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2021 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule Analysis: Tight Ends

Tight end strength of schedule analysis for 2021 fantasy football leagues.

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The success of a fantasy player has a lot that goes into it: overall skill, injury history, surrounding cast, coaching, etc. I am of firm belief more and more over the last few years that strength of schedule plays a significant role in how well a team and an individual fantasy football player performs.

This year I am digging into each position’s strength of schedule to see where there might be opportunity hidden underneath a rock. Below you will see the TE Strength of Schedule rankings. The methodology for this was – taking opposing team’s receiving yards, receptions up to 20 yards, & receiving TDs allowed from 2020—I then ran that data against each team’s 2021 schedule to come up with the easiest and toughest schedule for tight ends.

The Good

It will be a favorable season for the...

  • Saints (Bills, Buccaneers x2, Falcons x2, Giants, Jets, Panthers x2, and Seahawks—all allowed a lot of receptions within 20 yards in 2020)
  • Bills (Browns, Buccaneers, Giants, Jets x2, Raiders, Ravens, and Jaguars—all high on allowing receptions within 20 yards)
  • As an additional note: the Raiders, Eagles, and Browns targeted their tight ends the most in 2020

The Bad

A difficult season is ahead in receiving yards for the...

  • Bears (Facing the 49ers, Bengals, Steelers, and Vikings x2—all are strong in limiting passes within 20 yards)
  • Browns (Bengals x2, Chargers, Chiefs, Steelers x2, Patriots and Vikings)
  • Also note: the Panthers, Patriots, and Bills targeted their tight ends the least last year

In a Nutshell

The Schedule this year favors: Adam Trautman, Dawson Knox, Darren Waller
The schedule this year hurts: Cole Kmet, Austin Hooper, David Njoku, Dan Arnold

Strength of Schedule - Tight Ends

Row Labels Sum of Receiving Yds Sum of receptions less then 20 Yards Sum of Receiving TD Receiving Receiving Yds (1 most favorable; 32nd least favorable) Within 20 Receiving Yds (1 most favorable; 32nd least favorable) Receiving Receiving TD (1 most favorable; 32nd least favorable) Avg Receiving (1 most favorable; 32nd least favorable)
Row Labels Sum of Receiving Yds Sum of receptions less then 20 Yards Sum of Receiving TD Receiving Receiving Yds (1 most favorable; 32nd least favorable) Within 20 Receiving Yds (1 most favorable; 32nd least favorable) Receiving Receiving TD (1 most favorable; 32nd least favorable) Avg Receiving (1 most favorable; 32nd least favorable)
Bills 74015 5729 486 1 2 3 2
Patriots 71966 5551 493 2 8 1 4
Saints 71804 5738 468 3 1 11 5
Dolphins 71184 5661 473 7 3 6 5
Colts 71263 5648 470 6 5 9 7
49ers 71423 5548 468 4 9 11 8
Panthers 70618 5477 472 9 12 7 9
Jaguars 71362 5559 458 5 6 19 10
Rams 70947 5656 459 8 4 18 10
Steelers 70163 5427 478 12 14 4 10
Texans 70370 5554 467 11 7 14 11
Eagles 68685 5411 477 18 15 5 13
Falcons 68890 5450 471 17 13 8 13
Cardinals 69663 5499 466 14 10 16 13
Washington Football Team 69819 5496 461 13 11 17 14
Broncos 68651 5255 489 19 25 2 15
Jets 70614 5402 455 10 17 23 17
Bengals 68360 5262 469 20 24 10 18
Buccaneers 68970 5403 453 16 16 24 19
Packers 68193 5217 468 23 27 11 20
Titans 69092 5334 446 15 19 28 21
Vikings 67684 5289 467 26 22 14 21
Cowboys 68353 5400 444 21 18 29 23
Giants 67508 5264 456 28 23 21 24
Lions 68282 5312 442 22 20 30 24
Chiefs 67555 5292 449 27 21 26 25
Ravens 68086 5074 458 24 32 19 25
Chargers 68043 5195 449 25 28 26 26
Browns 67349 5128 456 29 30 21 27
Seahawks 66517 5227 450 31 26 25 27
Raiders 66916 5144 442 30 29 30 30
Bears 66162 5092 442 32 31 30 31