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The best and worst schedules for the fantasy TEs

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings runs after a catch for a first down during the second quarter of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

In the final part of our series (RB, outside WR, slot WR) on strength of schedule, today we’re going to be looking at the fantasy tight ends.

The first chart below is the basic 2017 NFL schedule. The chart below that has each opponent team name removed and replaced with their 2016 average PPR fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. By creating a chart in such a manner, we can gauge to some level of accuracy how difficult a team’s fantasy strength of schedule might be in 2017.

With every article written on strength of schedule, one must always disclose the following: There’s a lot of variance in this data. So much changes year-to-year and team-to-team. A defense’s weakness last season may now be its strength after significant free agency and draft acquisitions. Or, perhaps that defense’s vulnerability was the result of a defensive scheme that no longer exists after the team made a coaching change. Still, with these caveats, strength of schedule is something I spend a good deal of time on each season. It paints a decent picture of the season as a whole, a player’s postseason schedule (P-AVG), and weeks to stream or target players in trade.

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