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RB Antone Smith - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Week 3: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Atlanta averaged 5.0 yards per carry during the loss at Cincinnati - pretty impressive, considering how good the Bengals are at run D. Steven Jackson posted 11/46/0 rushing and handled a reception for seven yards, while Jacquizz Rodgers had 5/23/0 rushing and zero receptions on one target during the day. Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith both saw four targets during the game (2/22/0 receiving for Freeman, 2/19/0 receiving for Smith) but neither managed to find the end-zone in Week 2. Jackson is handling 11-12 touches on the football per game so far this year, which is hampering his value as a fantasy running back - there simply haven't been enough touches for Jackson to be an elite fantasy option during the first 1/8 of the season. The Buccaneers did a good job containing the Panthers' backs in Week 1, holding Carolina to 33/113/0 rushing on the day (3.4 yards per carry on average). Last year, Tampa ranked 15th in the NFL allowing an average of 110.1 yards per game, with 10 rushing scores given up over 16 games. The Buccaneers got stubborn in the red zone in Week 1, but gave up a rushing score to St. Louis in Week 2, with 29/119/1 allowed - currently, Tampa is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 116 rushing yards allowed per game. The Falcons' backs as a group run the ball well - they have a good matchup against Tampa this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 1 * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 2 * * *
3 vs TB PROJ-Bloom 1 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NO (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 54 / 1 rec)

The diminutive, but explosive Smith didn't see the field until the second quarter, but he made the most of his three touches. The first was a two-yard gain that should have been a loss on a perimeter run, but Smith used his size to his advantage and burrowed under the penetration. Smith then displayed his strong burst on a draw for five yards. But perhaps the most exciting play of the game was Smith's reception on a quick throw to the left flat where his speed helped him beat angles on four defenders up the sideline and he demonstrated the balance to run through wraps from each of those four defenders for a 54-yard touchdown. Count on Smith remaining a change of pace option in Atlanta, which could put a dent in Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman's opportunities to earn consistent flex targets if this continues.

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.


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