Torrey Smith will enter this season as the No. 1 receiver for the 49ers, which is not a role he played well in last year. Smith was signed to a five-year, $40 million deal last season, but he responded with just 33 catches for 663 yards and four touchdowns, which was the worst year of his career. But we hope the addition of new coach Chip Kelly will help Smith this season, and he should be considered a No. 4 Fantasy receiver coming into the year. You might even consider him someone with upside given Kelly's history of No. 1 receivers in Philadelphia (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews averaged 132 targets for 84 catches, 1,212 yards and nine touchdowns over the past three seasons, and Matthews was the only receiver who failed to gain at least 1,300 yards). Smith is worth a late-round flier in all formats, and hopefully he can outperform his draft position. He will definitely improve on his dismal performance from 2015.
Smith enters training camp as 49ers' top receiving option, CSN Bay Area reports. This news should come as no surprise, as Smith has the most NFL experience and production of any of the wideouts on San Francisco's roster. He turned in a fairly disappointing 2015, finishing with a career-low 663 yards to go along with four touchdowns. That was done on a 49ers team that had a stagnant offense, so his career-best 20.1 YPC could point towards a bounce-back season with a faster-paced Chip Kelly offense in 2016.
Smith (back) hauled in five catches (seven targets) for 61 yards in Sunday's overtime win over the Rams. The five catches were Smith's highest total since his 6-catch, 120-yard performance in week 2. That stat goes to show what a disappointing first season it has been in a San Francisco uniform. Smith's big-play style never seemed to mesh with the 49ers' vanilla offensive gameplan this season, and he finished with less than 700 receiving yards for the first time in his career. With four more years left on his contract, the team will have to find a better way to incorporate their biggest free agent acquisition from last offseason. Maybe the new coaching regime will open up the playbook a little more for 2016 and beyond.
Smith (back/foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Rams. Smith has scored in two of his last four games, but with just seven catches in that span, the wideout continues to be a hit-or-miss fantasy lineup option.
Smith (back/foot) is listed as probable for Sunday's contest against the Rams, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports. Despite turning in a limited practice Thursday, Smith will avoid the inactive list yet again. While he's gathered in no more than two catches in all but two games this season, his Week 17 opponent, the Rams, has conceded 88 receptions and eight touchdown grabs to wideouts over the last six outings.
Smith (back/foot) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports. Following a downgrade from full to limited to begin the week of prep, Smith's practice reps have been impacted for the fourth consecutive week. He's so far avoided the inactive list on every game day of his career, but Friday's injury report will provide insight into whether he'll extend that trend.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|7||10/23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|9||11/06||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|11||11/20||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|14||12/11||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|16||12/24||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|3 Year Avg||97||49||853||6||36||17.41||123|