Defense Strength Against (DA)/ Strength of Schedule (SOS) -AFC WEST

Defense Data

Defense Against (DA)/ Strength of Schedule (SOS). 


Given the unknowns we are presenting our series of each group and their SOS. We use the SOS deferentially.

Early in the Drafting Season we look at our SOS landscapes illustrated by our charts. See the Tables Below. We identify big pictures on the division. (Good, Average, Hard). We look into the Teams in a chart form and have assigned a scale number from 60 (EASY) to 100 (HARD) to each opponent. 

We are looking to predict several things:

A) the "fate flow" of the team. - Even, E or H early, E or H mid, and E or H in playoff weeks (14 to 16 ish). We included week 17 in case you need that.

B) We look for "slides" or "climbs". Slides are a series of 4 easy teams to face while climbs are 4 hard teams to face.

C) We grade the Playoff weeks for a pattern EEE to HHH or in-between.

We believe that climbs and slides can be signals to use the waiver wire, trade, drop players. It is not the only source of signals but should add to your FOR/AGAINST evidence for testing multiple hypothesis. See my ground breaking blog on that never before published concept.

We believe that Fate Flow/ Playoff patterns, climbs and slides all can be noted on your draft board and can be used in breaking ties between players. I use the old colored pencils on my ranks.

In all these next Blogs on the DA/SOS we present the overall numbers.Table 1 is the Overall Numbers for the SOS numbers. The ALL Table shows a median number for all teams at 80 with the average at 79.3 +- 8.7 SD. So 66% of the data should fall between 70.6 and 88. So remember this and really key on situations above or below those numbers.

AFC numbers 79.6 +- 8.46  and NFC is 79.8 +- 8.9. Not much here.

AFC Divisions     1) North  is   82.2
                           2) East    is    79.5
                           3) West   is   78.7
                           4) South  is at 76.5

So I have placed these in order from harder to easier. AFC South vs AFC North could be a for sure tie breaker. I am looking for sleepers in the South vs downgrading those in the North.

NFC Divisions    1) West  is 82.2
                           2) North is 80
                           3) East  is 77.9
                           4) South is 75.4

So I have placed these in order from harder to easier. NFC West vs NFC South and East as well.
Use these as general guides to grade out your players.

Table 1 SOS Average with SD and Median for ALL, AFC, NFC and their Divisions. 

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Table 2. Defense Strength Against -AFC WEST OAK and SD

These 4 teams have about a 79 SOS except for DEN with a 77 (easier). 

OAK is a team with 4 of 5 Hard games into their Bye but weeks 7 to 10 they have a good stretch and that is marked in the bottom chart. They then roll into the playoff HEH. The Playoffs are HHA. Not alot for goodness here in terms of SOS.

The SD team has 2 Hard games in the first 2 weeks. They then have a good Average stretch for weeks 3 to 5. They then roll into a hit or miss set of 4 games into the BYE HEHE pattern. Coming out of the BYE they have HAH and for the playoff they have HHE. I do see the easy week 16 game and they could be a facotr in your playoff planning. 


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Table 3. Defense Strength Against -AFC WEST  DEN and KC

DEN has a 3 Hard game series and hits a AEH pattern into the week 7 bye. Week 8 to 13 they have a up and down pattern from HAHAHA. The Playoff are EAH and a stretch that is favorable exist from week 13 to 16. So that is a situation to know for your playoff planning.

KC has a Hard 4 game set followed by a good 4 game stretch into the BYE. Out of the bye they have a up down pattern HAHE and their playoff is AHA pattern. That is favorable situation.

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