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.
Since DeAngelo Williams (quad) is expected to return, don’t expect change-of-pace/goal-line specialist Tolbert to match his 12-touch workload from last week. The touchdown-dependent Tolbert draws a tough road matchup against a New Orleans defense that ceded an average of 77 rushing yards per game and two rushing scores during the last month. We don’t recommend him as a starter for your playoff fantasy team.
After signing a four-year, $10 million contract with the Panthers last offseason, Tolbert averaged an anemic five total touches per game in 2012. However, when Jonathan Stewart missed five season-ending contests because of ankle injuries, the 5-foot-9, 243-pound Tolbert played extra snaps and was used as a goal-line specialist. He racked up five rushing touchdowns, which all came on one-yard runs. Tolbert, a sixth-year pro, is fourth in line for touches in a mega-crowded backfield that includes Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Cam Newton. Unless either Stewart or Williams misses time because of an injury, Tolbert’s week-to-week workload will be too unpredictable to trust him as a fantasy starter. Tolbert is worth a late-round flier for depth in larger leagues.