Every day (might skip a day here or there) this month (and into February if needed), I’m going to take a quick look at the 2017 schedule for each team and make some knee-jerk commentary. We know the teams at this point, but we don’t know the layout…nor do we know what will happen in free agency, trades, or the draft. However, we’ll look at each team (randomly) and I’ll give an initial take for those planning dynasty offseasons and getting ready for best-ball drafts, etc.
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First Look/Analysis of the 2017 Schedule (for Dynasty-Fantasy): San Francisco
Rotation: AFC South, NFC East
One-offs: Carolina and Chicago
It’s so hard to make heads or tails of the 49ers with their 2017 schedule because of a new coach, new scheme, new QB (whoever it might be).
Their NFC West schedule is tough enough to face for a passer + the WRs, but then add in an improving AFC South pass defense with HOU and JAC plus the rise of DAL and NYG in the NFC East with CAR as part of their one-off rotation…it’s not going to be good for whoever the QB is here.
For Carlos Hyde it’s pretty stout – again, the NFC West is rough enough. They have Dallas and Carolina too – both were top 2016 run defenses. NYG and Tennessee had top 10 run defenses in 2016. Given the surrounding talent and 2017 schedule…it’s not great for Hyde. BUT Hyde is the kind of runner that can overcome that…as he did in 2016, for the most part.
The 49ers have some young defensive talent, but it was such an injured, mismanaged mess last season…who is looking at them as a sleeper DST in 2017? The offenses/QBs they face are more difficult than favorable. No sleeper story in 2017 likely for the 49ers DST.
This 2017 schedule is probably a 3–5 win schedule for a rebuilding 49ers team.
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