A strength of schedule cheat sheet is an important asset for both the season-long fantasy player as well as the DFS player. Strength of schedule should affect the approach you take on trades throughout the season, and obviously has a massive effect on the way we build DraftKings lineups throughout the NFL season.
We will be releasing two sets of fantasy football strength of schedule rankings heading into the 2020-2021 NFL season. The first, found below, shows each team’s SOS based on the 2019 stats for the opponents on their 2020 schedule.
While our second set is based on the latest information, depth chart changes, coaching changes, etc… We don’t know for certain how those changes will affect each team’s production. This first set of strength of schedule rankings is based on the real data from 2020. You can sort these rankings by position by clicking the position label in the header of the table.
True Strength of Schedule Rankings
Our second set of SOS rankings for the 2020-2021 NFL season are handcrafted and take several factors into account. These include the rankings based on last season’s production, offseason personnel, and coaching changes, and the number of elite performances allowed last season.
That last statistic is key to putting together any true strength of schedule rankings. We want guys with several elite matchups over the course of a season.
A player may avoid terrible matchups over the course of the season, but have only one or two elite matchups and end up ranked in the top 10. This player will end up finishing 10-15 most weeks and is rarely a true difference-maker.
It is always better to have the player that has several home-run style matchups, where I know I am going to get several top 10 performances for their position. Additionally, these rankings take into effect offseason moves, including players that have opted-out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These Strength of Schedule rankings should not be the only tool you use when you draft your 2020 fantasy team, but it should at least be in your arsenal.
While we recommend you stick to your player rankings when drafting this September, our SOS rankings are a great way to break ties or decide between two players. Simply go with the guy with an easier schedule.
Massive shoutout to the guys from Hims for sponsoring this strength of schedule chart as well as our strength of schedule podcast!