Smith recorded his fifth touchdown in as many games Sunday, as he hauled in a 32-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also led the team with five receptions for 75 yards, and he appears to have emerged as the team's big-play option of late.
Smith is averaging 11.2 Fantasy points per game over the last five, despite being shut out two weeks ago. He has been pretty touchdown dependent for Fantasy purposes, however, with a high of just 81 yards on the season, so he might not be a consistent option if the touchdowns stop flowing.
At this point, Smith is looking like a solid option, though he can be a bit boom-or-bust. Consider him more of a mid-tier starting option when the Ravens come back from their bye in Week 12 against the Saints.
Smith gave Baltimore a 21-7 lead with a 32-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter. It was his sixth touchdown and all have come in the last seven games.
The Ravens are on a bye Week 11 before returning to action Week 12 at New Orleans.
Smith's score came early in the first quarter, as the receiver outran his man to catch a 35-yard pass from Joe Flacco and put Baltimore up early. Unfortunately, it was almost all Steelers from that point on. It was a nice bounceback performance from Smith after he was held catchless the previous week, and he now has delivered four touchdowns in his last four games. Smith has tallied 22 catches, 371 yards and five touchdowns in nine games, and he's set to face the Titans in Week 10.
So in some ways, his performance Week 8 at Cincinnati, when he was shut out on two targets, was all too predictable.
As primarily a deep-ball threat, Smith has always been an all-or-nothing player, but now the Ravens have an even better deep-ball threat in Steve Smith, they're at a loss for what to do with Torrey Smith. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak made a real effort get him involved in Weeks 5 and 6, but his 39-yard touchdown in Week 7 came when the Ravens were seemingly just running out the clock already up big in the fourth quarter. It was completely superfluous.
Which is what Smith is now in Fantasy. He'll find the end zone again in 2014 and occasionally make you wonder why you don't use him more often, but his downside from week to week is simply too great at this stage of his career.
Smith hasn't been a consistent part of the passing game this season, failing to catch more than four passes in any of the team's first seven games, but Sunday's goose egg was a new low. It's his first catchless game since the 2012 season finale, which also came against the Bengals. Smith had to leave the game in the second half to be tested for a concussion but later returned to action.
Smith has managed just 18 receptions for 308 yards and four touchdowns at the halfway point of the Ravens' season. If healthy, he'll square off with the Steelers in Week 9.
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