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WR Torrey Smith - San Francisco 49ers

6-0, 204Born: 1-26-1989College: MarylandDrafted: Round 2

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 26): Smith appeared to tweak a leg late in the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further on Monday.

General News (Wed Sep 28): practiced fully on Wednesday. Smith suffered an apparent ankle injury during the team's Week 3 game, but head coach Chip Kelly said Smith will be fine.

Week 4: vs Dallas Cowboys

All WR vs DAL

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The word out of San Francisco on Tuesday, September 27 is that Blaine Gabbert will remain the starting quarterback, in part, because he's better in practice than Colin Kaepernick. However, if the pass offense continues to struggle in the games (because those are what count), then Kaepernick might wiggle his way past Gabbert on the depth chart and become the starter again - stay tuned to see how Gabbert responds to this challenge. Gabbert didn't help his cause with 14/25 for 119 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown at Seattle this past weekend (an 18-37 loss despite the Seahawks losing starting quarterback Russell Wilson to a sprained MCL in his knee). Torrey Smith (four targets for 3/35/0 receiving) was the top wide receiver for San Francisco last weekend. There wasn't much to write home about in fantasy terms on this unit last weekend. The Dallas pass D gave up for 30/49 for 317 net passing yards, two TDs and zero interceptions with zero sacks of Brian Hoyer last Sunday. So far this year Dallas is 23rd in the NFL averaging 290.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with six passing scores given out vs. two interceptions and four sacks generated. This is not a feared secondary, friends - they have averaged 22.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (10th-most in the NFL); and 22.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (13th-least); with 14.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (third-most) over the first three weeks of the season. Gabbert comes into this game cold, but should have a 50-50 shot at a bounce-back game against the mediocre Cowboys' secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs LA 78 0 0 0 6 2 13 0 0 1.3
2 at CAR 55 0 0 0 10 3 55 1 0 11.5
3 at SEA 43 0 0 0 4 3 35 0 0 3.5
4 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
4 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
4 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Smith's stat line was once again a victim of Blaine Gabbert's inaccuracy. One of Smith's receptions was ready-made for yards after the catch, but ball placement left much to be desired -- to say the least. On a slant pattern in the first quarter, with Smith having beaten man coverage to the inside, Gabbert's low throw required a diving catch for any gain at all. A good throw to Smith in stride would have gained much more. Another target, which resulted in a near-interception saw Smith get open against Richard Sherman, but Gabbert's throw was low and inside rather than high and outside, turning Smith from a receiver into a pass defender.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (10 / 3 / 55 / 1 rec)

Like last week, Smith was the primary target ... of Blaine Gabbert's inacccuracy. That 30 percent catch rate wasn't due to Smith dropping passes. Rather, it was because Gabbert alternated skipping the ball to him, throwing it 10 feet over his head, or throwing it behind him. However, as the incompletions piled up, it became apparent that there's also an element of miscommunication here. Gabbert's loss-sealing interception late in the fourth was a perfect example of this. At the top of his 15-yard route, Smith turned inward, but Gabbert shaded his throw to the outside. With the cornerback playing on Smith's outside shoulder, it was an easy pick. On the bright side, Smith's touchdown was a clear win in man-to-man coverage. Carolina's four defensive backs were playing "quarters," and the play design allowed his post route to break wide open in the middle of the field. Gabbert made a rare good throw in his direction, and Smith made the easy catch in stride.

2016 Week 1 vs LA (6 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Smith's poor stat line was mainly due to being covered by Trumaine Johnson, who the Rams franchised this offseason. Given the talent drop-off between Johnson and Los Angeles' other cornerbacks, Chip Kelly (and Blaine Gabbert) chose to focus their attentoin on more favorable matchups. Smith's one highlight was a diving, 15-yard catch on an underthrown pass -- which brings us to the other reason for Smith's statistical disappearing act. Namely, Blaine Gabbert was woefully inaccurate on all but one of one of his targets, even the completions.


Latest News

49ers | Torrey Smith practices in full (Wed Sep 28, 08:09 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith (foot) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 28.

49ers | Torrey Smith should be fine (Wed Sep 28, 02:36 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith (ankle) suffered an apparent ankle injury during the team's Week 3 game, but head coach Chip Kelly said Smith will be fine.

Our View: Smith will be fine, but fantasy owners aren't going to trust Smith in the lineup. He's a WR4 at best this week against the Cowboys.
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49ers | Torrey Smith targeted 10 times (Mon Sep 19, 01:22 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith posted three receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers. He was targeted 10 times.

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