Alex Smith is never going to be thought of as a good Fantasy quarterback, but he's actually been serviceable in two of the past three seasons. Last year, the Chiefs signal-caller finished as the No. 13 quarterback in standard leagues, just three points shy of being a Top 12 option. And in 2013, Smith was the No. 15 quarterback and seven points shy of the Top 12. In 2015, Smith completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,486 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions and ran for 498 yards and two touchdowns. He had seven games with at least 20 Fantasy points, including four in the final six weeks of the season. But he also had five games with 15 points or less, and it's hard to trust him on a weekly basis. He's an OK option as a No. 2 quarterback in deeper leagues, but you probably don't have to draft him in most formats. Instead, plan on Smith as a bye-week or injury replacement, and hopefully the week you start him is the week he delivers a solid performance with at least 20 points.
Smith completed 29 of 50 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-20 Divisional Round loss to the Patriots. He also gained 44 yards on nine rushes. The veteran was productive overall but could only manage 4.9 yards per completion on the afternoon, a poor recipe for trying to topple the Patriots in their home stadium in the playoffs. Smith did have No.1 receiver Jeremy Maclin at his disposal after the receiver was questionable all week with knee and ankle injuries, but only targeted him three times on the afternoon. He did manage completions to an astounding 10 different players, and did not turn the ball over. Despite the disappointing conclusion, the 11-year veteran did enjoy a successful 2015 campaign, throwing for a career-high 3,486 yards and tossing 20 touchdown passes.
Smith completed 17 of 22 passes for 190 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's win over the Texans. He also gained 27 yards on five carries. It was a workmanlike performance from the veteran, who played the role of game manager as the defense continually put him in a position to succeed, while the running game also did its part. Smith made several plays with his legs, and he was unfortunate to have a long gain nullified by a penalty. Top wideout Jeremy Maclin left the game with a knee injury, but he could be back next week, as Smith looks to lead Kansas City to its 12th straight win versus either the Broncos or the Patriots.
Smith completed 14 of 24 passes for 156 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions in Sunday's 23-17 win against Oakland. He also ran nine times for 61 yards. Smith once again failed to put up monster numbers this season (just 20 touchdown passes), but was his usual steady and reliable self (only seven interceptions), leading the Chiefs to a franchise-record 10 straight wins and a playoff berth. His running ability helped his owners this year, as he finished fourth among all QBs with a career-best 498 rushing yards. With a couple of formidable weapons in WR Jeremy Maclin and TE Travis Kelce, there's optimism that Smith can improve on his passing stats a bit in 2016, although his conservative nature will probably always hold him back from anywhere close to an elite level. In any case, Smith will head into the postseason on a roll, playing at Houston next weekend in a wild card game.
Smith completed 15 of 22 passes for 125 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception Sunday against the Browns. He also rushed six times for 54 yards. Smith connected with only four different receivers, which included running back Charcandrick West, who caught one pass for minus-one yard. Otherwise, only Jeremy Maclin (five catches on seven targets for 49 yards and a touchdown), Travis Kelce (six catches on eight targets for 43 yards) and Albert Wilson (three catches on four targets for 34 yards) got in on the action. Smith has now passed for fewer than 200 yards in four straight games, though he has added 134 rushing yards and a 6:2 TD:INT ratio over that span. The Chiefs have won nine straight games, and a win in Week 17 against the Raiders could give them the AFC West title, depending on how the Broncos finish out.
Smith completed 21 of 25 passes for just 171 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Ravens. He also gained 17 yards on four carries. The veteran wasn't leaned on very heavily Sunday, as the defense and the ground game took care of business versus an undermanned Baltimore squad. Smith has been an excellent bus driver during the Chiefs' current eight-game win streak, with just one turnover during that time, but he has also failed to top 200 passing yards four times. Smith's fantasy productivity largely depends on matchup and game flow, meaning he could be in line for a bounce-back performance next week against the Browns.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||San Diego Chargers||14||19.56|
|3||09/25||New York Jets||11||18.75|
|7||10/23||New Orleans Saints||33||29.31|
|11||11/20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|17||01/01||@San Diego Chargers||14||19.56|
|3 Year Avg||63.6||3355||20||7||394||1||294|