Fantasy Football 2011: Kicker Strength of Schedule

Nick Sero@@thesportscannonCorrespondent IIIJuly 6, 2011

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Jason Hanson #4 of the Detroit Lions kicks-off against the Chicago Bears during the NFL season opening game at Soldier Field on September 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 19-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The fantasy football season is quickly approaching, and it is time to get your fantasy football cheat sheets together.

Although there is still a lot of time before the NFL season kicks off (IF it kicks off), it is never too early to do your homework.

These are just the first rounds of fantasy football strength of schedules, and there will undoubtedly be some developments during the offseason that will shake up the rankings.

How the SOS is calculated: Every year when we get together to make our fantasy football positional rankings, projections and cheat sheet, we have to take a few variables in to mind.

We calculate fantasy football strength of schedules for certain players and teams, for example. In years past we have looked at the average points allowed per position per team to determine whose schedule puts them in position for the most success.

This year we will be going one step further, calculating points against averages based on home and away games.

How does this affect the SOS compared to years passed? Take for example, the Dallas Cowboys, who allowed nearly 10 more points per game to opposing quarterbacks playing in Dallas.

Their secondary must be getting caught checking out the big screen. On the other hand, a team like the Jets was stellar at home, but allowed almost three times as many points to opposing quarterbacks when they are on the road. 

As the season progresses, you will be able to see the change in SOS as we continue to tweak the projections. Players will move in free agency and affect the strength of their respective defenses, and that affect will be reflected in the SOS.


Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule: Kicker 1.0

A kicker can win you a week and seldom will lose you one. It is rare a kicker will stay on one fantasy team all year as most teams pick up the kicker with the best matchup that week.

Now you can know which kicker will be most valuable on the waiver wire throughout the season. But please remember, don’t draft a kicker until the last round!


The Toughest

1. Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions

2. Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

3. Matt Prater, Denver Broncos

4. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

5. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

6. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

7. Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins

8. Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs

9. Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers

10. John Kasay, Carolina Panthers


The Easiest

1. Clint Stitser, Cincinnati Bengals

2. Jeff Reed, San Francisco 49ers

3. Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers

4. Jay Feely, Arizona Cardinals

5. Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns

6. Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants

7. Olindo Mare, Seattle Seahawks

8. David Akers, Philadelphia Eagles

9. Josh Brown, St. Louis Rams

10. Billy Cundiff, Baltimore Ravens


Nick Sero is a fantasy sports expert and regular columnist at Make sure to follow TSC on Facebook and Twitter.


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