Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the QB position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
Newton draws a very challenging road matchup in a critical NFC South divisional clash. Forget about the New Orleans defense that you saw on Monday Night Football. The Saints usually play very well at home; they’ve allowed only seven touchdown passes so far this season at the Superdome. During the last month, New Orleans surrendered an average of 214.3 passing yards and 1.5 touchdown passes per contest. Dial down your expectations for Newton this week.
Many fantasy owners are still angry at the studly Newton for his half-season 2012 sophomore slump, but it looks like the dual-threat quarterback’s struggles weren’t entirely his fault. Carolina ran way too many read-option schemes instead of using the running game to set up play-action passing for Newton, which he thrived on as a rookie. When the Panthers supported Newton with a stronger and more consistent rushing attack down the stretch, he rebounded with some huge games, finishing as a top-five fantasy quarterback for the second year in a row. Although Newton has a rocket arm, he compiles only mediocre passing stats. Since 2011, he has averaged 248 passing yards and 1.3 touchdown passes per contest while utilizing top targets Steve Smith and Greg Olsen. But it’s the 6-foot-5, 248-pound Newton’s impressive rushing numbers that boost his weekly fantasy point totals. During his two years in a Panthers uniform, Newton has scored 22 rushing touchdowns in 32 games played and averaged 45 rushing yards per contest. The 24-year-old Newton should come off the draft board after the elite fantasy passers are gone. Since there is always built-in injury risk with scrambling quarterbacks, make sure you draft a solid backup.