QB Alex Smith - Washington Redskins
|6-4, 212||Born: 5-7-1984||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2005|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): The bend but don't break Washington defense held up and Smith was able to play it safe all day, squandering a great streaming matchup for fantasy teams. He's a punt at quarterback with his limited ceiling.
Week 11: vs Houston Texans
FBG says: Tough matchup. Alex Smith has played the role of game manager this season which has led the Redskins to a 6-3 record on the year. However, the passing game has struggled as it continues to deal with injuries to Jamison Crowder and Chris Thompson who are critical pieces to this passing offense. The Redskins might get Crowder back this week which would be a nice complimentary piece to this offense that has thrown for over 200 yards just once in the last five games. The offensive line continues to be an issue for Washington limiting the amount of time that Smith has to throw the ball as Matt Bitonti has dropped Washington down to the 31st offensive line after being a top-10 offensive line to start the season. The Texans secondary has been one of the better units this season. This is a team that is anchored by Kareem Jackson who is having the best year of his career thus far this season along with Tyrann Mathieu who has done a tremendous job rotating between a slot corner and strong safety. This is a unit that has allowed just one 300 yard passer this season which was a game in which they struggled stopping the Colts as Andrew Luck threw 62 times for 464 yards back in Week 4. With all of the injuries and lack of consistent play for the Redskins this should be a tremendous matchup for the Texans to continue their success against the pass.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Alex Smith's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs TB (19 / 27 / 178 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith struggled mightily on offense today as the offense was dealing with several key injuries. Without a steady diet of the run game it was difficult for Alex to find a rhythm within the game plan. Many of the same issues that have been causing problems all year were much of the same versus Tampa Bay. Washington was often behind schedule on downs and often faced long distances for first downs. Therefore, being in predictable passing situations made it even more difficult to convert considering there shorthanded receiving core. Alex attempted twenty-seven passes and didn't top two hundred yards. Today may have been the most 'three and outs' for the team the entire season. However, Alex did finally throw his only touchdown in the third quarter. Washington's offense isn't built to go pass heavy and the offensive line injuries aren't helping the run game. Alex can't carry this offense by himself.
2018 Week 9 vs ATL (30 / 46 / 306 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had his way with the Falcons secondary but it rarely resulted in points. This was an extremely pass heavy game for Washington at Alex put up forty-six attempts. This game was fairly close into the 2nd half so it was a little odd to see this much passing from a team that wants to run the football. Some of the passing may be attributed to an ineffective run game as Washington had three linemen go down. Alex had over three hundred yards passing but with just two opportunities in scoring position the offense only managed fourteen points. He also threw one touchdown pass in this game finding Josh Doctson in the end zone on a fade jump ball. It was an uneven day for Alex with much more to be desired on the scoreboard. Being inefficient on third downs was a drive killer all day which contributed to minimal scoring as well.
2018 Week 8 vs NYG (20 / 32 / 178 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had a good start to this game as he marched the offense downfield for a touchdown in the first quarter. A short dump off pass to Adrian Peterson gave him his one and only touchdown pass of the game. After the opening quarter touchdown, Alex struggled to manufacture points offensively. Washington struggled to convert on third downs and constantly found themselves behind schedule on downs during their possessions. Alex only managed one more red zone opportunity during this game and that came off of a turnover. As the defense kept this game close, Washington went to a run-heavy scheme considering the passing game struggles. Alex had thirty-two pass attempts but the lack of chunk plays was disappointing.
2018 Week 7 vs DAL (14 / 25 / 178 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had a quiet day leading the Redskins offense. He didn't turn the ball over but their inability to sustain drives resulted in an abysmal outcome on the scoreboard. The day started out well as he led Washington to opening quarter touchdown. Alex took advantage of Dallas' blitz by tossing a screen pass that went for thirty yards to the end zone. Alex faced constant pressure today and didn't do a good job connecting with his receivers on the run. There were times he was inaccurate but his receiving core had a few drops as well. This game was a defensive battle and looked like a game where both team knew each other's playbook well.
2018 Week 6 vs CAR (21 / 36 / 163 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 13 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith started this game fast as he converted consecutive red zone trips with a touchdown. Both scores were passes and relatively easy to convert. The first touchdown came after a turnover which immediately put Washington in scoring position. Alex did an excellent job of finding his receiver on busted coverage downfield. The second touchdown of the game came in the red zone where he found his receiver in the back of the endzone from the ten yard line. This ended up being their last touchdown of the game as they settled for a field goal on the next scoring opportunity. Alex struggled in the second half as the offense sputtered and had several stalled drives. Washington didn't score the entire third quarter. Alex did a poor job of converting on third downs as he was often erratic and indecisive in the second half. An early fourth quarter field goal was the only points scored for the Washington offense in the second half. Alex failed to throw for two hundred yards which shows how anemic the passing performed.
2018 Week 5 vs NO (23 / 39 / 275 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 1 rush)
Alex Smith had a night filled with miscues, ill-timed throws, and inaccuracy. The offense as a unit struggled so it wasn't entirely on Alex Smith. He didn't get much protection and receivers weren't getting any separation which led to being behind on downs and sacks. Alex only converted one of two redzone opportunities as he ran in a touchdown. He threw thirty-nine passes on the night but between the drops and incompletions it didn't amount to a great outing. Without having proper protection Alex was skittish in the pocket and often looked unsure where to go with the ball. He hit a couple of 20+ yard completions when he had time but that was rare in this game. He also failed to throw a touchdown pass in this game which is concerning considering how vulnerable the Saints defense has become. It is hard to put this entire performance from the offense on Alex, but he certainly didn't help as he added a brutal interception as well. This offense is lacking serious playmakers.
2018 Week 3 vs GB (12 / 20 / 220 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 20 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had the offense clicking on all cylinders against Green Bay. However, Alex would lead all of his touchdowns drives in the first half. It was an extremely hot and cold day for Alex and the offense but they were able to put up 31 points to secure a victory. Alex was much more aggressive passing the ball downfield in this game. It was sign of things to come as he found Paul Richardson for a forty-six yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. Alex's second touchdown was a redzone touchdown to Jamison Crowder. It was an extremely tough pass as he threw a dime to Jamison splitting two defenders to squeeze it in a tight window. Alex had four pass attempts in this game of over 20+ yards which was necessary considering how conservative they played last week. He only attempted twenty passes in this game as they had command majority of the game. The offense sputtered the entire second half as they failed to score a touchdown. The only points came on a field goal after getting great field position from a turnover. Alex had a positive game script for a large part of this game which allowed him to play efficiently.
2018 Week 2 vs IND (33 / 46 / 292 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith's game was much different than the opener. He failed to lead a touchdown drive the entire game against seemingly a lightly talented defense. For majority of this game the Redskins struggled to sustain drives as the offensive line allowed too much pressure. Alex had two opportunities at touchdown throws but they resulted in drops and ultimately lead to field goals. Alex attempted forty-six passes today as the run game went cold today. Alex tried to extend plays to find open receivers, but they seem to have had difficulty gaining separation on routes. The Colts didn't allow Alex to throw downfield much either as his lone long completion went for twenty-five yards. Alex's inability to convert on third downs and connect in the end zone lead to an abysmal day for the offense.
2018 Week 1 vs ARI (21 / 30 / 255 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 14 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had a somewhat impressive debut for his new team the Washington Redskins. The first thing that immediately stood out with Alex running this offense is his mobility. Alex did a decent job most of the game escaping pressure to extend plays. Coach Gruden also implemented a few designed read option plays to utilize his legs if needed. Alex completed twenty one of his thirty passes as he displayed full command of the intermediate passing game. He added two touchdowns as well with both receivers using RAC to get in the endzone. Washington's ability to control the line of scrimmage gave Alex ample opportunity to read the field and get the ball into the hands of his playmakers. He totaled two hundred and fifty-five yards passing which productive considering how much they ran the ball in this game. Alex is used to spreading it around in the passing game and his ability to extend plays will be a bonus moving forward.
Latest NewsRedskins | Alex Smith to undergo surgery (Sun Nov 18, 05:30 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (leg) suffered a broken fibula and tibia during the Week 11 game and will need to undergo surgery, according to head coach Jay Gruden. link to story Redskins | Alex Smith injures ankle (Sun Nov 18, 03:02 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the Week 11 game and will not return. Our View: Smith leg injury is a fracture and serious. His season is over. Colt McCoy will start and he's a very competent backup. This pass offense was one of the weakest in the NFL with Smith, so the fantasy outlook here isn't changing. This team will rely on their defense and timely plays from Adrian Peterson behind a banged up offensive line.
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