RB Antone Smith - Atlanta Falcons
|5-9, 190||Born: 9-17-1985||College: Florida State||Drafted: ---|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): So Antone Smith couldn't break a long touchdown for the first time in four weeks. That doesn't make him any less worthy as a weekly hail mary play, and the Falcons could choose to use him more to invigorate a sagging offense.
Week 8: vs Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Falcons' offensive line is in ruins as of Week 8 - Falcons C Peter Konz suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 7. Konz was placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, October 20 and is out for the year. Konz was the team's second-string center as starter Joe Hawley was lost for the year in Week 4. Now, they'll be turning to undrafted free agent James Stone as their starting center. It is no wonder that the running game is struggling with this patchwork line in front of the running backs - Atlanta is ranked 23rd in the NFL averaging 98.1 rushing yards per game, with six rushing scores to date. The Lions are #1 in the NFL in terms of total defense, averaging 290.3 yards allowed per game, and they are second in the NFL in terms of total points allowed, just one point behind Baltimore, at 105 given up by Detroit. Detroit ranks second in the NFL averaging 73.4 rushing yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores given out to date. New Orleans managed 23/71/0 rushing at Ford Field last week; Minnesota had 18/69/0 rushing two weeks ago. The Falcons' bevy of backs splits up the yardage pie extensively already, and against the Lions that pie is bound to be really small as discussed above - we'd avoid Steven Jackson and the others this weekend if possible.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs NYG (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 83 / 1 rec)
Another week, another long touchdown up the left sideline for Smith. This time it was a flat route where Smith broke the wrap of the defender coming over the top at the sideline. Once Smith accomplished this task, he accelerated past the defense for a 74-yard score. Smith also had an eight-yard gain on a quick screen. The long-time reserve continues to make a compelling case for more playing time, but thus far Atlanta has been content to use him 3-4 times per game.
2014 Week 6 vs CHI (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 64 / 1 rec)
A lot of fans are calling for Smith to see more carries because he has been so efficient as a big-play threat. However, it's worth noting that Atlanta is using Smith as a space player and varying formations and personnel so much that it's difficult for the opposition to keep track of when certain personnel is in the game, which makes it more difficult to key on the big-play runner. It's also unknown how good of a pass protector and interior runner Smith is and the young player's production might be a case where fans want to see more, but the staff is thrilled with the current usage and production without pushing the envelope. In this game, Smith continued to produce. He gained a quick five on a screen to the left flat where he was hit hard at the end of the carry and bounced off the ground. Atlanta kept him in the game for the next play, which was during the Falcons' third series and Smith earned three yards on a cutback from left tackle to left guard. Later in the half, Atlanta placed Smith wide on the twin receiver side of an empty formation and targeted him on a slant for 10 yards. On the next play, Atlanta put Smith in the I-formation and threw him a screen pass to the right flat, which he took 41 yards for the score. In the following series, Smith earned a short yardage play and he leaped over the top and was awarded the first down. The camera angles didn't offer a favorable take of the official's spot of this first down, but the Bears did not challenge.
2014 Week 7 vs BAL (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
Smith gained close to eight yards on a screen pass in Atlanta's third offensive series and then ripped through a crease inside left guard for nine yards after making a fine press outside and cutback to the inside. This particular carry early in the first quarter was one of a few others that where often reserved more for Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. One of Smith's best runs was a toss sweep to left end that he took for a first down after displaying second effort behind the line of scrimmage in the flat to combat the defense effectively spilling the blocks to the edge. Despite a decent first quarter, Smith and the Falcons offensive line lost its second center this season and Atlanta was unable to build on its initial success. Before the two-minute warning Smith lost five yards on a screen play when linebacker C.J. Mosely wrapped the runner. In the third quarter, Smith lost one on another attempt to the edge on a pitch play that Baltimore spilled outside.
Latest NewsFalcons | Antone Smith doing a lot with little (Mon Oct 13, 04:21 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith is RB10 in non-PPR scoring leagues despite having just 23 total touches (13 carries, 10 receptions). What's helped Smith so far is his ability to break long touchdowns. He has five so far on the season. Our View: Smith is a flex start for your fantasy team every week. He can hide behind his offensive linemen, then burst into the open field for big gains.
Falcons | Another long TD for Antone Smith (Sun Oct 12, 06:09 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith hauled in a 41-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter of the Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears. Our View: Smith now has five long scores in six games after having two on eight touches last year. It's time to anoint him at least a weekly flex play, even though he has been a legit RB2 if you kept in your lineup all this time. Next week he goes to Baltimore in a tougher matchup.
Falcons | Antone Smith is on the rise (Fri Oct 10, 09:14 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith has averaged 17.2 yards per touch in the offense in five years with the team, and he is the only player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger with six offensive touchdowns of at least 35 yards in his first 25 career touches. Smith had the second-most snaps of his career (11) last week, and head coach Mike Smith conceded this week that the back has earned more touches. link to story
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