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.
As you probably know, Richardson was demoted to second string last week. He played just 13 snaps in a change-of-pace role behind Donald Brown during the Colts’ loss to the Titans. Assuming Brown starts for the rest of the season, Richardson offers only weak handcuff value.
Although Richardson closed out his 2012 rookie season as the fantasy RB10/standard scoring and as the fantasy RB7/PPR scoring, more had been expected. Keep in mind that Richardson toiled away on the NFL’s 25th-rated offense with nagging rib and knee injuries during the second half of the season. He still finished seventh among all running backs in total touches (318) and 13th in total yards (1,317). Only two running backs scored more total touchdowns than Richardson (13), and he ranked sixth among all runners in catches (51). Richardson will serve as the centerpiece of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s attack this season. Turner has an excellent track record of molding running backs into stud workhorses, which is why Richardson has some great upside. The physically gifted dual-threat Richardson is thickly built (5-foot-9, 224 pounds), powerful and fast (4.5 speed), and he’ll run behind a very good offensive line. However, he comes with growing durability concerns. Since entering the league, Richardson has had two knee scopes, two broken ribs, migraines and a shin injury that is expected to keep him out until the beginning of training camp. If healthy, the risk/reward Richardson is a safe bet to touch the ball at least 300 total times in an up-and-coming offense.