Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the LB 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.
Nicholas got off to a hot start in 2012, tallying 35 tackles over the first four games of the season. The seventh-year veteran cooled way off but finished with a career-high 97 stops, good for a solid IDP LB4 finish in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring. Assuming that Nicholas can hold off Akeem Dent for nickel snaps again this year, he's a good bet to have similar IDP value in 2013.