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.
Even though the Saints suffered a down 2012 mostly because of head coach Sean Payton’s year-long “Bountygate” suspension, the longtime-stud Brees still topped the NFL in passing yards and scoring strikes for the second year in a row. From 2011 through 2012, he threw for an average of 333 yards and 2.8 touchdown passes per contest, and compiled an 89:33 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Relying on his lively, accurate arm and a deep supporting cast led by Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, the Saints triggerman has been racking up huge passing numbers in New Orleans’ high-octane offense since 2006, and No. 9 has missed just one regular-season game. Although the 34-year-old Brees, a prototypical pocket passer, does next to nothing as a runner, nobody seems to care. The return of Payton likely will energize Brees and the entire team, not that Brees needs any extra motivating. With most of his supporting cast returning – Joe Morgan is expected to replace Devery Henderson as the situational deep threat – only an injury can stop the reliable Brees from finishing as a top-five fantasy quarterback for the eighth year in a row.