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What wide receiver strength of schedule means for rest of fantasy football season

What WRs have the best and worst schedules for the rest of the 2020 season? We give you some players to deal for in fantasy football.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns warms up during half-time against the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Colts 32-23. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Hello fantasy footballers! Today we will look at running back strength of schedule. Hopefully these numbers will help us make some trades or pickups that might help us navigate the second half of the season. And with some fantasy playoffs starting as early as Week 13, we are now into the second half of the fantasy season.

We’ll be using ESPN’s strength of schedule numbers, which stat guru Mike Clay posted on Tuesday and you can see here. I’ve chosen the adjusted to schedule fantasy points allowed column for this endeavor. The numbers are fairly straight forward, as the higher the number, the harder the schedule for our signal callers. I’ve also compiled SOS using Football Outsider’s DVOA against the pass to give us another perspective. For this post we’ll look at wide receivers.

I’m going to look at the average between the adjusted fantasy points allowed and the overall pass defense DVOA as a way to show the teams whose schedules are considered easy or tough based on both metrics. Not the most scientific way of looking at it probably, but I like to see correlation where I can.

WR SOS (Wk6-16)

Teams RB (Adjusted) DVOA AVG
Teams RB (Adjusted) DVOA AVG
CLE 1 1 1
PHI 2 4 3
ARI 4 3 4
CHI 5 5 5
WSH 6 7 7
LAC 12 2 7
BAL 3 13 8
IND 10 6 8
SF 9 8 9
BUF 11 11 11
PIT 13 17 15
DAL 7 24 16
TB 16 15 16
CIN 7 25 16
NE 22 10 16
LAR 17 16 17
NYG 15 18 17
NYJ 20 14 17
GB 23 12 18
SEA 27 9 18
JAX 14 23 19
KC 18 20 19
NO 21 19 20
MIA 24 21 23
CAR 18 29 24
DEN 30 22 26
DET 25 27 26
HOU 26 26 26
MIN 27 28 28
ATL 29 32 31
LV 31 30 31
TEN 32 31 32

Easy WR schedules

Odell Beckham Jr./Jarvis Landry, Browns

Schedule: @CIN, LV, BYE, HOU, PHI, @JAX, @TEN, BAL, @NYG, @NYJ

Jarvis Landry has a broken rib and we could see Rashard Higgins get a bit more work going forward, but Odell Beckham Jr. should continue to be the main target. He hasn’t been extremely consistent, but has shown good upside

Travis Fulgham, Eagles

Schedule: DAL, BYE, @NYG, @CLE, SEA, @GB, NO, @ARI, @DAL

Fulgham will see competition from his own team as the season moves forward, but he has taken over the No. 1 receiver job and has a great schedule moving forward. This Eagles team isn’t going to become great anytime soon, but Fulgham is seeing a lot of targets and I’m on board with this schedule.

DeAndre Hopkins/Christian Kirk, Cardinals

Schedule: SEA, BYE, MIA, BUF, @SEA, @NE, LAR, @NYG, PHI, SF

Hopkins is going to be too expensive to pry from anyone, but Christian Kirk is someone I’d like to have moving forward with this schedule. Kirk may end up being inconsistent, but he’s a player who can put up big fantasy points on one reception.

Tough WR schedules

A.J. Brown, Titans

Schedule: PIT, @CIN, CHI, IND, @BAL, @IND, CLE, @JAX, DET, @GB

Brown is a beast and when healthy he is going to put up big numbers. But, he plays with such physicality that injuries are going to crop up, especially playing a tough schedule. Brown isn’t someone I’d give up for cheap, but I’d look to see what you can get for him.

Will Fuller, Texans

Schedule: GB, BYE, @JAX, @CLE, NE, @DET, IND, @CHI, @IND, CIN

Will Fuller has been on a tear this season with four straight games with touchdowns and three 100+ yards games. But, he has some tough matchups coming up and there’s always a risk of his hamstring keeping him out a few games. I would look to trade for Odell Beckham Jr. straight up if possible.