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TE Strength of Schedule

Thu Jun 9 9:51am 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 tight end 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 tight ends last season from all of their opponents to get our fantasy points allowed number. This is a good indication of the tight ends with the most favorable schedules for fantasy scoring for the coming season.

  2022 TE SOS  
1. New York Jets 191.3
2. Los Angeles Rams 193.2
3. Cincinnati Bengals 196.4
4. Green Bay Packers 196.6
5. Baltimore Ravens 196.8
6. Las Vegas Raiders 196.9
7. Seattle Seahawks 198.1
8. Carolina Panthers 199.1
9. Detroit Lions 199.1
10. Miami Dolphins 199.1
11. Philadelphia Eagles 199.5
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 199.5
13. Minnesota Vikings 200.1
14. San Francisco 49ers 201.1
15. Atlanta Falcons 201.7
16. Buffalo Bills 201.8
17. Arizona Cardinals 203.9
18. Los Angeles Chargers 204.6
19. Indianapolis Colts 205.8
20. Chicago Bears 206.5
21. New England Patriots 210.2
22. Cleveland Browns 210.9
23. New Orleans Saints 211.1
24. Kansas City Chiefs 212.6
25. Washington Commanders 213.8
26. Houston Texans 214.2
27. Pittsburgh Steelers 219
28. Dallas Cowboys 221
29. New York Giants 222.3
30. Denver Broncos 223.8
31. Tennessee Titans 226.2
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 227


A lot of the teams that have very favorable fantasy schedules for tight ends don’t have a great tight end situation, which is a little unfortunate. Eric Ebron signed with the Jaguars this offseason and gets the easiest schedule in football for tight ends. Ebron could make some waves his first season in Jacksonville as a favorite target of Trevor Lawrence. Austin Hooper landed with the Titans and could quickly become a top target for Ryan Tannehill. Tennessee has the second easiest fantasy schedule for tight ends. Two top tight ends with good schedules, though, are Dalton Schultz and Pat Freiermuth. These guys can have big seasons in favorable situations.  

The Jets continue to land on all the unfavorable passing game lists. New York leads the way for toughest fantasy tight end schedule. The Jets upgraded their tight end position with the additions of C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin, but both could be hit or miss in this offense. Be wary. The Rams, Bengals, Packers and Ravens also have challenging fantasy tight end schedules. A couple big names hit this list, including Mark Andrews and Tyler Higbee. Andrews is pretty matchup proof, but the erratic Higbee is more of a concern with this schedule. It could be more of the same for Higbee this season. 

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 tight ends. 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 tight ends with the easiest playoff schedules doesn’t hurt by any means, especially in the big money contests. 

  2022 TE PLAYOFF SOS  
1. Arizona Cardinals 164.2
2. Cincinnati Bengals 166.6
3. Las Vegas Raiders 168.9
4. Philadelphia Eagles 178
5. Atlanta Falcons 185.2
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 186.2
7. Miami Dolphins 187.4
8. Denver Broncos 187.5
9. Green Bay Packers 191.9
10. Houston Texans 192.4
11. Detroit Lions 193.4
12. Baltimore Ravens 196
13. Washington Commanders 197.1
14. Kansas City Chiefs 199.2
15. Seattle Seahawks 199.5
16. New York Jets 210.3
17. Jacksonville Jaguars 212.2
18. Los Angeles Chargers 212.8
19. New England Patriots 215.9
20. Buffalo Bills 216.2
21. Indianapolis Colts 217.9
22. Carolina Panthers 218.8
23. Cleveland Browns 220.4
24. Chicago Bears 223.1
25. Dallas Cowboys 225.4
26. New Orleans Saints 225.7
27. Los Angeles Rams 229.2
28. San Francisco 49ers 229.4
29. Minnesota Vikings 232.4
30. Tennessee Titans 235.5
31. New York Giants 236.1
32. Pittsburgh Steelers 242.7


A big-name tight end that has a favorable playoff fantasy schedule is George Kittle. So if you are going early on a tight end, Kittle could be worth the early draft capital. And Pat Freiermuth is one name that lands on both the regular season and playoff fantasy schedule for tight ends. He could be a good mid-round target for fantasy teams at the tight end spot, helping post consistent numbers in the regular season and playoffs. 

Darren Waller has a really challenging playoff schedule, ranking third overall. He also has Davante Adams to compete with for targets this year, so he might be a player you just avoid. Two other talented tight ends with tough playoff schedules are Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. These guys are low-end No. 1 tight ends, so maybe target a different option around their skillset because of their playoff schedules. It is definitely something to keep in mind come draft day. 

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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