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 Lions are woeful vs. the pass and before last week's snow storm, have been lights out lately vs. the run. This looks like a game the Ravens feature the passing game, so we recommend looking elsewhere if possible.
Although Rice had a down 2012 by his lofty standards, the Ravens’ top offensive player still finished as a top-six fantasy running back in most scoring systems for the fourth year in a row. Rice remained a force as a receiver, finishing second among all running backs in catches (61) and fourth in receiving yards (478). However, his role in Baltimore’s ground game declined. Rice ranked a disappointing 14th among all backs in carries, 11th in rushing yards and 10th in rushing touchdowns. It looks like the lower-than-expected rushing numbers are likely the new normal for him. Why? Backup Bernard Pierce played himself into a permanent timeshare with Rice, averaging 10 total touches per game, mostly as a rusher, from Week 10 through Week 17. Bottom line: Rice has slipped from fantasy stud status to very-good-running-back status. The diminutive 5-foot-8, 212-pound Rice is a speedy big-play threat and a very capable between-the-tackles runner. Rice, who is only 26, has averaged an impressive 70 catches per season since 2009, so he usually will give you something as a receiver. The departure of Boldin should lead to more work in the passing game for Rice, which should help offset his lower rushing numbers.