Rod Smith could open the season as the No. 2 running back in Dallas behind Ezekiel Elliott, which gives him plenty of Fantasy value as a handcuff and potential lottery ticket. Smith was useful for Fantasy owners in 2017 when Elliott served his six-game suspension, and Smith scored five total touchdowns over that span. He never had more than 10 carries in any game, including when Elliott was out, so it remains to be seen if he could handle a heavy workload. But he might be Dallas' best option to open the season as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart. Smith is worth drafting in all formats as a handcuff to Elliott, and in deeper leagues he has stand-alone value with a late-round selection
Smith finished the regular season with 232 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 55 carries while adding 19 catches on 23 targets for 202 yards and a touchdown through the air. Buried on the RB depth chart to begin the season, Smith opened some eyes with an impressive showing despite limited touches against the 49ers in Week 7, then scored five TDs over a four-game stretch later in the year while Ezekiel Elliott served his suspension. With Alfred Morris potentially not returning to Dallas next season, Smith could head into 2018 as Elliott's top backup.
Smith (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. In Ezekiel Elliott's return from a six-game suspension Week 16, Smith served as the change-of-pace option over fellow running back Alfred Morris, picking up seven offensive snaps to none for the veteran. However, an illness has followed Smith into the weekend and won't allow him to suit up for the season finale. Expect Morris to earn any backfield reps that don't go to Elliott on Sunday.
Smith (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. Smith was added to the injury report Thursday and held out of practice again Friday. Players typically don't miss games due to illnesses, but the Friday absence does create some concern. Ezekiel Elliott and/or Alfred Morris could pick up a few extra snaps if Smith is ruled out when the Cowboys release their inactive list at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Smith is dealing with an illness and isn't expected to practice Thursday, Jori Epstein of The Dallas Morning News reports. The illness could be working its way around the Dallas locker room, as receiver Cole Beasley was also sick and sitting out Thursday. The Cowboys will see if Smith can make enough progress in his recovery from the illness to take part in Friday's session, which would provide more clarity on his status heading into the season finale against the Eagles. The return of Ezekiel Elliott from a six-game suspension in the Week 16 loss to the Seahawks resulted in decreased roles for both Smith and Alfred Morris, but it was Smith who was deployed as the top backup due to his superior pass-catching skills. Smith, who finished the outing with two carries for 10 yards and three receptions for 23 yards, would again serve in a change-of-pace role if available Sunday in Philadelphia.
Smith rushed for 13 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and added 21 yards on three catches during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Raiders. Smith gave Dallas a two-score lead early in the second quarter when he plunged into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown. The Ohio State product has, Week 14 against the Giants aside, provided little in terms of yardage, but he's been an effective weapon in the red zone. Sunday's touchdown was his fifth in his last four games. Don't expect that kind of production to continue with fellow Buckeye alum Ezekiel Elliott prepared to return.
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|2||09/17||New York Giants||21||17.88|
|13||11/30||New Orleans Saints||12||17.22|
|16||12/23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||19.13|
|17||12/30||@New York Giants||21||17.88|
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