Strength of Schedule NFL 2021
There are few things as paralyzing as being on the clock in your fantasy football draft with two players on your mind. Trying to make that split-second decision over who to side with is nerve-wracking.
That's where fantasy football strength of schedule can come into play. It's not necessarily a factor you want to use as your starting point for evaluating a player, but it can really help as a tiebreaker when you're torn between a couple of players.
With that in mind, here are the five teams with the easiest strength of schedule for fantasy football in 2021 according to data from FantasyPros.
Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule 2021
5. Miami Dolphins
You're going to notice a trend here — the AFC East has it pretty good in 2021. Getting to play against the New York Jets twice and playing against the AFC South. Looking at FootballOutsiders' defensive DVOA data, the Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars all ranked bottom-four, and the Jets checked in at No. 21.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Of course, those matchups work out pretty well for the AFC South too. Two games against the Titans and Texans as well as one against the Jets should be a huge boon for this young Jacksonville Jaguars offense. Whether you're rolling the dice on Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne or hoping for big things from DJ Chark, it certainly won't be a tough schedule that holds them back.
3. New England Patriots
And back to the NFC East we go. The New England Patriots look like they'll have one of the NFL's best defenses in 2021, and not having to play themselves makes things a little easier on the Pats than the Dolphins get. Finishing below the Dolphins in the standings in 2020 has also given them a slightly easier schedule here. Mac Jones truthers should be especially excited, as the Patriots' schedule gets a 5-star rating for the quarterback position.
2. Indianapolis Colts
If you like the Jags schedule, you'll love the Indianapolis Colts' schedule. Six games against defenses that were bottom-four in DVOA in 2020 is pretty terrific. Not only is the Colts' schedule great overall, but it's especially favorable for their running backs and wide receivers. They have the only schedule that FantasyPros gives a 5-star rating for both the RB and WR positions.
1. San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Shanahan's offense should have little trouble in 2021, no matter who is starting at QB. A 5-star schedule for both QBs and WRs as well as 4-star for RBs and TEs positions the San Francisco 49ers for a seriously great fantasy season. They also kick off the season perfectly, with a Week 1 matchup against the pitiful Detroit Lions, who were dead-last in defensive DVOA in 2020. A Week 17 matchup against the Houston Texans is the cherry on top, giving them one of the best matchups possible for the new fantasy football championship week.
Be sure to also check out the five teams with the hardest fantasy football strength of schedule to avoid in 2021.
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