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2013 Fantasy Football Defense and Special Teams – Strength of Schedule

When looking into Fantasy Footballs most nagging positional starts, Defense and Special Teams, theirs really only a few ways to look into who to select not so much when. What makes a good defense of course if a teams defensive coordinator, the scheme vs. players, and the most important aspect; THEIR SCHEDULE.

This week the NFL had released their 2013 schedule and even though I was very interested in who the New York Jets open and close the season with I was very curious about our top ranked defense and their strength of schedule.

When you combined the schedule of all teams within the 2012 season, to create a strength of schedule setup up this is what we see also ranking teams from hardest to easiest SOS:

1 Carolina Panthers 0.543 138-116-2
2 Detroit Lions 0.539 138-118-0
3 New Orleans Saints 0.539 137-117-2
4 St. Louis Rams 0.539 137-117-2
5 Baltimore Ravens 0.535 137-119-0
6 Green Bay Packers 0.533 136-119-1
7 Arizona Cardinals 0.520 131-121-4
8 Miami Dolphins 0.520 133-123-0
9 San Francisco 49ers 0.520 132-122-2
10 Minnesota Vikings 0.516 132-124-0
11 Seattle Seahawks 0.516 130-122-4
12 Cincinnati Bengals 0.508 130-126-0
13 Jacksonville Jaguars 0.508 129-125-2
14 New England Patriots 0.508 130-126-0
15 Atlanta Falcons 0.504 128-126-2
16 Chicago Bears 0.502 128-127-1
17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0.500 127-127-2
18 Washington Redskins 0.498 127-128-1
19 New York Jets 0.496 127-129-0
20 Philadelphia Eagles 0.496 127-129-0
21 Cleveland Browns 0.492 126-130-0
22 Pittsburgh Steelers 0.492 126-130-0
23 Tennessee Titans 0.488 124-130-2
24 New York Giants 0.480 123-133-0
25 Dallas Cowboys 0.480 121-134-1
26 Buffalo Bills 0.473 121-135-0
27 Houston Texans 0.473 120-134-2
28 Kansas City Chiefs 0.473 121-135-0
29 Oakland Raiders 0.469 120-136-0
30 Indianapolis Colts 0.461 117-137-2
31 San Diego Chargers 0.457 117-139-0
32 Denver Broncos 0.430 110-146-0

Now our #1 Defense and Special Teams in the Seattle Seahawks has been scheduled the #11 hardest schedule according to SOS rankings. We already loved Seattle going into 2013 and you can be sure that this definitely doesn’t help their cause but I believe it won’t play a huge factor considering how good of a defense they are. The 49ers are another highly projected ranked defense according to SAFF and their have also pulled the #9 hardest SOS rank. We will be updating our rankings over the weekend so be sure to check back during the week for a fully featured and updated DEF/ST 2013 fantasy projection rankings.

About Nick.Vertucci

Chief Network Admin for SundaysAreForFootball.com Nick is also a fantasy football veteran starting his game back in 1999. SundaysAreForFootball.com was originally created and intended to be a spot for rants and raves but has grown into a fantasy community providing owners rankings,projections, and team advice through print and radio/podcast outlets. Nick is a true NY Jets, Yankees, Rangers, Knicks fan.

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