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.
Williams (quadriceps) was inactive last week. At last check late Wednesday morning, he was tentatively expected to play. During the last month, the Saints defense allowed an average of 77 rushing yards per game and two rushing scores to enemy running backs. If you also factor in Williams’ inconsistent role in Carolina’s committee backfield, there is little reason to trust him as a starter on your playoff fantasy team. UPDATE 12/7: Williams (quadriceps) took part in a full practice Friday. He is listed as PROBABLE.
The 30-year-old Williams is no longer consistently productive, and he is starting to slow down. Those are the two main reasons why Carolina's all-time leading rusher lost his starting job to Jonathan Stewart six weeks into 2012, but the Panthers' banged-up offensive line and very questionable commitment to the run early in the season also played a role in Williams' struggles. The eighth-year pro padded his stats during five season-ending spot-starts, which included a huge outing (210 rushing yards and two touchdowns) in Week 17 against a porous New Orleans Saints defense. The needle is pointing down for Williams' 2013 fantasy prospects. He will tote the rock as the No. 2 runner in a very crowded backfield that includes Stewart, Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton. In addition, Williams rarely receives goal-line carries and seldom catches passes. Assuming Stewart stays healthy, Williams has just handcuff/depth value. Since Stewart is coming off surgery on both ankles and may not be ready for Week 1, Williams could end up being the lead dog in the backfield as a spot-starter.