The 2020 NFL Schedule has been released! If you missed it, look at it and take it in 2020 NFL Schedule. We knew who was playing who but now we know when all those games will be played. Which for fantasy football is helpful to know which teams may have a preferred start or end of the season to assist with some of those close call decisions we may have on a player. I use strength of schedule for a player as a way to decide on selecting a players after accessing their ability, availability, opportunity and consistency. It’s definitely not an initial deciding factor on if I select a player to my fantasy football team but can be helpful.
While I use teams that have given up the most points (seems most logical/likely for players to score points against teams that give them up most) as a barometer, it’s not to say that a team just finds a way against a team that doesn’t tend to give up as many points. Last year, the Arizona Cardinals were able to accomplish it twice against the San Francisco 49ers (a very strong defensive unit). Before then the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams played in a high points affair when the Rams were a pretty stellar defense. Good offenses can still find a way to points even if the match-up may be tougher. Although if a team is found to give up a lot of points, then the teams playing that team should have an edge in finding success in fantasy football and probably real football too.
So lets take a look at how the 2020 NFL Schedule impacts various teams in regards to fantasy football.
Teams Likely to Give Up the Most Points in the 2020 NFL Season
- Las Vegas Raiders
- Detroit Lions
- NY Giants
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Arizona Cardinals
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Carolina Panthers
- Miami Dolphins
- NY Jets
- Cleveland Browns
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Washington Redskins
I came up with the above list by referencing the below image of the top 12 teams over the last 5 years that gave up the most points each year. Highlighting those teams that stayed on from the previous years list. I am betting I have a few more teams from 2019 than I should on my 2020 list but as of now that is where my head is going. It certainly could adjust by the time the 2020 NFL season does get underway. They are listed from most confident (1) to least (12). The Texans, Packers, Falcons and Colts are other teams that I could see making this not so great list depending how things break for them in 2020.
Teams with a favorable start
Below are teams that play 3 of the teams I think are most likely to give up the most points in the 2020 NFL season (above list) within the first 4 games of their season. So if you have some close calls and need help deciding on players between teams, review below.
- Arizona Cardinals – Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers
- Buffalo Bills – NY Jets, Miami Dolphins, Las Vegas Raiders
- Carolina Panthers – Las Vegas Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals
- Los Angeles Chargers – Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- New Orleans Saints – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Las Vegas Raiders, Detroit Lions
- San Francisco 49ers – Arizona Cardinals, NY Jets, NY Giants
Below are teams that play 2 of the teams I think are most likely to give up the most points in the 2020 NFL season within the first 4 games of their season.
- Baltimore Ravens – Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins
- Chicago Bears – Detroit Lions, NY Giants
- Cleveland Browns – Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Green Bay Packers – Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Indianapolis Colts – Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals
- New England Patriots – Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders
- Philadelphia Eagles – Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals
- Washington Redskins – Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns
Teams with a favorable schedule
The Los Angeles Chargers play the most of the teams likely to give up the most points for the 2020 NFL Season as they have 8 games against those teams. The following teams have 7 games against the teams likely to give up the most points for 2020 NFL Season: Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. If you have close calls with players, maybe lean towards ones that play on these referenced teams.
Teams Bye Weeks
|5||Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers|
|6||Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks|
|7||Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans|
|8||Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins|
|9||Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles|
|10||Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers|
|11||Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers|
|13||Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
2020 NFL Schedule Final Thoughts
It is tough to predict exactly which teams will give up the most points in a given year. It is initially based on previous history and will take shape as the 2020 NFL Season unfolds. Now that the 2020 NFL Schedule is out, we can see how opportune the first couple games are, where bye weeks line up and when exactly teams are playing each other.
Although playing against a team that is likely going to give up some of the most points in the league should leave opportunity for your players getting Touchdowns. While seeing opportunity for a good portion of Targets as well. If you believe a player is in line for either, you know I would be interested in them!
If you missed the 2020 Post NFL Draft post from last week give it a look as you get your mind focused on fantasy football opportunities!
I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy!
Reference the Targets and TDs pages to see who had the opportunities and end-zone appearances through the 2019 regular season. If you enjoyed the article please share it with others (via the social media links).