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 Denver head coach John Fox has a reputation for not trusting rookies, there is little reason to doubt that second-rounder Ball will open the season as the Broncos’ starting tailback. Listed at 5-foot-10, 214 pounds, Ball is a proven workhorse. During his final two seasons at Wisconsin, Ball amassed 3,753 rushing yards and 55 rushing touchdowns on 663 carries (5.7 yards per rush). The NCAA all-time touchdown leader is a solid receiving threat. Ball compiled 34 catches, 378 receiving yards and six touchdown grabs in that same time frame, which gives him three-down back upside. While there are concerns that Ball lacks big-play speed – his pre-draft 40 times ranged from a 4.50 to a 4.66 – he has a very quick first-step and a good burst. By the way, the Broncos love Ball’s pass protection skills, which gives him obvious three-down back upside. Playing in Denver’s powerful offense, Ball has fantasy RB2 value with upside. With Peyton Manning stretching the field, it’s hard to imagine Ball running against many seven- and eight-man fronts.