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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 Nov 20): Smith had a fourth quarter interception, another interception on a shovel pass, and led the Chiefs to zero offensive touchdowns in the loss to the Giants. Their hold on the division lead is slipping and Smith's hold on fantasy starter status is tenuous despite the good matchup against the Bills this week.

Week 12: vs Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Good matchup. Alex Smith is truly coming out of his shell at age 33. Long a game-managing dink-and-dunk artist mocked for his lack of sizzle, Smith is posting his best per-game total by 34 yards and his best touchdown rate ever for a full season. He's truly embracing Andy Reid quarterbacking: generally safe and sanitized, yet always willing to pounce on a downfield play. Granted, this is very much a three-man receiving game; Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and Kareem Hunt dominate targets to a wild degree. That's good for fantasy owners seeking target share and volume, but a shaky setup for Smith, who essentially can't succeed without strong days from them. Smith will continue to be boom-or-bust, though it's encouraging how often he's boomed thus far, and the Bills' aggressive secondary could be a gift just as easily as a detriment. Much like its run defense, the Buffalo pass unit is falling apart. The cornerback play remains generally solid, if occasionally overaggressive, but the coverage play of the safeties and linebackers has gone straight downhill. It culminated in the Chargers' Keenan Allen somehow catching 12 of his 13 targets for 159 yards last week, but it's been a problem for several weeks. They've now allowed a wideout to notch 73+ yards and/or 1 touchdown in 6 straight games, and Allen's mammoth line joined those of A.J. Green (7 for 189 and 1) and Mike Evans (7 for 88 and 1) among opposing WR1s. There are huge splash plays to be tried against this gambling defense, and at the moment, they're all working. That puts Alex Smith and company in a solid spot to rebound from their slump.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
8 vs DEN 62 14 31 202 1 0 4 33 0 1 16.4
9 at DAL 57 25 34 263 2 1 5 19 0 0 22.05
11 at NYG 75 27 40 230 0 2 5 27 0 0 12.2
12 vs BUF PROJ-Dodds * 22 34 * * * 4 * * * *
12 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 22 33 * * * 4 * * * *
12 vs BUF PROJ-Bloom * 21 29 * * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs NYG (27 / 40 / 230 / 0 / 2 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)

Alex Smith completed 27 of 40 passes for 230 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions, while also rushing five times for 27 yards. Smith does not have the strongest arm, he depends mostly on his accuracy, timing and intelligence, so he had a rather difficult time navigating the swirling winds at Giants stadium. It wasn't that he was having trouble completing passes, it was just that his normal throwing range was diminished even further. This meant that a majority of his targets came in the short passing game, and the intermediate passes that generate big plays for the Chiefs receivers after the catch were non-existent. The one throw Smith was able to complete down the field came on a straight go route to Tyreek Hill who ran right past his defender up the left sideline. Smith threw a very nice ball that was slightly behind Hill, however Hill was able to go up and make the tough catch. The Chiefs offense can go only as far as Alex Smith can take them, but for that to happen he needs to be able to distribute the ball accurately to his receivers in space and let them gain yards after the catch. It seems the rest of the league has begun to realize this and have started playing bump and run coverage on Tyreek Hill on the outside, and double teaming Travis Kelce in the middle of the field. Kelce had a big day, but the Giants defense did a great job of containing the rest of the offense and that ultimately kept the Chiefs to only nine points on the afternoon.

2017 Week 9 vs DAL (25 / 34 / 263 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)

Alex Smith completed 25 of 34 passes for 263 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while also rushing five times for 19 yards. While his overall stats do not look that bad, Smith's production was padded by a 56 yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill with no time left on the clock in the first half. All Smith did was deliver a pass over the middle to Hill, with the Cowboys in prevent defense. Hill was able to miraculously shake off all the Cowboys defenders and score an improbable touchdown. Without that play, Smith's stats look rather unimpressive, although it should be mentioned that big plays have become a hallmark of the Chiefs offense this season, so that may be an unfair criticism. The Cowboys secondary did a good job of keeping the Chiefs speed in front of them, which limited their ability to gain yards after the catch and in space. With Dallas controlling the tempo of the game (and going four for four in the red zone), Smith was unable to move the ball effectively when the Chiefs were trailing by two scores. The Chiefs don't have the size on the outside to win one on one matchups down the field, and Smith's arm doesn't really cater to that type of attack. While they have found ways around that this season, it will continue to come back and bite them when they find themselves trailing against a defense that can contain their speed.

2017 Week 8 vs DEN (14 / 31 / 202 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 33 / 0 rush)

Alex Smith completed 14 of 31 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown. Smith also ran the ball four times for 33 yards. The story of the night was Travis Kelce, who was able to get open at will against the Denver linebackers and Smith keyed in on him. Smith started the game off with a 19 yard completion to Kelce on the third play of their first possession. Although Smith threw the ball a little high and behind Kelce, the Chiefs tight end managed to make an excellent catch in the middle of the field. On the Chiefs very next possession, Smith went right back to Kelce for a 29 yard touchdown where Kelce absolutely left his defender in the dust on a sick double move where he a slant to the middle of the field and then right up the left sideline. Smith threw a well-timed ball, but the truth was Kelce was so wide open that even Tyreek Hill could have thrown the touchdown pass. This was a game where Smith did not have to be at his best, as the Chiefs defense gave him great field position and held the Broncos offense to a 38% success rate on third down.

2017 Week 7 vs OAK (25 / 36 / 342 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Smith was spreading the ball around early, hitting new #2 receiver Demarcus Robinson and backup tight end Demetrius Harris for first downs, but he was unable to convert a third and long and the team had to settle for a field goal. The second drive was about to stall out, but Smith drew a roughing the passer penalty, and finished the drive with a high pass that allowed Travis Kelce to use his length and good hands to convert into a score. Smith led a three play, 99-yard drive in the second quarter with a nice pass to Demarcus Robinson to get out of the shadow of his own goalposts and then a deep ball to Tyreek Hill that was easily past the last line of defense and allowed Hill to run under it for the effortless score. Smith was more of a dink and dunk passer on the two-minute drill drive for a field goal at the end of the first half. Smith got away with one on the long touchdown to Albert Wilson. It could have been picked or broken up, but instead it deflected right into Wilson's hands for the score. A deep ball to Hill keyed another second half field goal drive. Smith got the team into the red zone, but couldn't convert a third and long at the 19. Smith got the team out of their own end on the next to last Chiefs possession of the game, but couldn't convert a third down under pressure. He was sacked again on third down on the Chiefs last chance to salt away the game on offense.

2017 Week 6 vs PIT (19 / 34 / 246 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)

Alex Smith had a rough game against the Steelers, completing 19 of 34 passes for 246 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. He also chipped in 13 yards on four rushing attempts. The Steelers defense got to Smith from the start of the game, forcing a safety on the Chiefs third play of their first possession. The biggest difference between this week and past week's for the Chiefs was Smith's ability to get his skill position players open in space. While Smith was able to complete short passes, his receivers often found themselves tackled as soon as they caught the ball. Smith completed six passes for five or fewer yards, which goes a long way in showing how well the Pittsburgh secondary bottled up Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Smith's lone touchdown pass came on a broken play where he was able to escape a heavy Pittsburgh pass rush. Smith scrambled to his left and found DeAnthony Thomas streaking down the sideline. Thomas made the catch on the sideline, juked his defender, and then shrugged off another tackler on his way to a 57 yard touchdown.

2017 Week 5 vs HOU (29 / 37 / 324 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)

Alex Smith has begun to separate himself from the pack at MVP thus far into the season, piloting the Chiefs to an NFL best 5-0 record. He played brilliantly again on Sunday night, completing 29 of 37 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. He also rushed five times for 19 yards. Smith's rushing total does not really explain how well he managed to escape the pocket and extend plays. While the Chiefs wide receivers after Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are unheralded, they have been able to contribute this year more than other's due to the fact that Smith has been so good at extending plays and finding them wide open. Smith completed 14 of his 29 passes to receivers not named Hill, Hunt or Kelce, by far the highest of the 2017 season. Smith's 8 yard touchdown pass to Charcandrick West was a product of Smith's ability to break the pocket and force defenders to choose between letting him run in the red zone or abandoning their passing lane.

2017 Week 4 vs WAS (27 / 37 / 293 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 56 / 1 rush)

Alex Smith had another highly efficient day, completing 27 of 37 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown. Smith took advantage of the wide berth that the Washington secondary gave his explosive receivers by rushing for 56 yards and a touchdowns. While Smith has always been a mobile quarterback, it was impressive to see how he looked off defenders and knew the exact moment to break the pocket and scramble. Smith's longest rush of the night went for 37 yards on what was sort of a broken play. Smith took the handoff under center but dropped the football as he was taking his drop. Instead of panicking, he continued to take his five step drop and upon seeing a heavy rush from the Washington defense, he took off out towards the right sideline. After gaining right around 15 yards, a Washington defender looked like he was going to cut Smith off at the sideline as he was running at an angle from the middle of the field. 99% of NFL quarterbacks would have quickly stepped out of bounds and been happy with the first down on a broken play, however Smith saw that there was plenty of open field in front of him. Instead of stepping out of bounds, he continued up the sideline and even tried to cut back towards the middle of the field as he approached a Redskins defender head on. His decision to keep running gained him another 22 yards and put the Chiefs over half-field with 26 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. Knowing the Chiefs had two timeouts left, Smith made a fantastic decision, and it was the type of play that reminded many of us why he is without a doubt the best option for the Chiefs at quarterback, despite the fact that they used a high draft pick on Patrick Mahomes in this year's draft.

2017 Week 3 vs LAC (16 / 21 / 155 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)

Alex Smith had a very Alex Smith like game. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. In this game, Smith played the role of distributor, completing passes to eight different receivers, while making sure he didn't turn the ball over. With Kareem Hunt exploding with big plays, as well as Tyreek Hill, Smith doesn't have to force the ball into tight coverage, which plays to his strengths. Smith threw a beautiful ball to Tyreek Hill for a 30 yard touchdown. Hill ran a deep crossing route create separation from his defender as he worked towards the right sideline. Hill lofted his throw and led Hill out in front of him, which Hill was able to run under for an easy touchdown.

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.

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Chiefs | Alex Smith throws two INTs (Sun Nov 19, 05:10 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 27-for-40 for 230 yards and two interceptions against the New York Giants in Week 11. He also rushed for 27 yards on five carries during the game.

Our View: Smith was a dud, in part because of high winds, but he also has himself to blame. The Giants defense was laughably bad in recent weeks, but kept Smith and the Chiefs out of the end zone. Kansas City is still comfortably in first place because of their division, but this is the kind of loss that can cause a team to question itself. Smith returns home for a good matchup with Buffalo next week, but he will be hard to trust as a QB1 after this performance.
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