RB Ito Smith - Atlanta Falcons

5-9, 195Born: 9-11-1995College: Southern MississippiDrafted: Round 4, pick 2018

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Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - $

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Devonta Freeman should return for Week 12, but he may not offer a better outlook on the ground than what was seen Sunday in his place. He's topped 40 yards only twice over 9 games, averaging just 3.5 per rush along the way. (In fact, those 2 are Freeman's only games above 4.0.) The 3-7 Falcons are often victims of game flow, which both robs Freeman of opportunity and prevents him from building much rhythm. If Freeman can't suit up, Brian Hill will again head a rotation with Qadree Ollison and Kenjon Barner, none of whom project well. Hill is miscast as a lead back - he produced just 30 yards on 15 rushes - and neither of the backups cut into his workload. The Falcons front line has bounced back nicely over the second half of the season, but the talent deficiency in the backfield would be tough to overcome. A date with the Buccaneers' shutdown run defense isn't inspiring. The Buccaneers have dominated on the ground for much of the year, even with a slight downturn of late. Last Sunday, they allowed a runner (Alvin Kamara) to top 75 yards for the third time in 4 weeks - it hadn't happened once over the first six. That said, it's worth noting that they've remained a tight, stonewalling group for the most part. Of the 255 yards given up to Kamara, Chris Carson, and Derrick Henry, 93 of them (36%) came on just 2 runs. Of course, it wouldn't be prudent to simply cherrypick a few runs out, and the Buccaneers have indeed had a lapse here and there. Rookie linebacker Devin White, in particular, has been shaky at best - his missed assignments opened up both those long gains. But overall, this is still a stout unit and a tough fantasy matchup. They've shut down the likes of Saquon Barkley, Todd Gurley, and Christian McCaffrey (twice). Second-year nose tackle Vita Vea has dominated at an All-Pro level, both tying up blockers up front and making blow-up plays of his own. He's instrumental in clearing room for White and the other linebackers to pursue and strike. The Atlanta ground game is floundering at the moment, and the schedule does them no favors this weekend.

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 7 vs LAR (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 0.7 points, $4500)

Smith earned seven yards up the middle after Atlanta crossed midfield during its initial drive. Corey Littleton ran over Smith during a third-down blitz pickup and Smith was on the field for some time with the before getting carted off. He was hit helmet to helmet and knocked backward onto his head and flat on his back.

2019 Week 6 vs ARI (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 0.6 points, $4300)

He got stuffed on his first carry for a short loss in the red zone late in the second quarter. Smith earned a first down just before the two-minute warning on a short run off left tackle late in the game with the Cardinals ahead 34-27.

2019 Week 5 vs HOU (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 45 / 0 rec - 12.4 points, $3900)

He gained three on his first touch during the third possession after executing a cutback to right guard. He then cut down hill on the next run designed for an off-tackle play and earned 11 yards. Smith earned a yard later in the series up the middle to end the first quarter. Smith picked up a first down from a shotgun play on third and short. Smith committed a holding call on Bradley Roby to prevent the cornerback blitz from earning the sack. A few plays later, he caught a short pass and the Texans committed a facemask penalty that put the ball in the red zone and prevented a third and short. Smith got run over by Zach Cunningham's pressure up the middle on the next play and he held the blitzer to prevent another sack. Smith couldn't avoid a pair of flat defenders on a short pass after his second penalty and earned only a few yards. Smith earned a dump-off on 3rd and 20 for a gain of 10 and Atlanta punted away Atlanta's first drive of the third quarter. Smith stumbled after the catch of an empty set slant in the left flat on third down in the red zone and came up a yard short while down 16 points early in the fourth quarter. Two plays later, the Texans stuffed Smith on a run from the one up left guard.

2019 Week 4 vs TEN (2 / 11 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec - 11.1 points, $3700)

He took an I-formation, inside zone run for 10 yards up the middle to the Titans' 1. He followed up with a score off right guard to tie the game. Ryan overshot Smith in the left flat on 1st and 10 with a lot of room up the left flat in the red zone. Pressure forced Ryan to hurry the throw. Smith earned a pair of check-downs in garbage-time.

2019 Week 3 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 0 points, $3700)

The Colts stuffed Smith on a shotgun run off left end during the first drive. Smith tried bouncing a third and five run outside during the first drive but the Colts stuffed him and a holding call pushed Atlanta further back during this initial series. Smith staggered off the sideline on the following play when he was blocking as a pass protector. He was helped off the field by a pair of trainers. He was evaluated for a concussion as well as a neck injury.

2019 Week 2 vs PHI (4 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec - 6.5 points, $3600)

He weaved his way for a first down on a 2nd and 1 during the first drive after Freeman earned four carries early on. Smith dropped a high throw in the flat on 2nd and 16 during the first drive after taking a hit. He earned a quick five yards leaking from the backfield to begin the second drive with the offense backed up at its one yard-line. Smith later weaved his way through traffic for four yards on a screen pass late in the second quarter. Taking over for Freeman inside the 5 after Freeman's 29-yard shovel-pas-and-runs to open the third quarter, Smith had the best run of the night late in the third quarter on a draw play where he made multiple defenders miss.

2019 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec - 5 points, $4000)

A bright spot during this debacle, Smith's best gain was a 17-yard run on a cutback from a two tight end set and later in the same drive a pass reception that set up a short-yardage run for a first down. Smith had a pair of blitz pickup opportunities during the game. The first came late in the half when he got pushed back into Matt Ryan's lap by Anthony Barr and the second was a nice pick-up through the A gap that set up a third-down conversion for Austin Hooper. Smith later spun off a pair of tackles on a cutback during the fourth quarter.


Latest News

Falcons | Ito Smith placed on IR (Sat Nov 9, 01:02 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (concussion) on Saturday, Nov. 9, was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

Our View: Without Smith, the Falcons turn to Brian Hill as a primary backup to Devonta Freeman. Hill is a good all-purpose running back who can contribute as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. He's looked good in limited touches during his pro career.
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Falcons | Atlanta's injury report for Week 10 (Fri Nov 8, 04:00 PM) - Atlanta Falcons DE John Cominsky (ankle) and RB Ito Smith (neck) were held out of practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 10 versus the New Orleans Saints. OG Wes Schweitzer (concussion) did not practice for a second straight day on Friday, Nov. 8, and has also been ruled out. CB Desmond Trufant (toe) was a limited participant all week and is listed as questionable. QB Matt Ryan (ankle) and OG Jamon Brown (foot) were also limited participants in practice all week but have been removed from the injury report. OG James Carpenter (knee) and TE Jaeden Graham (knee) were upgraded to full participation Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report.

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Falcons | Ito Smith ruled out Week 10 (Fri Nov 8, 01:10 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (neck) on Friday, Nov. 8, was ruled out of the team's Week 10 game against the New Orleans Saints.

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