WR Steve Smith - Baltimore Ravens
|5-9, 179||Born: 5-12-1979||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 3|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Smith is not an upgrade only because we should have expected a massive game from him against his old team, and most of his production came on a very fluky play. Consider him a WR2 entering a good matchup against the Colts.
Week 5: at Indianapolis Colts
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco has led his team to a 3-1 record during September in the midst of considerable obstacles, including a 38-10 drubbing of the highly-respected Panthers defense last week. He threw 22/31 for 327 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions last week, and wasn't sacked at all (Steve Smith had his vengeance on Carolina with 7/139/2 receiving on 10 targets, while Torrey Smith saw three passes for 2/53/1 in the game). Two weeks ago, Flacco threw 19/31 for 217 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Cleveland, with again zero sacks taken. The Ravens' offense is rounding into form entering the fifth contest of the season. The Colts' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 251.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given up to date vs. five interceptions generated and eight sacks rung up so far (tied for fifth- and 13th-ranked in the NFL to date). Last week, Tennessee bumbled to 14/28 for 176 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions at Indianapolis while Charlie Whitehurst was being sacked three times for -18 yards; two weeks ago Jacksonville managed 18/31 for 239 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions while allowing their quarterbacks to be sacked four times for -17 yards. Though the Colts' season average is in the lower tier of the NFL, over the last two weeks they've played pretty stoutly in this phase of the game. At Indianapolis, this looks like a neutral matchup between the two teams.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 2 vs PIT (10 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)
Steve Smith came out and made a statement with his intensity from the first snap. Even more apparent than his feistiness are his quickness and burst. Smith ran a little hitch route against off coverage then proceeded to make Cortez Allen miss badly and drew a facemask penalty on top of it. Smith's next reception was remarkably similar to the first. Facing off coverage, Smith ran a quick slant and turned a 2 yard reception into a 20 yard gain with hard cuts and smart running. In the red zone Flacco turned down two open targets to give Smith a chance to make a play in the corner of the end zone but the pass was overthrown. Smith received another end zone target as he flashed across Polamalu on a slant route and nearly secured the pass but it was jarred loose by a hard hit from Mitchell. However, the hit was deemed illegal and a personal foul was awarded. Smith converted back to back 3rd downs for the Ravens. The first was a curl against off coverage. The second was a slant route he exploded up field on, picking up 20 yards and another facemask penalty. Smith got another catch on a shallow cross on the 5 yard line but was swarmed by defenders before he could get to the end zone. Smith was peppered with red zone targets which may explain the Ravens red zone inefficiency. However, if the trend continues, Smith could end up with double digit touchdowns.
2014 Week 3 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 101 / 0 rec)
Steve Smith was dominate throughout the game. He was clearly getting separation from the start of the game. Smith beat his man vertically lined up from the slot, but Flacco threw underneath to Daniels, never seeing the veteran get behind his man. Smith got behind his man again on a nearly identical play but Flacco overshot Smith in the end zone. Smith got wide open on a 5 yard slant route and made his money after the catch. He wasn't brought down by Haden before gaining 25 yards. Smith made a big play in the 4th quarter when Flacco scrambled and threw him a jump ball he hauled in for 30 yards. Smith closed the game out by beating Joe Haden down the sideline on a stutter and go for a gain of 30 more yards.
2014 Week 4 vs CAR (10 / 7 / 139 / 2 rec)
Steve Smith dominated in his return to Carolina. He opened the game displaying his impressive run after the catch ability. Even with an imperfect throw and a defender closing in, Smith can plant his foot in the ground and explode up field past the defender. Coupled with a vicious stiff arm, he can turn 2 yard dump offs into 15 yard gains. Smith's second reception was even more impressive on a comeback route where he reached down and away from his body to snatch the ball out of the air. He then fought for 2 extra yards and a first down. His biggest play of the game came on a target to Owen Daniels who tipped the ball into the air directly into Smith's hands for a walk in 60 touchdown. Smith's next touchdown was a well-run 9 route he easily separated from the corner and made a leaping catch in the corner of the end zone despite being interfered with.
Latest NewsRavens | Steve Smith still producing (Mon Sep 29, 03:35 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith is one of four wide receivers with more than 40 targets and at least 400 receiving yards so far this year. Our View: Smith was fantastic against his old team. After the game, Smith took the high road in his post-game press conference. He's more mature now, but Smith still plays the game with an incredibly sized chip on his shoulder.
Ravens | Steve Smith hurts former team (Sun Sep 28, 05:51 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith posted game highs with seven receptions, 139 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers, his former team. He was targeted a game-high 10 times. It was Smith's 46th career 100-yard game. Our View: Smith had everything go his way, with a long score on a deflected ball and another on a play when Joe Flacco threw it up for grabs to give him a chance to make a play - and he did. Smith is red hot and facing the Colts next week.
link to story Ravens | Steve Smith listed as probable (Fri Sep 26, 03:07 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 26, and is listed as probable for Week 4. Our View: You don't want to have Smith on your bench in his first game against his old Panthers team.
link to story Ravens | Steve Smith sits out practice (Thu Sep 25, 04:12 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (non-injury related) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 25. Our View: A vets day off, nothing more. Expect Smith to be in the lineup this weekend and putting up WR2 numbers. Joe Flacco may not be a good fantasy quarterback but Smith is having a great year in Baltimore. PLUS--this game is against Smith's old team, the Carolina Panthers. That chip on his shoulder is going to be the size of Jabba the Hutt in Week 4.
link to story Ravens | Steve Smith targeted often (Thu Sep 25, 08:57 AM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr is the eighth-most targeted player in the NFL with 31 targets. QB Joe Flacco is also looking to him in clutch situations. Our View: It seems like Smith found the fountain of youth in Baltimore. He's been very productive since landing there and while Flacco has been unimpressive he is doing enough to make Smith fantasy relevant and a decent WR2 this week.
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|6||@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|7||vs Atlanta Falcons|
|8||@ Cincinnati Bengals|
|9||@ Pittsburgh Steelers|
|10||vs Tennessee Titans|
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|12||@ New Orleans Saints|
|13||vs San Diego Chargers|
|14||@ Miami Dolphins|
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