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RB Antone Smith - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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Antone Smith suffered a knee injury in Week 9, and is expected to miss the rest of the 2016 season.

Week 14: vs New Orleans Saints

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This is the first meeting between these NFC South rivals during 2016 - Tampa is currently tied with Atlanta for the lead in the NFC South with a 7-5 record, while New Orleans is third in the division at 5-7. This game has playoff implications for both squads. Last week, Tampa's Doug Martin (17/45/1 rushing with one target for 1/23/0 receiving) and Jacquizz Rodgers (7/29/0 rushing with one target for 1/21/0 receiving) helped put Tampa over the top i San Diego 28-21. Peyton Barber (2/6/0) and Jameis Winston (4/1/0) also chipped in, but Martin and Rodgers are handling the bulk of the work entering Week 14. However, Charles Sims (knee) is expected to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list before the game against the New Orleans Saints, according to head coach Dirk Koetter on Monday, December 5, which will limit Rodgers' work going forwards. Tampa is getting healthy at the running back position just in time for a run into the playoffs. The Saints' rush defense averages 97.9 yards allowed per game (tied for 11th in the NFL) with 13 rushing scores handed over so far. From Week 10 to Week 13 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), New Orleans averages just 12.5 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (second-least in the NFL). Detroit was held to 23/85/0 rushing last week; two weeks ago the Rams had 17/69/0 rushing vs. this unit. New Orleans has tightened up their defense considerably in this phase of the game, but realize that neither Detroit nor Los Angeles has a good rushing attack this season. On balance, this is a neutral matchup for the home team Buccaneers.

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Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 9 vs ATL (5 / 25 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Smith mixed into the Tampa Bay halfback rotation and performed well when running between the tackles(5 carries for 25 yards), in addition to his traditional passing game duties. Smith lost a fumble in the 1st quarter when a completely unblocked defensive end hit him as he was securing a handoff in the backfield. Smith was targeted on a deep route down the right sideline during Tampa Bay's first offensive drive, but Winston threw the ball out of bounds. He also lined up as a WR in the 4th and caught a quick bubble screen. He his other 2 targets on dumpoffs out of the backfield and finished the day with 27 yards receiving. Smith was injured on his final reception of the day as he was pulled down from behind, and will supposedly miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The Bucs could get Martin or Rodgers back soon, but for now Barber and James are the only options at RB.

2016 Week 8 vs OAK (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Smith entered the game early in occasional relief of Rodgers but did not contribute much with 4 carries for 16 yards. He took over when Rodgers left the game just before overtime. Smith caught a halfback screen for a gain of 9 in the 1st quarter, and could not secure his only other target. With Rodgers expected to miss this week's Thursday night game, it looks like backfield duties will be split between Smith and Barber. Former Bucs RB Mike James has also been signed.

2016 Week 7 vs SF (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)

Smith was signed this past week to help back up Jacquizz Rodgers with Doug Martin and Charles Sims missing extended time. Like Rodgers, Smith played under head coach Dirk Koetter while he was offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. Smith saw the field early in the 1st quarter as he worked in as a backfield complement to Rodgers and Barber. Rodgers played his share of passing downs, but conceded several passing situations to Smith. Barber was more the early-down backup. Smith was overthrown on his first target of the game, a wheel route out of the backfield in the 1st quarter. He lined up in the backfield with Rodgers on the next play and caught a short out route, narrowly missing the 1st down marker on a 3rd and long play. Smith showed the explosiveness that he was known for in Atlanta on a 2nd quarter reception out of the backfield. Smith caught a quick wheel route and turned the jets on as he picked up 30 yards down the right sideline. He only logged one carry on the day for a 6 yard gain.


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