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.
Prior to his dud outing against the Seahawks, Thomas had been the most consistently productive Saints running back. However, we don’t expect a strong rebound outing against a Carolina defense that yielded the fifth-fewest fantasy points (along with just one rushing touchdown) to enemy running backs since Week 10. Consider Thomas a weak play as a low-end flex.
Although Thomas is the most versatile running back in the Saints’ three-headed backfield, he is utilized as just a backup. Thomas sometimes spells Mark Ingram as a first- and second-down runner and occasionally pinch hits for Darren Sproles in obvious passing situations. At 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, the sure-handed Thomas runs with decent power and can break tackles consistently. While he lacks a breakaway gear, the seventh-year pro has a good burst. If Ingram and Sproles are both healthy, Thomas’ touches vary wildly from week to week, which makes him too unreliable to trust as a fantasy starter. However, Thomas becomes a passable flex option, particularly in PPR leagues, if one of his two backfield mates has to sit out because of an injury.