Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the RB 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.
Although Williams finished 2012 as only Arizona’s fourth-most productive rusher, he will square off against Rashard Mendenhall in training camp for the starting tailback job. However, Williams looks like a huge underdog in the competition. Mendenhall racked up the three best seasons of his career (2009, 2010 and 2011) when new Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was the play-caller for the Pittsburgh Steelers offense. Mendenhall obviously knows Arians’ scheme, and fantasy owners know Arians prefers a feature-back approach over a committee. The diminutive Williams (5-foot-9, 207 pounds) has big-play ability and first-round talent, but he averaged a dismal 2.8 yards per carry for five games before a fractured left shoulder ended his 2012 campaign. By the way, Williams missed his entire 2011 rookie season because of a knee injury, and he never has scored a NFL touchdown. Unless Williams unexpectedly wins the job, he will have only weak handcuff fantasy appeal.