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Receiver Strength of Schedule

2017-07-11 11:52:57
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Keenan Allen faces tough schedule


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.

Amari Cooper didn't have quite the huge season as expected last year and could finish with similar results if you look at the schedule he is facing. Jeremy Maclin is in the same boat, having the most difficult schedule for receivers. Meanwhile, Doug Baldwin seems primed for a third straight big season. He should be considered a legit No. 1 for fantasy teams. And Mike Evans looks like a strong candidate to finish first overall in fantasy receiver scoring, having a really favorable schedule to build on his huge season from last year. Take a close look at this entire list before draft day, getting a good idea of those receivers with the best schedule for success this season.

				FANTASY PTS ALLOWED
1. Chiefs    				530.38
2. Chargers    				543.75
3. Raiders    				548.23
4. Jets    				557.58
5. Browns    				557.68
6. Bills    				558.44
7. Bengals    				558.7
8. Patriots   			 	558.71
9. Broncos    				559.49
10. Ravens    				560.63
11. Colts    				561.17
12. Dolphins   	 			563.08
13. Titans    				565.86
14. Steelers    			566.15
15. Redskins    			567.76
16. Eagles    				567.84
17. Packers    				569.2
18. Cowboys    				576.88
19. Giants    				577.35
20. Jaguars    				578.79
21. Lions    				578.94
22. Rams    				581.47
23. Bears    				582.38
24. Texans    				582.56
25. Falcons    				585.97
26. Saints    				587.19
27. Panthers    			587.23
28. Cardinals     			587.46
29. Bucs    				590.69
30. 49ers    				596.99
31. Vikings    				598.02
32. Seahawks    			602.39

Player Notes
DeVante Parker Sep 20 5:20pm ET

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, but his injury isn't believed to be serious. Parker caught four passes on nine targets for 85 yards in the season debut against the Chargers and has a great matchup on tap against the Jets in Week 2. Even though Jay Cutler favored Jarvis Landry over the middle in the first game, Parker is still very much in Miami's aerial plans and should be a solid play this weekend.

Evan Engram Sep 20 5:20pm ET

New York Giants rookie tight end Evan Engram entered the concussion protocol as a "precaution" after the Week 2 game and was limited in practice Wednesday. Engram looks to be fine, but he'll have to be cleared from the protocol in order to play against the Eagles in Week 3. The rookie tight end has acquitted himself well in the first two games, catching a total of eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown. He's an upside TE2 that's a better stash in dynasty leagues, especially with New York's offense in shambles right now.

George Kittle Sep 20 5:10pm ET

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will be listed as questionable heading into their game Thursday against the LA Rams. He has a plethora of injuries, including a hip injury, which is what was listed on the injury report this week. Kittle has been a low-end option for the first two weeks of the season, but against the Rams who have struggled against running backs and tight ends to start the season, he could be a startable option in deeper leagues if he plays. Stay tuned to the inactive list on Thursday to see if he will play.

Chester Rogers Sep 20 5:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts' wide receivers Chester Rogers (hamstring) and Kamar Aiken (hip) were both listed on the team's Wednesday injury report, with Rogers not practicing and Aiken doing so in a limited fashion. That Rogers hasn't participated in team activities after having nearly all of last week off of practice is a major concern, though it's difficult to imagine him making much of a fantasy impact with Jacoby Brissett as the starting quarterback. Aiken's status for Sunday will need to be monitored, but he is still a tough start given the limited ceiling of the Colts' passing offense.

Tyler Boyd Sep 20 5:00pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd was listed as inactive in the team's week 2 matchup with the Houston Texans. Though it was first thought that Boyd was inactive due to a hamstring issue, it was later revealed by head coach Marvin Lewis that Boyd was a "healthy scratch." With Boyd himself wondering why he was held out, many are speculating that it was due to the activation of wide receiver John Ross, who made his league debut during the game. Things are getting interesting in Cincinnati with former offensive coordinator Ken Zampese getting the axe this week, Boyd's role isn't as clear cut as he thought it was during the preseason. Though his job as the team's primary slot receiver may in fact still be safe, it also may not be with the new direction of new offensive head Bill Lazor. Fantasy owners will have to stay tuned to this situation as it progresses during the coming weeks.

Rashard Higgins Sep 20 5:00pm ET

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins was listed with the starters on this Week's depth chart released by the team. Higgins is coming off a breakout game against the Baltimore Ravens which saw him catch seven passes for 95 yards. He heads into Week 3 in a great spot against a leaky Indianapolis Colts pass defense. Higgins should be added in all 12-team leagues and merits immediate flex consideration in PPR leagues in a game that could be a sneaky shootout considering the ineffectiveness of both defenses.

Paul Richardson Sep 20 4:40pm ET

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said wide receiver Paul Richardson is "going to be fine" after the receiver suffered a dislocated finger in Week 2. Richardson had just two catches for 19 yards in the win over San Fran, but he was able to find the end zone for the first time this year. With Seattle's entire offense stuck in the mud, mainly because of the inept offensive line, Richardson is currently an unappealing flex option.

Jason Witten Sep 20 4:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is a solid tight end play like he usually is for the Week 3 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. He's seen plenty of targets in the first two games, and with the Cardinals secondary likely to shut down the Cowboys wide receivers, the passing game may run through short passes to the running back and tight end. Witten always has touchdown upside, and he has a safe floor because of how heavily he is used every week. Fire him up as a low-end TE1 on Monday night.

LeSean McCoy Sep 20 4:23pm ET

Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), DT Marcell Dareus (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), DE Shaq Lawson (foot), RB LeSean McCoy (rest) and DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. S Colt Anderson (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), LB Deon Lacey (hamstring) and LB Matt Milano (hamstring) were each limited participants in practice.

Jimmy Graham Sep 20 4:23pm ET

Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday, Sept. 20, with a sprained ankle.

John Brown Sep 20 4:20pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (quadriceps) missed practice Wednesday. This is worrying for fantasy owners who have Brown, as his injury recovery process may hinder his success for the rest of the season as it did last year. Furthermore, with the rotation in the offensive line, it is hard to truly trust any piece of this offense following the injury to star running back David Johnson (wrist). With Brown looking unlikely to suit up again this week, J.J. Nelson -- one of the most popular waiver additions this week -- is a viable WR3/flex play against the Cowboys' banged-up secondary.

David Njoku Sep 20 4:20pm ET

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku scored the first touchdown of his NFL career in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. He has a good chance to score again in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have really struggled against enemy tight ends over the past few seasons, ranking 31st in DVOA against the position in 2016 and 30th this season. While Njoku splits reps with Seth DeValve and Randall Telfer, he has the most upside of the bunch. He settles in as an upside TE2 for Week 3 based on the favorable matchup alone.

Jordan Reed Sep 20 4:10pm ET

Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed missed practice with a shoulder/chest injury. When asked about his absence, head coach Jay Gruden simply said "He's not healthy right now." This is a slightly more pessimistic tone than we'd heard on Monday when Reed's condition was describe as day-to-day. Owners holding out hope to play Reed against the Raiders Sunday night should consider adding Vernon Davis as an emergency option.

DeShone Kizer Sep 20 4:10pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer is coming off a brutal, four-turnover performance against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2. Kizer struggled throughout the game against what is shaping up as a fierce Baltimore defense this season. The rookie quarterback should have an easier time in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have had one of the worst defenses in the league over the past few seasons and have allowed both Jared Goff and Carson Palmer to post solid fantasy games against them the past two weeks. Kizer has shown some rushing ability and the Browns have not been shy about using him on keepers near the goal line this season. For that reason, coupled with the favorable opponent, Kizer has streamer appeal and is a strong start in two-quarterback formats in Week 3.

Jimmy Graham Sep 20 4:10pm ET

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) will not practice Wednesday. Graham will be questionable for Week 3 against the Titans, and he's been a huge disappointment for his owners through two weeks with just four catches for a measly nine yards. He did see an encouraging eight targets last Sunday, but Seattle's offensive line and passing attack is ugly right now, and Graham can't be trusted as a TE1. Making matters worse, Seattle plays a late game this weekend, so you should be looking for other options than Graham.

Jaelen Strong Sep 20 4:03pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars FS Tashaun Gipson (ankle), LB Lerentee McCray (knee) and C Brandon Linder (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. WR Jaelen Strong (hamstring), CB Jalen Ramsey (ankle) and DE Malik Jackson (groin) were limited.

Rodney McLeod Sep 20 4:03pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles CB Ronald Darby (ankle), FS Corey Graham (hamstring), S Rodney McLeod (hamstring), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist) and S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. LB Najee Goode (forearm), DE Brandon Graham (triceps) and CB Jalen Mills (thumb) participated fully.

Maxx Williams Sep 20 3:43pm ET

Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (ankle), CB Jaylen Hill (thigh), DT Brandon Williams (foot) and TE Maxx Williams (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. LB Anthony Levine (chest) was limited, while LB Za'Darius Smith (knee, ankle) participated fully.

Cam Newton Sep 20 3:40pm ET

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday. Newton took some hard hits in the Week 2 loss but stayed in the game. He should be fine for Week 3 against a leaky New Orleans Saints secondary. If there were any week for Newton to shake off the rust and perform as a legitimate QB1, this would be it.

Cole Beasley Sep 20 3:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley is not a good option for Week 3 starting lineups regardless of scoring format. The slot receiver will be facing the Arizona Cardinals defense on the road. While the Cardinals can occasionally be exploited by slot men, Beasley has not been a top-40 fantasy wide receiver since nine games ago. He can be kept on the bench as a depth piece, but shouldn't be started outside of desperate situations.