Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2012 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule

Based on last years statistics, we looked at the average points per game each teams position scored and compared it to how each teams defense fared against opponents by position.  We will break down the best and worst possible matchup and tell you which week they play each other so you can edit your roster accordingly.

Quarterback Matchups

The Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers averaged the most fantasy points per game last year, just slightly above the New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees.  Luckily for Mr. Rodgers, division rival and two time opponent each season Minnesota Vikings were the WORST defense against QBs.  This year the Packers and Vikings will play late in the season on Week 13 and 17.  BAD NEWS FOR FANTASY OWNERS.  Most leagues regular seasons end on Week 13 so while they might get that 1 super matchup for Rodgers and the Packers Wideouts, the Week 17 matchup in most leagues will not even count!  The Bears and Lions however do get to play the Vikings twice and in meaningful weeks.  Jay Cutler will see the Vikings in Week 12 and the first round of most playoffs in Week 14.  Matthew Stafford has the pleasure during Week 4 and Week 10.  Another notable matchup is Week 2 when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts host the Vikings, after what should be a tough professional debut against the Chicago Bears.  Week 6 will see the #2 overall pick in this years draft, Robert Griffin III a.k.a RG3, take on the Vikings. 


Last seasons toughest matchup for fantasy QBs was the Baltimore Ravens defense.  Teams relying on Andy Dalton should not fear as after Week 1, the Bengals do not face the Ravens again until Week 17.  Michael Vick and Tom Brady owners should worry early on as the Ravens head to Philly Week 2 and host the Patriots in Week 3.  Tony Romo and the Cowboys will see them in Baltimore Week 6 followed by Matt Schaub in Houston.  Weeks 11 & 13 will be tough for Ben Roethlisberger owners as the Steelers see them twice in 3 weeks!  In between those two games is a rough matchup for Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.  Come playoff time, RG3, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning will face the tough challenge of the Ravens defense during the Week 14-16 stretch which is typically the playoffs.

Have no fear when your Team Defense faces off against the Rams and Jaguars as they were the two worst QB producing teams last year.  The Arizona Cardinals get two regular season matchups with the Rams in Weeks 5 and 12 as do the top notch 49ers D in Weeks 10 and 13.  The Seahawks have the unfortunate Week 17 matchup.  As for the Jaguars, the divison rival with the unfortunate Week 17 matchup is the Tennessee Titans.  Both the Colts and Texans get two regular season matchups.  The Colts in weeks 3 & 10, the Texans weeks 2 & 11.

The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and New York Giants were 3 of the top 5 WORST defenses against the QB last season with the already mentioned Vikings #1 and the Oakland Raiders #4.

The Rams threw just 9 TDs last year WITH Brandon Lloyd.  I can only imagine how much more they will struggle without him!

Info courtesy of Fantasy Football Today

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