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.
Expect more game scripts like the one Denver employed in Week 13, getting copious touches to both Montee and Knowshon Moreno. As effectively as Montee gashed the Chiefs, there's little chance the coaching staff will go away from him short of fumbling or egregiously missed assignments.
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.