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.
The engine that powers the Texans’ run-heavy offense is coming off his third straight dominant campaign. Foster closed out 2012 as the third-most productive fantasy running back in most scoring formats. He finished first in the NFL with a career-high in carries (351), sixth in rushing yards (1,424), first in rushing touchdowns (15), first in total touches (391), sixth in total yards (1,641) and first in total touchdowns (17). At 6-foot-1, 224 pounds, the dual-threat Foster runs with surprising power. Although he lacks big-play speed, this gliding, downhill rusher is difficult to contain when Houston’s trademark zone-blocking running attack is clicking on all cylinders. Since Foster became a regular starter in 2010, he has been an absolute workhorse, averaging 25 total touches, 127 total yards and one total touchdown per contest. Because Foster, who turns 27 in August, has averaged 372 total touches per season during the last three years, the Texans are expected to reduce his workload. But backup Ben Tate won’t steal enough touches to impact Foster’s RB1 status. The elite runner is a top-five pick as usual. Update: Foster suffered a strained calf in OTAs and will sit out until training camp. This is a red flag for an overworked runner who has a history of leg ailments.