Sometimes in the heat of the draft and in the rush of player news, we tend to overlook x-factors that can result in a substantial benefit to your fantasy football team.
One of these x-factors is a fantasy football 2014 defense strength of schedule analysis, which is exactly what the Docs have dished out.
You can use this information to help give your team a little edge during
both the regular season and fantasy playoffs by selecting team defenses for your fantasy football team that
face multiple cupcake offenses (a.k.a. sack friendly, turnover prone offenses) designated by teams at the top of this list.
In order to present the information in the most user-friendly format, we have created a pop-up window showing the
entire fantasy 2014 defense strength of schedule over the full NFL season. The values provided in the table show the fantasy point boost on a per game basis (denoted in a green box) or
reduction on a per game basis (denoted in a red box) that a fantasy team defense would receive that week based on a statistical analysis of their opponent for the 2014 season (using a standard performance scoring system). Values denoted in a white box indicate no
significant effect either positively or negatively for that team defense that week. So for example, a value of +3.75 in a "Fantasy Defense Strength of Schedule" table
means that on average, a fantasy team defense is predicted to score +3.75 fantasy points (green box) above their
baseline value that week based on their opponent for that week. The table isn't designed to be an absolute measure, but it is designed to be a relative measure to help expose defenses with favorable schedules (load of green boxes) for the upcoming 2014 season based on the
best information we have available to us prior to the start of the NFL season. You can use this
information to help select sleeper team defenses with favorable match-ups throughout the year, or you can use it to put together a "Fantasy Defense by Committee" by selecting team defenses with the most favorable match-ups each week (denoted by the largest value given in a green
highlighted cell for that week). Aggregate values are also provided to show fantasy team defenses that have the most favorable schedule during the regular season (weeks 1 - 13), fantasy playoffs (14- 16), and
total season (weeks 1 - 17).
Simply click on the link below to open the fantasy defense strength of schedule window.
Word to the wise: It is
not recommended to base your entire fantasy football draft solely on this
list and start selecting later round defenses in earlier rounds of your draft
due to a favorable defense strength of schedule; however, it can be
a nice tool to use when trying to decide between two seemingly equivalent
defenses or in the later rounds of your draft to increase the probability
of a successful late round grab. As a general guideline, a favorable
regular season schedule should only account for no more than 10% of a defenses' value when