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2022 QB Strength of Schedule

Tue May 17 10:45am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Using our rules for our money leagues, we came up with a schedule strength ranking for the quarterback 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 quarterbacks last season from all of their opponents to get our fantasy points allowed number. This is a good indication of the quarterbacks with the most favorable schedules for fantasy scoring for the coming season.

  2022 QB SOS   
1. New York Jets 331.4
2. Baltimore Ravens 335
3. Miami Dolphins 339.5
4. Kansas City Chiefs 340.8
5. Pittsburgh Steelers 342.8
6. Las Vegas Raiders 344.8
7. New England Patriots 344.9
8. Minnesota Vikings 345.1
9. Cincinnati Bengals 345.8
10. Los Angeles Rams 346
11. Arizona Cardinals  347.2
12. Tennessee Titans 349.5
13. Seattle Seahawks 349.8
14. Cleveland Browns 350.2
15. Atlanta Falcons 350.3
16. Buffalo Bills 351
17. Los Angeles Chargers 351.4
18. Detroit Lions 351.5
19. Carolina Panthers 351.8
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 352.3
21. Green Bay Packers 352.4
22. San Francisco 49ers 352.4
23. Houston Texans 352.7
24. Washington Commanders 354.8
25. New Orleans Saints 356
26. Indianapolis Colts 356.1
27. Chicago Bears 357.1
28. Denver Broncos 357.9
29. Jacksonville Jaguars 360.9
30. Philadelphia Eagles 362
31. Dallas Cowboys 362.8
32. New York Giants 365.8


The Giants have the most favorable fantasy quarterback schedule in the league this year, so maybe this is the year Daniel Jones finally puts it together. He also has a new, quarterback-friendly coach, Brian Daboll, so things are looking up for him. Jones could be a good late-round grab for teams with a good established quarterback on their roster. The Cowboys have the second easiest schedule for quarterbacks, making Dak Prescott a player with a huge season for the coming year. The Eagles, Jaguars and Broncos round out the top-five for favorable schedules for quarterbacks. Jalen Hurts just keeps lookin better and better. And Russell Wilson could be setup for a huge first season in Denver. 

On the flipside, the Jets had quarterback struggles last year and did a lot this offseason to get that position help. Unfortunately, the Jets also have the toughest fantasy schedule for quarterbacks. This doesn’t bode well for second-year starter Zach Wilson. He might have some more growing pains along the way. The Ravens are second on the list. It is hard to bet against Lamar Jackson, especially with the way he makes plays on the ground, but he could have some struggles though the air because of this schedule. The Dolphins, Chiefs and Steelers also have schedules that rank in the top five most challenging for quarterbacks. We wouldn’t worry too much about Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, but Tua Tagovailoa and whoever starts for the Steelers (Mitchell Trubisky/Kenny Pickett) have a few more red flags because of this schedule. These quarterbacks aren’t sure things to begin with, so having a very challenging schedule is a bit of a concern. 

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

  2022 QB PLAYOFF SOS  
1. Cincinnati Bengals 304
2. Miami Dolphins 309.7
3. Las Vegas Raiders 321.5
4. New York Jets 328.9
5. Chicago Bears 329.7
6. Kansas City Chiefs 336.9
7. Arizona Cardinals  337
8. Washington Commanders 337.4
9. Los Angeles Chargers 339.6
10. Philadelphia Eagles 340.8
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 342.2
12. New England Patriots 345.7
13. Los Angeles Rams 346.9
14. Minnesota Vikings 350.8
15. Baltimore Ravens 350.9
16. Atlanta Falcons 352.8
17. Tennessee Titans 353.6
18. Buffalo Bills 353.8
19. Green Bay Packers 354.3
20. Carolina Panthers 354.9
21. Dallas Cowboys 355.4
22. New Orleans Saints 357.9
23. Indianapolis Colts 361.4
  Seattle Seahawks 361.4
25. Jacksonville Jaguars 363.9
26. Pittsburgh Steelers 364.9
27. Houston Texans 365.4
28. Detroit Lions 366.1
29. Denver Broncos 366.3
30. San Francisco 49ers 374.9
31. Cleveland Browns 376.5
32. New York Giants 380.4


The Giants also have the most favorable playoff schedule for quarterbacks, which is another good sign for Jones. Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson and Jared Goff also have really favorable playoff schedules. These are players you might want to move up your rankings some because of their potential for big point totals in the playoffs. Just something to keep in mind. 

Joe Burrow was huge during the fantasy playoffs last year, but could have a tougher time repeating that task. Burrow gets the most difficult playoff schedule for fantasy quarterbacks. Tua Tagovailoa finds his name on both the most difficult regular and playoff season schedule, which is a little alarming. Zach Wilson also is a repeat name on the list. Derek Carr and Justin Fields also get tough playoff schedules. Carr is a player on the rise because of some offseason acquisitions, but his tough playoff schedule might make you temper your expectations for him a little. 

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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