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.
Although Charles’ inconsistent week-to-week usage last season understandably gave his fantasy owners heartburn, the talented dual-threat runner still finished as the eighth-most productive fantasy running back in both standard scoring and PPR scoring formats. Rebounding nicely after his injury-shortened 2011 season (torn ACL), Charles racked up career highs in carries (285) and rushing yards (1,509) on his way to finishing sixth among all runners in total touches (320) and fourth in total yards (1,745). With offensive-minded new head coach Andy Reid calling the plays, the 26-year-old Charles should receive a more consistent workload each week. At 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, he is a shifty-quick runner who can turn any carry or catch into a long scoring run. Although Charles’ carries and rushing yards likely will dip, we should see a big uptick in the sixth-year pro’s receiving stats. Running backs usually catch a lot of passes in Reid’s offenses, and it’s a safe bet that new Chiefs starting quarterback Alex Smith, who is known as a game-manager, frequently will dump the ball off to Charles. He should be among the first running backs selected in all fantasy drafts.