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RB Antone Smith - Atlanta Falcons

5-9, 190Born: 9-17-1985College: Florida StateDrafted: ---

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Week 5: at New York Giants

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Falcons' offensive line was decimated on Sunday at Minnesota, to the point that TE Levine Toilolo was pressed into duty as a RT for much of the fourth quarter after the Falcons ran out of linemen. LG Justin Blalock exited Sunday's game with a back injury. RT Lamar Holmes exited due to a foot injury, which has turned out to be season-ending. C Joe Hawley was carted off the field with an apparent left knee injury of unspecified severity, but was on crutches after the game - he tore his ACL and is lost for the season. Blalock will have to fight through the back injury and he looks iffy for this week's game at midweek. 'We had a lot of injuries,' Falcons head coach Mike Smith said afterwards. 'It was the first time that I've been in a game where you had four offensive linemen that could go in and play. That's not an excuse. Guys are going to get injured. That happens in every football game. That happens throughout the NFL every week. You have to have the next man up mentality. You can not concern yourself with injures.' Pay attention to how many of the Falcons' offensive linemen are headed to/put on IR (two so far), and how many new faces they bring in this week - the O Line will be 'under construction' at the Giants this week, which is not optimum for any of the running backs. During the game against the Vikings, the Falcons employed a multifaceted attack, with Steven Jackson in the lead role (13/49/0 rushing with 2/13/0 receiving), followed by Antone Smith (4/62/1 rushing with zero targets), Devonta Freeman (2/8/0 rushing with 2/13/0 receiving), and Jacquizz Rodgers (1/2/0 rushing with 4/35/0 receiving.) As you can see, there are a lot of mouths to feed on this unit right now, keeping Jackson right around 14-15 touches per game (50/201/1 rushing or 12.5 rushes per game over the first four contests, with with six targets for 4/20/0 receiving, about one catch per contest). Smith is the home-run hitter with just 13 total touches, but the most TDs among the backs, with three total, on 10/119/2 rushing and 3/73/1 receiving - he is by far the most productive back in terms of how many fantasy points he's generating with a minimum of opportunities. Like we said at the top, this is a multifaceted attack. The Giants' D has allowed 31 points over the last two weeks (while the offense has scored 75), and limited Washington to 17/86/1 rushing last week, while holding an Arian-Foster-less Houston to 25/119/1 two games ago. To date, the Giants rank 10th in terms of average yards allowed per game (101.2), but they are tied for next-to-last in rushing TDs given up, with five allowed so far this year. This is a mediocre defensive front, on balance. The Falcons' stable is doing well in aggregate (Atlanta ranks 14th in the NFL averaging 121.8 rushing yards per game, with five rushing scores notched so far this year), but they have immediate and pressing issues with their offensive line coming into this game. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
1 vs NO 2 7 0 1 1 54 1 0
2 at CIN 0 0 0 4 2 19 0 0
3 vs TB 4 50 1 0 0 0 0 1
4 at MIN 4 62 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 at NYG PROJ-Dodds 3 * * 0 * * *
5 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * 0 * * *
5 at NYG PROJ-Bloom 3 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Smith earned four yards on a swing pass and a 15-yard gain later in the half as a receiver. This was the extent of his contributions to the Falcons' offense today. He only has a puncher's chance of consistent flex appeal in this offense as long as Jackson, Rodgers, and Devonta Freeman are healthy.

2014 Week 3 vs TB (4 / 50 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The former Florida State back scored on a 38-yard run up the left flat, demonstrating that burst that has earned him scores up the left flat in a few games (preseason and otherwise) this year. Smith continues to compel Atlanta to use him in situations where the team can exploit his speed and balance. He hits the hole quick and is tougher to arm-tackle than it might appear because of his low center of gravity. He's splitting time for committee support with Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman. He's out-playing Freeman, but unless Jackson and Rodgers are hurt it won't mean much to fantasy owners at this point. On Monday, it was revealed that Smith is dealing with a hamstring ailment.

2014 Week 4 vs MIN (4 / 62 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith's first opportunity came in the first quarter and he picked his way through the line of scrimmage for a first down on 3rd and 2. He earned a second consecutive carry, breaking a tackle on a pitch to the left flat and earned three yards. In the third series of the game, Smith made a nice cutback off left tackle and earned nine yards near mid-field. These were all good plays, but Smith's best effort came on a sweep to right end in the second half to give Atlanta its first lead. Smith's acceleration was electric and it caused the cornerback on the right edge to miss tackle attempt on the runner's way to a 48-yard score. If there's a runner with the potential to eat into Rodger's looks, it could be Smith because he's gradually earning more opportunities. Smith had four touches to Rodgers' five and.

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Latest News

Falcons | Friday injury report for Week 4 (Fri Sep 26, 02:35 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle), LB Prince Shembo (calf) and RB Antone Smith (hamstring) all fully practiced and are probable for Week 4.

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Falcons | Thursday practice report for Week 4 (Thu Sep 25, 03:45 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot), LB Prince Shembo (calf) and RB Antone Smith (hamstring) all fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 25.

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Falcons | Wednesday practice report (Wed Sep 24, 04:19 PM) - Atlanta Falcons LB Prince Shembo (calf) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24. WR Devin Hester (ankle) and RB Antone Smith (hamstring) practiced in full.

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Schedule

5@ New York Giants
6vs Chicago Bears
7@ Baltimore Ravens
8vs Detroit Lions
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Cleveland Browns
13vs Arizona Cardinals
14@ Green Bay Packers
15vs Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers