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 either Thad Lewis or Case Keenum will get the start for the Texans, the team obviously will lean on Foster as much as possible. However, his matchup against a Baltimore Ravens defense that gave up just 57 rushing yards per game and only one rushing touchdown to opposing running backs during the last month is a toughie. Based on the high number of combo touches that Foster usually receives, he still should compile a decent fantasy outing. Foster owners will need to dial down their expectations a bit though.
Foster saw his 2013 season come to an end after only eight games due to a back injury that required surgery last November. That's the bad news. The good news is that Foster has been medically cleared and will be ready for training camp. More good news is that Foster actually looked sharp and fresh last season. The shaky quarterback situation in Houston could allow defenses to stack the box in an effort to contain Foster and force the team to throw. After incurring a massive workload from 2010-2012, there is some concern that Foster could be wearing down as he's struggled with hamstring issues. The extended break and recovery time from back surgery should see him enter the 2014 season as healthy as he's been in recent years. The addition of former Giants running back Andre Brown is no threat to Foster's workload and he'll continue to be a three-down player. Look for a bounce-back season for the soon to be 28-year-old, but the days of Foster posting top-5 fantasy totals are over.
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