RB Ito Smith - Atlanta Falcons

5-9, 195Born: 9-11-1995College: Southern MississippiDrafted: Round 4, pick 2018

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): Smith is looking as good as Devonta Freeman, which isn't saying much but he could face a full RBBC soon and he'll have RB2 value if Freeman goes down.

Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts - $5300

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Falcons ground game continues to be stuck in neutral as they managed only 57 rushing yards in Week 2 against the Eagles. While they have faced stout run defenses in the Vikings and Eagles, this lack of production is certainly a mounting concern. After a 50-50 split of snaps in Week 1, Devonta Freeman saw 62 percent of the snaps last week compared to 38 percent from Ito Smith. However, Freeman only managed 22 yards from his 11 carries compared to Smith looking good with 32 yards from just four attempts. Smith has now out-produced Freemen in both games despite seeing a smaller workload. While the increased snap share and favorable workload look good for Freeman, he will need to improve his play to fend off momentum from Ito Smith to eat into his volume of carries. It did not help that the Falcons lost starting right guard Chris Lindstrom in Week 1, but to further their concerns, right tackle Kaleb McGary was carted off from last week's game with an apparent knee injury. He did return to the game as a spectacular show of toughness, but his health is worth monitoring as the Falcons can't afford to lose another piece of an already shaky offensive line. The Colts defense, overall, looked improved in their Week 2 win over the Titans. The defensive backs chipped in to help limit big plays while linebacker Darius Leonard returned to good form with a bounceback performance from struggling in Week 1. Leonard, however, was placed into the concussion protocol after last week's game and is questionable coming into this week. The absence of Leonard would create a massive disadvantage for the Colts run defense, so definitely keep an eye on his status as he must complete the protocol in order to play on Sunday. This defensive line remains without the services of Jabaal Sheard, who continues to practice on a very limited basis and will remain questionable coming into Week 3. In addition to Sheard, defensive end Kemoko Turay is battling a neck injury that sidelined him in Week 2. While Turay may not be an every-down starter, he looked great before the injury in Week 1. Justin Houston continues to play well, but the interior of this Colts line has still struggled. Derrick Henry started to wear them down last week, particularly on their left side where Sheard would normally line up. The Falcons offensive line should be a relatively even match here, but as long as Leonard is cleared and suits up, the Colts defense should have a slight advantage on the ground.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLSalPtsFP/$
1 at MIN 39 6 31 0 1 1.0 9 0 0 5400 4.50 0.83
2 vs PHI 25 4 32 0 3 2.0 13 0 0 5300 5.50 1.04
3 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 1.6 * * * * * *
3 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * 1.5 * * * * * *
3 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 8 * * 2.0 * * * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Ito Smith's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs PHI (4 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec - 5.5 points, $5300)

He weaved his way for a first down on a 2nd and 1 during the first drive after Freeman earned four carries early on. Smith dropped a high throw in the flat on 2nd and 16 during the first drive after taking a hit. He earned a quick five yards leaking from the backfield to begin the second drive with the offense backed up at its one yard-line. Smith later weaved his way through traffic for four yards on a screen pass late in the second quarter. Taking over for Freeman inside the 5 after Freeman's 29-yard shovel-pas-and-runs to open the third quarter, Smith had the best run of the night late in the third quarter on a draw play where he made multiple defenders miss.

2019 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec - 4.5 points, $5400)

A bright spot during this debacle, Smith's best gain was a 17-yard run on a cutback from a two tight end set and later in the same drive a pass reception that set up a short-yardage run for a first down. Smith had a pair of blitz pickup opportunities during the game. The first came late in the half when he got pushed back into Matt Ryan's lap by Anthony Barr and the second was a nice pick-up through the A gap that set up a third-down conversion for Austin Hooper. Smith later spun off a pair of tackles on a cutback during the fourth quarter.

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Schedule

3@ Indianapolis Colts
4vs Tennessee Titans
5@ Houston Texans
6@ Arizona Cardinals
7vs Los Angeles Rams
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ New Orleans Saints
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs New Orleans Saints
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers