Smith completed 21 of 28 passes for 251 yards and a score and added 21 yards on the ground in Sunday's 27-20 win over Philadelphia. It wasn't quite the aerial display that Smith opened the season with against New England, but he kept Kansas City in it and got the job done late after a key Eagles interception led to a 15-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Travis Kelce. After trading up in the first round for Patrick Mahomes back in April, the question this season has been if and when the rookie will take over for Kansas City this season. Though not as impressive Sunday as he was in the opener, it's hard to imagine head coach Andy Reid supplanting Smith while he is playing well and the team is winning.
Smith completed 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in Thursday's 42-27 season-opening win over the Patriots. He also rushed five time for three yards. Smith turned in a somewhat atypical and undeniably spectacular effort while helping the Chiefs become the first team to ever defeat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium after being behind at halftime, a span of 82 games. The 13-year pro connected with eight different pass catchers on the night, including two 70-yard-plus scoring passes to Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt. The offensive outburst was certainly a departure from the norm, but given the front-line roles that pair of dynamic playmakers are slated for this season, Smith's fantasy stock could certainly see a boost as compared to recent campaigns. He'll look to put together a strong encore performance when the Chiefs face the Eagles in Week 2.
Smith completed eight of 15 passes for 70 yards and rushed for four yards on two carries in Friday's preseason loss to Seattle. After being sharp in the Chiefs' first two preseason contests, Smith was unimpressive against Seattle and played just through the first half after coach Andy Reid stated that the starters would play through the third quarter. After the Chiefs traded up for Patrick Mahomes, any misstep by Smith will attract eyeballs, but the veteran passer can be forgiven for a slow start against a defense as consistently stout as Seattles'. Even at his best, however, Smith is no better than a fantasy spot starter - having averaged just 21 total touchdowns per season during his four years in Kansas City.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he expects his starters to play three quarters in Friday's preseason game against Seattle, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. As a word of caution, Reid said Smith would play the entire first half in Saturday's preseason game against Cincinnati, but the quarterback was then pulled from the contest after leading the Chiefs to 10 points on their first two drives. Smith could get an early hook again if he moves the ball effortlessly, though that's far less likely to happen against Seattle's defense than Cincinnati's. Smith's excellent play this preseason has stymied any potential controversy that might be associated with Patrick Mahomes' similarly impressive performance.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid reiterated Monday that Smith is the team's starting quarterback, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. "It's Alex's job. That's what it is," Reid said. "There's no gray area with that." The resounding support from Reid comes after both Smith and rookie first-round pick Pat Mahomes impressed in their first two outings of the preseason. The veteran is surely the less flashy option behind center, but his consistency and experience makes him more reliable, and the Chiefs have enjoyed much success with him at the helm in recent years. As a result, Smith's fantasy stock should remain virtually unchanged in 2017, while Mahomes will likely need an injury to Smith in order to have significant value outside of dynasty formats.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||@Los Angeles Chargers||24||19.50|
|11||11/19||@New York Giants||16||18.00|
|13||12/03||@New York Jets||30||24.50|
|15||12/17||Los Angeles Chargers||24||19.50|
|3 Year Avg||66.0||3418||18||7||295||3||286|