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.
If you put aside his two big fantasy outings (Week 4 and Week 10), Sproles’ production has been inconsistent and disappointing. During the last month, the Carolina defense has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to enemy running backs, which is another reason why we don’t recommend Sproles as a starter for your playoff fantasy team.
Even though he plays in a committee backfield and does more as a receiver than as a rusher, Sproles is a PPR league fantasy force in the high-octane New Orleans offense. But why did his production decline in 2012? When he was on the field, the lightning-quick 5-foot-6, 185-pound Sproles excelled as a receiver as usual, topping all NFL running backs in catches (75), receiving yards (667) and touchdown grabs (seven) for the second year in a row. However, the ninth-year pro sat out three games with a hand injury. And unlike 2011, Sproles was used only sporadically as a rusher, which is why his carries plummeted from 87 to just 48. With Saints head coach Sean Payton prowling the sidelines again after serving a one-year “Bountygate” suspension, Sproles’ overall use should be more consistent. In case you’ve forgotten, Sproles finished as the fifth-most productive fantasy running back in PPR leagues two years ago, which gives him sneaky upside. Although Sproles turned 30 in June, he should have another good season or two left in the tank.