Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the WR 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.
Consider Smith a weak play as a fantasy WR3 or flex against a New Orleans defense that yielded the eighth-fewest fantasy points to enemy wide outs since Week 10. Forget about the bad showing by the Saints defense on Monday Night Football; New Orleans usually plays well at the Superdome. Smith hasn’t scored since Week 7.
By playing in 16 games in 2012 it marked the first time in Smith’s career that he’s played in all 16 games in back-to-back seasons. The Panthers failed to address the lack of depth at the wide receiver position, so, once again, Smith will be the only game in town. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has stated that he plans on giving the 34-year old Smith some extra days off during the season in order to keep him fresh and for that we thank him.