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WR Torrey Smith - San Francisco 49ers

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

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Summary

Yes, Smith flopped tremendously on the stat sheet as a five-year, $40 million signing, and the state of the 49ers offense doesn't make him look attractive for 2016. But if we look closer, we see that he was actually a supremely efficient receiver last year. In fact, he would've almost certainly flourished had he not been mired in a run-heavy offense that lacked a starting-caliber QB. Smith finished second in the NFL in yards per target (an outstanding 10.7), and he didn't do it on a barrage of fluky deep balls. He excelled, albeit on just 3.9 targets a game, in the intermediate game, showcasing yards-after-catch ability for short-throwing QBs Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. Luckily for Smith, he looks poised for a massive uptick in volume. Security blanket Anquan Boldin is gone and unlikely to return, freeing 24% of the team's 2015 market share. And the team made little effort to add receiving talent in the offseason; Smith's only competition for targets are a barren WR depth chart stocked with low draft picks and a wide-open corps of tight ends with questionable NFL futures. When you throw into the mix Chip Kelly's high-octane offenses - which tend to feature the No. 1 wideout heavily - it's hard to expect fewer than 100 targets for Smith. He won't be much of a touchdown factor, but a 16-game baseline prediction of 55-60 catches and 900-1,000 yards would bring real WR3 utility from relatively late in the draft. (May 11)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 42, 31, 33, 33, 34, 35, 37, 39, 42, 44, 45, 47, 48, 54, 56
WR Redraft PPR - 42, 31, 34, 35, 38, 39, 40, 40, 42, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 54, 54
Overall Redraft PPR - 101, 58
WR Dynasty - 58, 44, 48, 55, 58, 86

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2013 BAL 16 0 0 0 137 65 1128 4
2014 BAL 16 0 0 0 92 49 767 11
2015 SF 16 0 0 0 62 33 663 4
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 2 * * 53 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 50 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 46 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 1 * * 42 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 119
WR: 49
Overall-PPR: 121
WR-PPR: 49

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Latest News

49ers | Torrey Smith ready for No. 1 role (Tue Jun 21, 01:13 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith inherits the No. 1 spot in the depth chart with WR Anquan Boldin no longer with the organization. It will be the first time in Smith's career that he is the unquestioned go-to guy. Smith wants to be more than just a deep threat and worked to develop a good rapport with QB Blaine Gabbert in the offseason.

Our View: Gabbert hasn't yet secured the starting job, but he has to be considered the frontrunner as Colin Kaepernick works to come back from three separate offseason surgeries. Smith should only be considered a WR5/WR6 for fantasy owners as this 49ers passing game could be a mess in year one of the Chip Kelly offense. Right now, Smith has an ADP of WR54 (11.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2016 Schedule

1vs Los Angeles Rams
2@ Carolina Panthers
3@ Seattle Seahawks
4vs Dallas Cowboys
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Buffalo Bills
7vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs New Orleans Saints
10@ Arizona Cardinals
11vs New England Patriots
12@ Miami Dolphins
13@ Chicago Bears
14vs New York Jets
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16@ Los Angeles Rams
17vs Seattle Seahawks