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.
Since the Broncos already have dubbed rookie second-round pick Montee Ball as the lead dog in their backfield, Hillman is now expected to share backup touches with Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno. Last season, the speedy 5-foot-9, 200-pound Hillman struggled with inside running (3.9 yards per carry) and blitz protection, which actually was the bigger problem of the two. The Broncos weren’t going to trust a running back who couldn’t block for Peyton Manning. This explains why Hillman received fewer than 10 total touches most weeks, even when Willis McGahee missed a stretch of six season-ending contests with a knee injury. Hillman’s long-term fantasy prospects look severely limited, because Ball is expected to receive regular third-down touches. If Ball misses starts due to an injury, the Broncos likely will replace him with a McGahee/Moreno/Hillman committee. Hillman offers only low-end reserve fantasy value.