Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the QB 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.
While Dalton deserves credit for avoiding a sophomore slump and modestly improving his production across the board in 2012, fantasy owners should resist the temptation to bump the Bengals triggerman into the ranks of the fantasy QB1 passers. Dalton averaged a rock-solid 229 passing yards and 1.7 touchdown tosses per game, but the “Red Rifle” padded his stats with some soft matchups early in the season. For the second year in a row, Dalton slumped down the stretch. He topped 220 passing yards only once in five tougher season-ending matchups and didn’t throw multiple touchdown passes in any of them. With stud A.J. Green, a healthy Mohamed Sanu, rookie Tyler Eifert and veteran Jermaine Gresham fortifying Dalton’s solid supporting cast, the Bengals likely will open up the offense for him. Will we see an uptick in Dalton’s numbers? Yes. But Dalton, who turns 26 in October, doesn’t have the physical skills to become an elite quarterback. He has average-at-best arm strength and suspect field vision. Draft Dalton only as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback. Let somebody else reach for him.