Miami Dolphins S Reshad Jones (foot) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 19, but he's doing individual work and not participating in 11-on-11 drills. He said he'll be ready for the regular-season opener.

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D'Onta Foreman Aug 19 3:13pm ET

Indianapolis Colts WR Daurice Fountain (ankle) and RB D'Onta Foreman (undisclosed) were placed on injured reserve Monday, Aug. 19. S Derrick Kindred was waived. The team signed S Kai Nacua, RB Charcandrick West and RB Marquis Young.

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