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Wide receivers with the easiest, most difficult strength of schedule for fantasy football playoffs

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

 Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Hello fantasy footballers! Today we will look at wide receiver strength of schedule for the fantasy playoffs. Hopefully these numbers will help us make some trades or pickups that might help us navigate our playoffs.

For this endeavor, we’ll look at Weeks 14, 15, 16. Those are the most prominent weeks for most leagues, but your mileage may vary. We’ll be using Football Outsider’s defensive DVOA and Adjusted Fantasy Points allowed by position to gauge which wide receivers should have the easiest and toughest matchups in your quest for a championship.

Below we have a chart with matchups for Week 14-16 based on fantasy points allowed per game to quarterbacks on the left and pass defense DVOA from Football Outsiders on the right. Both stats have merit in evaluating matchups, but I will highlight a few where the two stats mesh and meet the eye test.

Easy WR playoff schedules

Los Angeles Rams WRs

Playoff schedule: NE, NYJ, @SEA

The Rams are stacked at wide receiver with three fantasy options in Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds. Their strength will take on three weaker pass defenses in the fantasy playoffs. The Jets and Seahawks are obvious smash spots for this group, but even the Patriots rank 19th in adjusted .5 PPR fantasy points allowed to receivers while ranking 31st in DVOA against the pass in general.

Chicago Bears WRs

Playoff schedule: HOU, @MIN, @JAX

Allen Robinson is the only receiver you can count on in Chicago, but with his fantasy playoff schedule, you can count on him even more so this season. Plus, we can expect good weather in Jacksonville and of course in the dome in Minnesota.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs

Playoff schedule: MIN, @ATL, @DET

The Buccaneers have three fantasy relevant receivers who all will get good matchups in the fantasy playoffs. We’ve seen the Buccaneers passing game show inconsistencies, but it has been mostly good in better matchups. It is tougher to pick the best receivers from the group each week with Antonio Brown in the mix, but in these matchups I expect they’ll all come out with better numbers than their average.

Tough WR playoff schedules

Carolina Panthers WRs

Playoff schedule: DEN, @GB, @WSH

None of the three teams the Panthers face in the fantasy playoffs rank worse than 11th against wide receivers in .5 PPR fantasy points leagues. When looking at DVOA against the pass, the Packers are the only team that isn’t in the Top 8. And they have one of, if not the best cornerbacks in the league in Jaire Alexander.

Las Vegas Raiders WRs

Playoff schedule: IND, LAC, MIA

The Raiders have Nelson Agholor, Henry Ruggs and Hunter Renfrow at wide receiver. None have been especially consistent, but Agholor has been their top touchdown receiver. These matchups should keep you from chasing after any of the Raiders passing game pieces for a fantasy playoffs boost.

Jacksonville Jaguars WRs

Playoff schedule: TEN, @BAL, CHI

The Jaguars have some interesting wide receivers and sometimes they are worth starting in fantasy. So far, D.J. Chark and Keelan Cole have been the top receivers of the group and have been worth starting at times, but I’m not too keen on them against the Bears or Ravens in the playoffs.

WR Fantasy Playoff SOS

TEAM 14 15 16 AdjFPA (avg) TEAM 14 15 16 DVOA (avg)
TEAM 14 15 16 AdjFPA (avg) TEAM 14 15 16 DVOA (avg)
PHI 22 26 30 26.0 LAR 31 32 27 30.0
CIN 30 18 28 25.3 BAL 15 30 29 24.7
LAR 19 25 32 25.3 TEN 30 23 19 24.0
DAL 31 15 21 22.3 CLE 9 29 32 23.3
CHI 28 14 24 22.0 GB 23 21 25 23.0
KC 12 22 29 21.0 CHI 24 12 30 22.0
SF 4 30 26 20.0 ARI 29 20 17 22.0
TB 14 29 17 20.0 WSH 17 27 21 21.7
BAL 20 24 16 20.0 DAL 28 17 20 21.7
IND 13 28 18 19.7 TB 12 26 23 20.3
DET 6 27 23 18.7 MIA 10 31 18 19.7
NYJ 32 1 20 17.7 LAC 26 18 8 17.3
LAC 29 13 11 17.7 DEN 21 14 16 17.0
ARI 16 21 15 17.3 NYJ 27 7 15 16.3
NYG 26 20 5 17.0 PIT 14 28 6 16.0
WSH 15 32 3 16.7 CIN 22 1 24 15.7
PIT 8 31 9 16.0 DET 19 25 2 15.3
BUF 18 11 19 16.0 SEA 32 4 7 14.3
TEN 24 17 6 15.7 IND 18 24 1 14.3
MIN 23 2 22 15.7 KC 11 5 26 14.0
GB 17 3 27 15.7 NO 20 10 12 14.0
CLE 5 16 25 15.3 PHI 5 13 22 13.3
HOU 2 9 31 14.0 BUF 1 8 31 13.3
NO 21 7 14 14.0 SF 4 22 13 13.0
ATL 10 23 7 13.3 NYG 13 15 9 12.3
MIA 7 19 13 13.0 JAX 25 9 3 12.3
JAX 27 5 2 11.3 HOU 3 6 28 12.3
LV 9 10 12 10.3 LV 6 16 11 11.0
SEA 25 4 1 10.0 NE 7 11 14 10.7
NE 1 12 8 7.0 CAR 8 19 4 10.3
DEN 3 8 10 7.0 ATL 16 2 10 9.3
CAR 11 6 4 7.0 MIN 2 3 5 3.3