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WR Strength of Schedule

Mon Jun 6 10:10am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

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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 wide receivers last season from all of their opponents to get our fantasy points allowed number. This is a good indication of the wide receivers with the most favorable schedules for fantasy scoring for the coming season.

  2022 WR SOS  
1. Miami Dolphins 559.9
2. Baltimore Ravens 560.1
3. New York Jets 561.6
4. Pittsburgh Steelers 566.3
5. Cleveland Browns 573.1
6. Kansas City Chiefs 573.2
7. Los Angeles Rams 573.7
8. Minnesota Vikings 573.9
9. New England Patriots 574.1
10. Tennessee Titans 575.1
11. Cincinnati Bengals 576
12. Arizona Cardinals 578.5
13. Las Vegas Raiders 581.9
14. Detroit Lions 582
15. Atlanta Falcons 584
16. San Francisco 49ers 588.4
17. Denver Broncos 589.1
18. Seattle Seahawks 591.3
19. Houston Texans 592.1
20. New Orleans Saints 592.2
21. Buffalo Bills 592.3
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 592.5
23. Chicago Bears 592.8
24. Los Angeles Chargers 594.2
25. Indianapolis Colts 595.5
26. Carolina Panthers 596
27. Green Bay Packers 596.5
28. Jacksonville Jaguars 598
29. Washington Commanders 599.5
30. New York Giants 603.4
31. Dallas Cowboys 606.4
32. Philadelphia Eagles 615.8


A.J. Brown was traded to the Eagles and gets the benefit of the easiest fantasy schedule for receivers. He lands in a great spot for his fantasy value, moving to a team that will throw the ball more and gets a very easy schedule for his fantasy production. Things are looking up for Brown. The entire NFC East should beat up on each other through the air. The Cowboys, Giants and Commanders also are in the top-five for easiest fantasy receiver schedules. You have to love CeeDee Lamb this coming year, getting a chance to be the clear No. 1 for Dallas and an easy receiver schedule. The Jaguars are the last team that rounds out the top five for easy receiver schedules. Christian Kirk can be had pretty cheap come draft day and seems likely to lead the Jaguars in targets in year one with his new team. He might be a good late-round target for fantasy teams. 

Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are going to be a top duo for the Dolphins at receiver, but getting the most challenging fantasy schedule for receivers is a bit of a concern. You might want to move them down a few spots in your rankings, having some of the top cornerbacks in the game shadowing them a lot of weeks. Many have high hopes of Rashod Bateman as the new No. 1 for the Ravens, but you might want to temper those a little, having the second toughest fantasy schedule for receivers. The Jets, Steelers, Browns, Chiefs and Rams are in the top 10 for difficult receiver schedules. There are some players with high ceilings on these teams, but might have a harder time reaching those than first thought. One guy that you have to wonder about some is Cooper Kupp. Can he possibly repeat or come close to one of the greatest seasons ever for a receiver?

Take a close look at this entire ranking when figuring out your fantasy rankings for the coming season.

We also wanted to look at playoff schedules for fantasy wide receivers. So we crunched the numbers of all the schedules from Weeks 14-17, which is the fantasy playoffs for most leagues. We know you have to get to the playoffs first, but knowing the wide receivers with the easiest playoff schedules doesn’t hurt by any means, especially in the big money contests. 

  2022 WR PLAYOFF SOS  
1. Miami Dolphins 499.9
2. Cincinnati Bengals 513.4
3. Chicago Bears 524
4. Los Angeles Rams 539.3
5. New York Jets 549.6
6. Kansas City Chiefs 563.4
7. Baltimore Ravens 565.5
8. Arizona Cardinals 566
9. New Orleans Saints 566.5
10. Las Vegas Raiders 569.4
11. Carolina Panthers 575
12. Seattle Seahawks 578.9
13. San Francisco 49ers 581.5
14. Buffalo Bills 582.8
15. Washington Commanders 583
16. Tennessee Titans 583.6
17. Philadelphia Eagles 586.7
18. New England Patriots 589.1
19. Pittsburgh Steelers 592.5
20. Minnesota Vikings 597.1
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 597.4
22. Detroit Lions 603.6
23. Atlanta Falcons 603.8
24. Indianapolis Colts 605.1
25. Dallas Cowboys 605.7
26. Cleveland Browns 616.9
27. New York Giants 617.2
28. Jacksonville Jaguars 621.2
29. Denver Broncos 621.4
30. Houston Texans 631.3
31. Green Bay Packers 632.3
32. Los Angeles Chargers 632.9


Some big name-receivers have favorable playoffs schedules, including Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Brandin Cooks and Courtland Sutton. When you are in big-game contests, getting a quarterback/receiver combo can be a great move come draft day. Having those big combos during the playoffs can be difference makers in fantasy championships.  

Miami is at the top of the receiver list for both the regular season and playoffs. Again, this is a concern for fantasy teams. It is tough to ignore Tyreek Hill come draft day, but it might be a good idea this year. The Bengals are another team with a challenging playoff schedule for receivers. Cincinnati was huge in the fantasy playoffs last year, but a repeat performance might be tough. The Bears, Rams and Jets round out the top five toughest fantasy receiver playoffs schedules. 

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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