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QB Alex Smith - Kansas City Chiefs

6-4, 212Born: 5-7-1984College: UtahDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Smith was back to his dink and dunk self against a much better Eagles defense than the Patriots unit he played in Week 1. The performance was still acceptable for fantasy and if he hadn't overthrown Tyreek Hill on his one deep attempt, Smith would have had a strong fantasy day anyway. He's rosterable although maybe not a great start against a good Chargers defense in Week 3.

Week 3: at Los Angeles Chargers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. This was the traditional Chiefs offense that we saw last year as after a strong week one where Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt had huge receiving games, the offense went back to basics in running through Travis Kelce as he had 10 of the team's 28 targets in this game while going for 100 yards and a touchdown. Alex Smith came back to his reliable efficient starter after a big week one as Smith completed 75% of his passes in week 2. Tyreek Hill regressed in week one, but is in a good spot lining up out of the slot in this game as he will be going up against the rookie Desmond King who has had questions about his speed heading into this season. The Chargers defense played a bend but don't break type style last week against the Dolphins as they only gave up 230 yards, but did give up 13 receptions to slot receiver Jarvis Landry. The Chargers who are still going to be missing Pro Bowler Jason Verrett this week due to injury replaced him by moving Trevor Williams out from the slot to the outside and moved Desmond King into the slot. King who is a fifth-round rookie out of Iowa played well even though Landry did have a big receiving game he only had 6 yards per carry so King was quick to bring him down in coverage. The Chargers may have some success in their pass rush as even though Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram have gotten off to relatively slow starts, Mitchell Schwartz has struggled so far this season in pass protection.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at NE 69 28 35 368 4 0 5 3 0 0 34.7
2 vs PHI 53 21 28 251 1 0 4 21 0 0 18.65
3 at LAC PROJ-Dodds * 23 33 * * * 4 * * * *
3 at LAC PROJ-Tremblay * 22 33 * * * 5 * * * *
3 at LAC PROJ-Bloom * 21 32 * * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs PHI (21 / 28 / 251 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 21 / 0 rush)

Alex Smith continued where he left off in week one, completing 21 of 28 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown. He also added 21 yards on four rushes. Smith did most of his damage in the passing game by taking advantage of the mismatches that Travis Kelce created on the outside. While Smith does not have the biggest arm, he understands how to use accuracy and touch to throw his receivers open in space, and did so perfectly on a 44 yard gain to Travis Kelce in the 1st quarter. With Kelce lined up on the right side of the formation, Smith took a four step drop and threw a great ball down the sideline to Kelce, who had beat his defender off the line of scrimmage. It was a great example of how Smith is able to create big plays without throwing the ball deep down the field.

2017 Week 1 vs NE (28 / 35 / 368 / 4 / 0 pass, 5 / 3 / 0 rush)

Alex Smith played the game of his life against the Patriots in week one, completing 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns. Smith has survived in the NFL by being an extremely accurate passer, while minimizing his mistakes and keeping his team in the game. He displayed a willingness to take shots down the field that was not there in recent years, which is interesting considering the Chiefs let Jeremy Maclin- who is more of a prototypical #1 wide receiver than Hill- go in the off season. Smith's best asset is his accuracy, and he did an incredible job of hitting his wide receivers in stride to take advantage of their speed on the outside. He was able to connect on a 75 yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill, and a 78 yard touchdown to Kareem Hunt. A lack of explosive plays have kept the Chiefs from advancing in the playoffs in recent years, but if Thursday was any indication of things to come in Kansas City, the AFC may have a new representative in the Super Bowl this season.


Latest News

Chiefs | Alex Smith gets big Week 2 win (Sun Sep 17, 05:21 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith was 21-for-28 for 251 yards and scored one touchdown in a 27-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Our View: Smith connected with Travis Kelce and did enough to get by against a tough defense. He's rosterable in typical leagues but doesn't have a plus matchup against the Chargers next week.
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