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.
Coming off his best fantasy outing of 2013, Tate (ribs, ankle) draws a tougher-than-you-think Thursday night matchup against a Jacksonville defense that allowed only 59 rushing yards per game and two rushing touchdowns during the last month. Consider Tate a flex option this week.
Arian Foster’s backup is coming off a disappointing 2012 season. Nagging hamstring and foot injuries forced Tate to miss five games and hindered him in several others. Listed at 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, Tate is a powerful downhill runner with good speed and solid receiving skills. Foster is coming off a 351-carry season, which is why the Texans would like to lighten his rushing load by using Tate more frequently. During his career-best 2011 season, Tate averaged 12.5 total touches per game on his way to rolling up 942 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns on 175 carries (5.4 yards per carry) along with 13 grabs for 98 yards. Tate, who is entering a contract year, is a must-acquire handcuff for Foster owners. Tate is also one Foster long-term injury away from becoming a top-10 fantasy running back.