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RB Antone Smith - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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Week 8: vs Oakland Raiders

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Jacquizz Rodgers (26/154/0 rushing with 1/9/0 receiving) and Peyton Barber (12/84/1) took advantage of the worst rush defense in the NFL last weekend, and Tampa walked out of San Francisco with and a 'W'. Another ex-Falcon, Antone Smith, helped out with 1/6/0 rushing and three targets for 2/41/0 receiving - all told, the Buccaneers posted 41/249/1 rushing at San Francisco. Rodgers has been a fantasy (and real NFL) star since taking over from Doug Martin/Charles Sims - he's posted two straight 100+ yards rushing performances over the last two weeks, though he has yet to score a TD for the Buccaneers. Oakland's rush defense averages 128.3 yards allowed per game (28th in the NFL) with seven rushing scores given out so far. Last week, Jacksonville managed 16/105/0 rushing; but two weeks ago Kansas City steamrolled Oakland with 40/183/3 rushing. From Week Five to Week Seven of regular season (the last three weeks), Oakland averages 19.3 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (14th-most in the NFL). Rodgers and Barber have a good matchup to work with here.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at SF 8 1 6 0 3 2 41 0 0 4.7
8 vs OAK PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 1 * * * *
8 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Four moves by Bucs (Mon Oct 17, 10:17 AM) - Free-agent RB Antone Smith (Bears) was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, Oct. 17. Terms were not disclosed. WR Donteea Dye, WR Freddie Martino and TE Tevin Westbrook were also re-signed to the practice squad.

Our View: Smith is a player similarly built to Jacquizz Rodgers. He's a compact back with a low center of gravity and a tough running style. Smith will work as a reserve back behind Rodgers and starter Doug Martin.
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