First look at 2012 SOS

I do not know what would be a bigger mistake: to place a high priority on strength of schedule or to ignore it. There was a time when it was a huge factor, but with fewer shutdown defenses versus the run and the pass and with fewer “get well” defenses in the league right now, SOS can be an overrated element.

However, SOS is still an element to consider, which is why we’re going to continue to do our best to break down each team’s strength of schedule.

As we know, it’s a pass-happy league, so the numbers are way up, which makes handicapping SOS vs. the pass a bigger challenge than ever. Rushing SOS is easier to decipher, but then you get into all the committees and dual backfields, which complicates matters. But clearly, more stock should be put on rushing SOS analysis than passing SOS analysis.

As usual, I arrive at my projected SOS by assigning a number grade to each defense against the run and the pass. I then average out all the grades for both for all 32 teams and then rank them from lowest grade to highest for both the run and the pass. That’s how I arrive [...]

An early look at your 2012 approach

Most of us love the NFL off-season, and we are following things more closely than ever. But since the league is harder than ever to handicap, it is tougher for me to come up with a lot of insight this early in the year.

I definitely have some interesting thoughts that I’m still forming, but as far as getting a good handle on the 2012 season, we’re still in a bit of a holding pattern, since we’re just under two weeks away from the NFL draft.

I’m certainly not ready to make many profound statements until at least after the draft, but I did have an interesting discussion with the guys in the office yesterday, which I thought I’d share here.

I’ve been saying it for years, and we should all know by now that fantasy football is all about impact players, regardless of position. There used to be a time when a solid (but far from flashy) contributor was still a great asset, but I’m not sure about that anymore. These days, anyone who doesn’t make a legit impact most weeks is probably in a RBBC or on a team with a lot of options at receiver, so you can’t really rely [...]

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