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Welcome to Brew Crew Corner. Most of us have drafted, are in the middle of drafts or will be drafting in the near future. We are just weeks away from the start of the season and every bit of information we can get will help us get prepared. This week we will take a look at strength of schedule as it relates to the quarterback position in the first month of the season. Every quarterback situation is different, but it is good to know which quarterbacks will have a better chance at starting the season hot and which quarterbacks will struggle out of the gate.
There are a number of strategies you can use when looking at the pass strength of schedule (SOS) for the quarterback position.
Here are my six strategies:
Strategy #1: Always start your stud quarterback. Seems pretty simple, you draft a quarterback early in a draft, so use him.
If you don’t have a stud, draft two quarterbacks that you can play matchups with. For instance, you have Matt Ryan and Alex Smith as your quarterbacks. You could play Alex Smith week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks and week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs while starting Matt Ryan week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals and week 4 against the
Strategy #3: Trade the hot quarterback to a needy owner. Kyle Orton has the fourth-easiest pass SOS to start the season. If he plays well you can trade him to an owner that needs a quarterback before Orton’s schedule becomes difficult.
Strategy #4: Trade for a struggling quarterback that will play better. Joe Flacco’s SOS will be difficult at the start of the season as he will face the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers early. If he struggles to put up big fantasy points, you could swing a trade for him and reap the benefits when he does start to light it up.
A quarterback with a hot hand early can boost a receiver’s value. Jason Campbell has the fifth-easiest SOS. Let’s say for example, this schedule allows Darrius Heyward-Bey to put up some good fantasy stats. You can trade him before
Look for frustrated owners for trades.
It’s after week 4 and Brandon Marshall has struggled against the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and New England Patriots. This is a prime time to make a play for
Strategy #7: Monitor the waiver wire. If you play in a smaller league where quarterbacks will still be available on the waiver, keep an eye out for injuries, struggles or hot streaks. If Josh Freeman plays top-notch in the first three weeks, you can pick him up to replace your QB2 or use him for trade bait. Another scenario is your next opponent losses Flacco and will be looking for Marc Bulger to replace him. If you grab him first then he will have to find another option to start against you when you play. It’s playing defense to help your offense.
This chart below list the SOS for each quarterback as well as the teams they face for the first four weeks of the season.
Plan your quarterback strategy accordingly. Next week we will look at the runningback SOS for the start of the season.
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