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.
Throughout the preseason, the Vikings have been telling us that new backup Matt Cassel will not compete for the starting job, and Ponder is their No. 1 guy. But the disappointing Ponder needs to show some dramatic improvement, or his third season as the starter in Minnesota likely will be his last. The Vikings triggerman was woefully inconsistent in 2012. He tossed multiple touchdown passes in just six games and failed to toss a scoring strike in five other contests. There is plenty of talent around Ponder, so he doesn’t have any excuses in that department. Veteran Greg Jennings and rookie Cordarrelle Paterson join Kyle Rudolph in the receiver corps. Adrian Peterson and the five linemen who blocked for him last season are all returning, too. The team probably will try to give Ponder time to build some chemistry with newcomers Jennings and Patterson. But if Ponder slumps again like he did last season, we probably will see Cassel handing off to Peterson. Unless Ponder surprises, he won’t have much fantasy appeal.