by Russ Bliss (11/13/12)


Week 10 is over and by now you're most likely looking ahead to your fantasy playoffs! Knowing the fantasy football rankings for each defense and the amount of fantasy points they allow per game vs. both the run and through the air is important so you not only know which of your players have favorable, or unfavorable matchups, but also it's a great guide to know who to target for acquisition from both your free agent wire, and also from other teams in your league via trades.

Below is a graph showing all 32 NFL teams and their receiving matchups in weeks 14-16. These are usually the fantasy playoffs weeks in most leagues. I have also included off the right, the matchups for weeks 13 and 17 for those whose leagues either start their playoffs early, or end them in the dreaded week 17, when so many teams with important fantasy players have determined their playoff seeding and will likely be resting their players. Some leagues still go thru week 17 despite this and therefore I have included them for you to see how each team's matchup is thru then if yours does.

Now just because a team has very favorable matchups does not mean you should definitely go out and get the QB or WR's from that team. As you can see from the graph, the Rams and Browns own the 3rd and 4th best schedules vs. the pass in weeks 14-16. I certainly wouldn't want to have to be relying on Sam Bradford as my starting QB, or Greg Little as a WR, but it may not be bad to Bradford as a fantasy backup, or as part of a tandem where my team lacks a true stud starting QB. It also means I would really like to have Danny Amendola or Josh Gordon on my roster in case injuries happened.

It also helps identify the buy low candidates that could be great for you when it comes to winning your championship. As you can see, the Eagles face the 30th, 16th, and 31st ranked fantasy pass defenses. Well, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson haven't been producing much, but they quite possibly could those weeks with those matchups! Target them now for acquisition! Torrey Smith of Baltimore doesn't get nearly the recognition he deserves. With his 3 matchups, he could be the difference maker in your Championship run. Having him as one of your WR's would certainly be better than having Brandon Lloyd, Sidney Rice, or Malcom Floyd (San Diego faces 3 top 10 fantasy pass defenses these 3 weeks).

Now it doesn't mean you trade away a stud like A.J. Green just because he has the second worst matchups those weeks. Green is a stud and can produce his numbers against any team any week. But it does mean you are prepared in case Green gets injured. Having great matchups to play when your studs are injured is a way to make sure you're still in position to win despite not having your best players.

Fantasy Football is about preparation and luck. And good prep puts you in the best position to have good luck. Bad luck will stomp all your good prep into the ground, but that's why there are no sure things in fantasy. But if you've done good prep, and you still lose, at least you know it wasn't because you slacked off.

By examining this list, you'll be able to figure out who you should be trading for, and who you should be avoiding. And remember, this list uses the simple generic formula of 1 point per every 10 receiving yards allowed and 6 points for every rushing TD allowed divided by the number of games each defense has played.


Overall

Receiving matchups

14

15

16

Totals


13

17










1

Philadelphia Eagles









opponent

TB

CIN

WAS



DAL

NYG


FP/PG

43.8

33.51

44.51

121.82


28.66

37.82


Rank

30

16

31

77


4

25










2

Baltimore Ravens









opponent

WAS

DEN

NYG



PIT

CIN


FP/PG

44.51

34.81

37.82

117.14


25.4

33.51


Rank

31

19

25

75


1

16










3

St. Louis Rams









opponent

BUF

MIN

TB



SF

SEA


FP/PG

37.97

34.94

43.8

116.71


26.32

26.75


Rank

27

20

30

77


2

3










4

Cleveland Browns









opponent

KC

WAS

DEN



OAK

PIT


FP/PG

34.52

44.51

34.81

113.84


37.89

25.4


Rank

18

31

19

68


26

1










5

Houston Texans









opponent

NE

IND

MIN



TEN

IND


FP/PG

42.48

34.37

34.94

111.79


39.61

34.37


Rank

29

17

20

66


28

17










6

Tampa Bay Buccaneers









opponent

PHI

NO

STL



DEN

ATL


FP/PG

32.91

44.91

32.78

110.6


34.81

32.36


Rank

15

32

14

61


19

12










7

New Orleans Saints









opponent

NYG

TB

DAL



ATL

CAR


FP/PG

37.82

43.8

28.66

110.28


32.36

31.93


Rank

25

30

4

59


12

10










8

New York Giants









opponent

NO

ATL

BAL



WAS

PHI


FP/PG

44.91

32.36

32.36

109.63


44.51

32.91


Rank

32

12

12

56


31

15










9

Jacksonville Jaguars









opponent

NYJ

MIA

NE



BUF

TEN


FP/PG

29.3

37.51

42.48

109.29


37.97

39.61


Rank

6

24

29

59


27

28










10

Kansas City Chiefs









opponent

CLE

OAK

IND



CAR

DEN


FP/PG

36.58

37.89

34.37

108.84


31.93

34.81


Rank

23

26

17

66


10

19










11

Denver Broncos









opponent

OAK

BAL

CLE



TB

KC


FP/PG

37.89

32.36

36.58

106.83


43.8

34.52


Rank

26

12

23

61


30

18










12

San Francisco 49ers









opponent

MIA

NE

SEA



STL

AZ


FP/PG

37.51

42.48

26.75

106.74


32.78

29.99


Rank

24

29

3

56


14

8










13

New York Jets









opponent

JAC

TEN

SD



AZ

BUF


FP/PG

31.67

39.61

35.07

106.35


29.99

37.97


Rank

9

28

21

58


8

27










14

Carolina Panthers









opponent

ATL

SD

OAK



KC

NO


FP/PG

32.36

35.07

37.89

105.32


34.52

44.91


Rank

12

21

26

59


18

32










15

Indianapolis Colts









opponent

TEN

HOU

KC



DET

HOU


FP/PG

39.61

29.84

34.52

103.97


32.12

29.84


Rank

28

7

18

53


11

7










16

Dallas Cowboys









opponent

CIN

PIT

NO



PHI

WAS


FP/PG

33.51

25.4

44.91

103.82


32.91

44.51


Rank

16

1

32

49


15

31










17

Atlanta Falcons









opponent

CAR

NYG

DET



NO

TB


FP/PG

31.93

37.82

32.12

101.87


44.91

43.8


Rank

10

25

11

46


32

30










18

Washington Redskins









opponent

BAL

CLE

PHI



NYG

DAL


FP/PG

32.36

36.58

32.91

101.85


37.82

28.66


Rank

12

23

15

50


25

4










19

Oakland Raiders









opponent

DEN

KC

CAR



CLE

SD


FP/PG

34.81

34.52

31.93

101.26


36.58

35.07


Rank

19

18

10

47


23

21










20

Green Bay Packers









opponent

DET

CHI

TEN



MIN

MIN


FP/PG

32.12

28.86

39.61

100.59


34.94

34.94


Rank

11

5

28

44


20

20










21

Chicago Bears









opponent

MIN

GB

AZ



SEA

DET


FP/PG

34.94

35.27

29.99

100.2


26.75

32.12


Rank

20

22

8

50


3

11










22

Tennessee Titans









opponent

IND

NYJ

GB



HOU

JAC


FP/PG

34.37

29.3

35.27

98.94


29.84

31.67


Rank

17

6

22

45


7

9










23

Detroit Lions









opponent

GB

AZ

ATL



IND

CHI


FP/PG

35.27

29.99

32.36

97.62


34.37

28.86


Rank

22

8

12

42


17

5










24

Pittsburgh Steelers









opponent

SD

DAL

CIN



BAL

CLE


FP/PG

35.07

28.66

33.51

97.24


32.36

36.58


Rank

21

4

16

41


12

23










25

Buffalo Bills









opponent

STL

SEA

MIA



JAC

NYJ


FP/PG

32.78

26.75

37.51

97.04


31.67

29.3


Rank

14

3

24

41


9

6










26

Miami Dolphins









opponent

SF

JAC

BUF



NE

NE


FP/PG

26.32

31.67

37.97

95.96


42.48

42.48


Rank

2

9

27

38


29

29










27

Seattle Seahawks









opponent

AZ

BUF

SF



CHI

STL


FP/PG

29.99

37.97

26.32

94.28


28.86

32.78


Rank

8

27

2

37


5

14










28

Minnesota Vikings









opponent

CHI

STL

HOU



GB

GB


FP/PG

28.86

32.78

29.84

91.48


35.27

35.27


Rank

5

14

7

26


22

22










29

New England Patriots









opponent

HOU

SF

JAC



MIA

MIA


FP/PG

29.84

26.32

31.67

87.83


37.51

37.51


Rank

7

2

9

18


24

24










30

Arizona Cardinals









opponent

SEA

DET

CHI



NYJ

SF


FP/PG

26.75

32.12

28.86

87.73


29.3

26.32


Rank

3

11

5

19


6

2










31

Cincinnati Bengals









opponent

DAL

PHI

PIT



SD

BAL


FP/PG

28.66

32.91

25.4

86.97


35.07

32.36


Rank

4

15

1

20


21

12










32

San Diego Chargers









opponent

PIT

CAR

NYJ



CIN

OAK


FP/PG

25.4

31.93

29.3

86.63


33.51

37.89


Rank

1

10

6

17


16

26