WR Torrey Smith - San Francisco 49ers
|6-0, 204||Born: 1-26-1989||College: Maryland||Drafted: Round 2|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Smith's fantasy value is up off of the deck after Colin Kaepernick resumed his role as the team's starting quarterback. He hit Smith for one long score and overthrew him when he was open on another. Even if you don't need Smith, it's not a bad idea to pick him up and play keep away from other owners, especially with Tampa's inconsistent secondary on the slate this week.
General News (Fri Oct 21): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
Week 7: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Colin Kaepernick started off his comeback on the wrong end of a 16-45 drubbing by Buffalo, but he doesn't play on defense so there was little Kaepernick could do about the defensive front allowing 44/312/4 rushing last week. For his part, Kaepernick threw 13/29 for 187 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions while taking three sacks for -20 (he added 8/66/0 rushing to the team effort). Torrey Smith came back from the fantasy living dead with Kaepernick back under center, seeing seven targets for 3/76/1 receiving, while Quinton Patton (seven for 4/52/0) and Jeremy Kerley (seven for 2/12/0) also saw seven chances - Kaepernick and Kerley haven't worked together much, so their chemistry hasn't developed yet. Vance McDonald saw two targets for 2/25/0 and Rod Streater had one for 1/16/0 - those were all the receivers who managed double-digit receiving totals last week. We'll see if Kaepernick can build on these modest numbers in Week Seven. Before the bye week, the Tampa pass defense feasted on Derek Anderson holding him and his team out of the endzone in the passing phase of the game while picking him off twice (and forcing two lost fumbles, including one by Anderson) - when the dust settled Anderson had 18/28 for 278 yards passing. In Week Four, the Buccaneers allowed 19/31 for 218 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Broncos' quarterbacks (four sacks for -20 yards were generated). They have been up and down in this phase of the game in recent weeks - to date, Tampa is ranked 19th in the NFL averaging 262.4 net yards passing per game, with nine passing scores given out vs. three interceptions and nine sacks generated to date. Over the past three weeks (two games) they have averaged just 15.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fifth-least in the NFL); with 21.2 fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (11th-least in the NFL) and an average of 10 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends (fifth-most in the league). This looks like a neutral matchup for the resurgent Kaepernick and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 76 / 1 rec)
As was the conventional wisdom going into this game, Smith ended up being the primary beneficiary of San Francisco's switch from Blaine Gabbert to Colin Kaepernick due to the latter being far better at downfield passing. As much as this bottom-of-the-barrel offense would allow, Smith was targeted early and often. Depending on your perspective, his stat line could have been worse or far better. On one hand, Smith was (once again) wide open on a deep post, but -- just like Gabbert before him -- Kaepernick overthrew him. On the other hand, Smith's 53-yard touchdown was the result of a blown coverage. There were no defenders within 10 yards of him, and he only had to avoid one tackler between the catch point and the end zone.
2016 Week 5 vs ARI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Between his one-on-one matchup with Patrick Peterson and Gabbert's mysterious inability to deliver an accurate pass whenever he's the target, Smith was destined to be a non-factor. His stat line clearly shows that he fulfilled said destiny. But for good measure, though, that one incomplete target involved Smith getting open on a deep dig, and Gabbert wildly overthrowing him as per usual.
2016 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Smith was completely shut down by Morris Claiborne, to the point that his first target didn't occur until the fourth quarter, and his first reception didn't occur until San Francisco's final offensive play. Despite that lack of involvement, Smith could have still scored double-digit fantasy points if his Blaine Gabbert's accuracy didn't do its weekly clocklike turn from carriage to pumpkin. On his first target, he beat Claiborne in man-to-man on a deep post route. A good throw would have resulted in a 55-yard, go-ahead touchdown; a descent throw in a 45-yard gain. Instead Gabbert threw one of the most inaccurate passes to the deep middle of the field that you'll ever see.
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 News49ers | Torrey Smith listed as questionable (Fri Oct 21, 04:40 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith (back) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 21, and will be questionable to play Week 7 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Our View: Smith has a good matchup against a Tampa secondary that has given up deep balls to inferior wide receivers this year. You'll have to wait for the late inactives, but if Smith goes, he's an upside play in your deep league flex slot.
link to story 49ers | Torrey Smith finds end zone (Sun Oct 16, 04:48 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith caught three passes for 76 yards and one touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6. Our View: Smith could have had two long scores if Colin Kaepernick's deep accuracy was dialed it. Still, his fantasy stock is revived with Kaepernick's return. He'll be a high ceiling what the heck flex against the Bucs' ragtag secondary in Week 7.
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