TE Lee Smith - Buffalo Bills

6-6, 266Born: 11-20-1987College: MarshallDrafted: Round 5, pick 2011

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Week 3: vs Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Good matchup. In his second season, Josh Allen has shown modest improvement as an NFL passer. With a big arm and nimble, creative feet, he has tools in place to develop into a dynamic dual-threat quarterback. Allen sorely lacked weapons as a rookie, so the Bills made two key offseason additions, wideouts John Brown and Cole Beasley, to serve as his primary options. Through 2 games, they've combined to draw 46% of his targets and account for 63% of his passing yardage. Brown is still one of the NFL's fastest players, which has been on full display in Buffalo. He's also shown improved route-running skills, playing underneath and working back to the ball when needed for a quick completion. For his part, Beasley isn't much of a playmaker, as evidenced by his career 10.3-yard average. But he's quick-footed and adept at finding soft spots underneath, crucial traits for a young quarterback's security blanket. Beyond them, there's little to speak of here; no other Bill has caught more than five passes thus far. Zay Jones remains a low-impact reserve talent, and none of the team's bevy of tight ends has made a dent in the offense. At the moment, it makes sense to view Week 2 as this unit's absolute ceiling and play it accordingly. Allen simply doesn't throw often, and he's still quite raw when he does. Week to week, Brown is the only component that can be trusted - and even he's largely dependent upon splash plays for his value. The Bengals continue to trot out one of football's more enigmatic pass defenses. They boast a pair of strong cornerbacks in William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick, and a rising star at free safety in Jessie Bates. But despite that talent, the necessary cohesion and communication simply aren't there, and this matchup remains one of the juiciest in fantasy football. Offenses have little trouble finding soft spots under and between the secondary's zones, leading to big days through the air. Last week, the 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo snapped out of a year-long funk in this matchup, completing 17 of 25 throws for 297 yards and 3 touchdowns. Over and over, the Bengals were gashed by slot playmakers George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, while Marquise Goodwin kept the secondary backed up deep. If this unit is going to wake up and offer any resistance, it will have to tighten up in the flats and the seams. The Bills' receiving corps isn't flashy but boasts enough speed and quickness to create a handful of big plays.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at NYJ 27 0.0 0 0 0 0
2 at NYG 41 1.0 8 0 0 0.8
3 vs CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0.2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

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

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