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.
When the strong-armed and mobile Roethlisberger was on the field in 2012, he looked sharp. The Pittsburgh triggerman averaged 265 passing yards and two touchdown passes per game in 12 full contests played. But the injury-prone Roethlisberger missed three mid-season contests and part of a fourth due to a scary rib injury. It looks like Big Ben’s production is going to decline in 2013. The departure of electric deep-threat Mike Wallace is a huge blow to the Steelers passing attack. From 2010 through 2012, Wallace amassed 31 percent of Roethlisberger’s passing yards and caught 40 percent of his touchdown passes. Thirty-year-old Heath Miller, who hauled in eight scoring strikes and finished second on the team in receiving yards, is coming off a torn ACL and may not be 100 percent all season. The smallish Antonio Brown is expected to be the featured receiver. But the unproven Emmanuel Sanders will take Wallace’s old spot, and speedy rookie Markus Wheaton probably will edge out Jerricho Cotchery for slot duties at some point. Durability is always a concern with Roethlisberger; he has missed nine regular-season games since 2008. Roethlisberger looks like a slightly risky fantasy QB2 selection.