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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 Oct 17): Smith actually played well against the Raiders, but so did his running game, which finished the drives, including a bubble screen to DT Dontari Poe that counted as a lateral. The defense also played well, which isn't going to create game scripts that force Smith to throw downfield. He's a high floor streamer against the Saints this week, but if Drew Brees struggles, Smith's fantasy prospects will take a hit.

Week 7: vs New Orleans Saints

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Alex Smith and company had a sweet passing matchup last week, and the Chiefs...ran the football all day long. Smith managed 19/22 for 224 yards passing, zero TDs and interceptions, with one sack taken for -1 yards while the running backs racked up 40/183/3. Jeremy Maclin led the team in receiving with three targets for 3/49/0 to his credit, followed by Spencer Ware (two for 2/32/0) and then Travis Kelce (three for 3/32/0). Nobody else on the team went over 30 yards receiving, though Smith did hit nine different receivers among his 19 completions. This approach wins games in the real NFL, but leaves fantasy owners invested in the K.C. passing attack less-than-enthused. The Saints' pass defense allowed 303 net yards, two TDs and one interception to Cam Newton last weekend, with two sacks recorded for -19 yards - no surprise here as New Orleans averages 301.6 net passing yards per game (31st in the NFL) with seven passing scores given out vs. a mere two interceptions and just nine sacks recorded this year (tied for last and 25th in the NFL, respectively). From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), New Orleans has averaged 26.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (third-most in the NFL); and 26.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-most); with 14.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (third-most). This is another great matchup for Smith and company, but the rushing matchup is also attractive so if history is any guide don't get too excited about what the Chiefs will do in this phase of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs NYJ 63 25 33 237 1 0 3 -3 0 0 15.55
4 at PIT 75 30 50 287 2 1 1 2 0 0 20.55
6 at OAK 64 19 22 224 0 0 3 -1 0 0 11.1
7 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 23 36 * * * 2 * * * *
7 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 24 37 * * * 3 * * * *
7 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 18 24 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs OAK (19 / 22 / 224 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)

Smith played the role of game manager to an extent that is unusual even for him. He completed 86% of his passes, going 19 of 22 with no touchdowns or interceptions. He forced the Raiders into a guessing game, as he completed passes to nine different receivers, and seven them of had at least two receptions. Smith essentially spread the Raiders secondary out and killed them with underneath throw after underneath throw. Once the Oakland defensive backs started playing bump and run consistently, Smith keyed in on his mismatches and took advantage of the middle of the field and the sidelines, eventually completing five passes of 20 or more yards. One such play came on second and seven at the KC 35 yard line. With DJ Hayden playing press coverage on Jeremy Maclin, Smith took a three step drop and used Maclin's speed down the field to lead him up the right sideline. This was not a play where Smith waited for the play to develop and for Maclin to get open. Maclin beat Hayden off the line of scrimmage and Smith found him perfectly in stride for a 38 yard gain. If you had to explain the Chiefs downfield passing attack (or lack thereof) in one play, this would be it. Smith is not going to be throwing fifty yard jump balls to his receivers, but he can still generate big plays when the defense is in the right type of coverage. Many times it can take several series of running short and intermediate routes before a defense softens up and allows one on one coverage on the outside, and when that happens, Andy Reid and Alex Smith will recognize the opportunity and draw up a play similar to what we saw with Maclin. Smith did not blow the Raiders off the field on Sunday, but with a productive running game and an aggressive defense that is getting stops and causing turnovers, he doesn't have to.

2016 Week 4 vs PIT (30 / 50 / 287 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Overall, Smith had his second highest scoring day of the year, throwing for 287 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. The Chiefs were down from the very beginning, so Smith's high volume of passes was something to be expected. With the Steelers clamping down on #1 receiver Jeremy Maclin, Smith was smart in getting other receivers involved, ultimately completing five or more passes to five different receivers. One of those receivers was Tyreke Hill, a player that many analysts are calling the "fastest man in football". Smith's first touchdown pass came on a slant to Hill from the ten yard line. Hill showed very good concentration and toughness in traffic, bobbling the ball at first before coming down with it at the five yard line, spinning off a defender and diving over the goal line for the Chiefs first points of the night. Smith's final touchdown pass of the night went to familiar target, Travis Kelce. Kelce ran an out route before settling in at the edge of the end zone. Smith went through his progressions before finding Kelce wide open in the back of the end zone. Although the Chiefs got blown out in this one, Smith's stats were above his average points and that is a welcomed site for fantasy owners.

2016 Week 3 vs NYJ (25 / 33 / 237 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

Smith had a yawn worthy performance, with most of his attempts targeted at or close to the line of scrimmage. He did take a few deep shots to Jeremy Maclin in the two minute drill, but Maclin didn't create enough separation. The game script never forced Smith out of his comfort zone, so his only scoring pass came on a nice effort by Travis Kelce after the catch. He also had Tyreek Hill open deep in the second half, but Smith's ball forced Hill to drift out of bounds.

2016 Week 2 vs HOU (20 / 37 / 186 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

After throwing for the second highest total of his career last week (365 yards), Alex Smith took a step backward against the Houston Texans, totaling only 187 yards on 20-37 passing (53% completion percentage). The Chiefs were without starting offensive guards Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Parker Ehinger, and it showed with Smith getting hit repeatedly, including four sacks. This played a big part in Smith's completion percentage, and despite his deficiency as a downfield passer, he was unable to generate any completions to receivers that gained 20 or more yards. Normally such a stout pass rush would open up running lanes for Smith to exploit, but he failed to make an impact in that department either, gaining only two yards on two rushes. All in all, it was a Sunday to forget for Smith and the entire Chiefs offense.

2016 Week 1 vs SD (34 / 48 / 363 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 15 / 1 rush)

Smith threw the ball all over the place today completing 34 of 48 attempts for 363 yards with 2 touchdowns 1 interception and adding on 4 rush for 15 yards and the deciding overtime touchdown. Smith targeted 9 different receivers and connected with 8 of them. Smith's favorite target was Spencer Ware out of the backfield as he targeted the back 8 times, completing 7 for a total of 145 yards. Smith stayed true to form completing short to intermediate passes to move the ball up and down the field. Touchdown strikes to Maclin and Tyreek Hill propelled the furious second half comeback. Smith's lone blemish came in the fourth quarter when a pass across the middle to Jeremy Maclin was ripped away by Jason Verrett after it appeared Maclin had caught the ball. Interestingly enough Verrett was the same player to end Smith's consecutive pass attempts without an interception streak last season. Smith took this game over in the second half and is a big reason why the Chiefs came back to win.


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