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.
The surprising play of the then-rookie third-round pick was an unpleasant surprise for Ray Rice owners last season. From Week 9 through Week 17, Pierce came on strong, touching the ball an average of nine total times per contest on the way to rolling up 410 rushing yards and one rushing score. He will receive at least that many touches per game in 2013 as part of a permanent backfield timeshare with Rice. Breaking down Pierce’s numbers, 108 of his 115 total touches were rushing attempts, and he tallied 532 rushing yards on the season, which obviously explains the unwelcomed dip in Rice’s rushing stats across the board. However, Pierce only scored once and caught just seven passes, so it looks like the Ravens will continue to lean on Rice in scoring and third-down situations. Pierce is obviously a must-draft handcuff for Rice owners.