Fantasy Football Week 12 matchup rankings by position | Strength of schedule | Playoff matchups

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Welcome to the weekly fantasy football strength of schedule, or fantasy football matchup rankings, column. The word of the day is “APA,” which might make you say, “DAMN!” but it’s really for Adjusted Points Allowed. Essentially, it’s the “true” measure of the strength of schedule because it breaks matchups down by strength of opponent (positionally) faced each week.

The difference in a defense facing an elite player versus a basement talent will skew the fantasy points allowed for a team. APA adjusts for the previous opponents and gives us an “expected fantasy points allowed” to find the best and worst matchups. This is a truer and more accurate “strength of schedule.”

Quick bullet points to those who are new or general recap:

  • APA is my calculation involving stats, metrics and matchup situations to adjust for opponent.
  • These will get stronger and more predictive as the season rolls along.
  • Rankings are from best matchup (1 being the best) and most adjusted points allowed to the most worrisome matchup.
  • Use these to make tough calls with players close in start/sit choices.
    • Does *not* mean you bench a stud with a tough APA for a flier with a good matchup.
  • The TEAM is the one with the matchup. The OPP is the team they are facing and “+/-” is the difference from the positional average.
  • No DST since it’s wildly variable and lacks predictive value (one DST touchdown skews scoring too much).
  • This is also a good tool for DFS sleepers, players to avoid, etc.

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This is a stat table post, so comments won’t be monitored… but they still will be on all of my other pieces each week (waivers, rankings, etc.), so just drop your questions in there and I’ll get them!


Week 12 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule
Matchup Rankings (APA)

Quarterback Matchups

Running Back Matchups

Wide Receiver Matchups

Tight End Matchups


Average Playoff Matchup
Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule

Quarterback Matchups

Running Back Matchups

Wide Receiver Matchups

Tight End Matchups

Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

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