In the Trenches – Week 11

Ross Miles looks at the best and worst schedules for linebackers for the rest of the season.

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In the Trenches – Week 11


Clay MatthewsEach week I’ll be using data from PFF and around the web to give some insight into IDP fantasy football, and how using these metrics can lead to finding undervalued players, potential breakouts and sleepers.

This week’s column looks at the strength of schedule for the remainder of the season for linebackers. With the fantasy playoffs just around the corner there is no better time to start being ruthless with lineup decisions, and understanding which teams and players will have the most advantageous schedule will certainly help with that.

Playing the Schedule

For most fantasy leagues the playoffs start in either Week 13 or 14, just a few weeks away, and end in Week 16. For the sanity of your league mates and yourself, I hope no-one is the victim of a Week 17 championship game. On that note, although I have included the data for Week 17 in the tables below, I have not factored in Week 17 to my analysis. It’s just there for completeness.

First things first, who are the best (and worst) matchups for linebackers? You might be surprised to find out that the tackle-friendly home stat crew in Buffalo hasn’t been the boon for linebackers you’d have expected, only allowing on average 32.6 points a week, the 19th best matchup. The No.1 matchup through the first ten weeks of the season is actually the Texans, the only team to concede more than 40 points a game (40.3), whereas as at the opposite end of the scale five teams averaged less than 30 points a game, with the Eagles (26.2) being the stingiest.

Points Allowed to Linebackers: Week 1 – 10

Rk Team Total Avg
1 HOU 363 40.3
2 STL 358.5 39.8
3 PIT 397 39.7
4 IND 351.5 39.1
5 NYG 351.5 39.1
6 CAR 389.5 39
7 NYJ 380 38
8 BAL 378.5 37.9
9 JAX 378 37.8
10 NO 333.5 37.1
11 SF 315 35
12 MIN 315 35
13 CHI 313 34.8
14 CLE 309.5 34.4
15 TB 308 34.2
16 ATL 304 33.8
17 DAL 332.5 33.2
18 KC 295 32.8
19 BUF 293 32.6
20 GB 291 32.3
21 SD 288 32
22 DET 284.5 31.6
23 ARI 281.5 31.3
24 CIN 281.5 31.3
25 SEA 279.5 31.1
26 MIA 277.5 30.8
27 OAK 277 30.8
28 DEN 266 29.6
29 TEN 262.5 29.2
30 NE 258.5 28.7
31 WSH 249 27.7
32 PHI 236 26.2
AVG 312.5 31.2

Having established the data point, the next question is, which teams have the best and worst schedules.To read the entire article, please login or sign up for a PFF Fantasy Subscription

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Ross Miles is a Lead Writer for Pro Football Focus Fantasy. Follow him on Twitter – @RossMilesNFL

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Ross Miles is a lead fantasy writer on PFF Fantasy. He contributes IDP content to the site. He was the 2011 winner of the FantasyPros IDP Expert Rankings contest for both weekly in-season rankings and also for pre-season rankings and finished second in IDP rankings in 2012 and 2015. Ross is also a member of the FSWA.

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