Smith recorded five tackles (one solo) and an interception in Thursday's loss to Washington.
While he set a new season low in tackles -- and registered his fourth straight game in single digits -- Smith salvaged his IDP value on the afternoon with his first pick of the year. He nearly returned it for a touchdown but got tackled short of the goal line after being caught from behind by Terry McLaurin. Smith has already topped 100 tackles for the third straight campaign, and he could be busy in Week 13's road tilt against a Ravens offense that typically features a ground-heavy game plan.
Smith piled up 12 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's loss to Washington.
While the linebacker has drawn flak in recent weeks for an apparent lack of hustle on some big plays by the opposition, there's been no doubting his IDP value. Smith has recorded double-digit tackles in three straight games and five of seven overall this season, and even the return of Leighton Vander Esch to full duty this week didn't cut into Smith's production. With the Cowboys down multiple starters along the offensive line and potentially forced to use third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci in Week 8 against the Eagles, there's no reason to think the beleaguered Dallas defense will be less busy any time soon, providing Smith with plenty of opportunities for more tackles.
Smith had 10 tackles (seven solo) during Monday's 38-10 loss to the Cardinals.
Dallas had little going for it during Monday's drubbing, though Smith reached double-digit tackles for the fourth time this season. The 25-year-old has been a valuable and consistent IDP piece this season with 63 tackles and a half-sack through six games, while never totaling fewer than seven tackles in a single contest.
Smith recorded a team-high 14 tackles (seven solo) and half a sack in Sunday's win over the Giants.
The linebacker piled up 3.5 tackles for loss in total, with two QB hits. Smith has recorded double-digit tackles three times already this season, and his 53 through five games has him on pace to shatter the career-high 142 he piled up in 2019.
Smith recorded a team-high 13 tackles (eight solo) and a pass defended in Sunday's comeback win over the Falcons.
The Dallas offense lost three fumbles in the first quarter, which kept Smith and the defense on the field and very busy. The linebacker has 23 tackles through two games, and with Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) sidelined, Smith should continue to post elite IDP numbers.
Smith tied for the team lead with 11 tackles (five solo) and added a pass defended in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Leighton Vander Esch left the game in the first half with a broken collarbone, leaving Smith to handle the Cowboys' key linebacking duties mainly by himself. The timeline for Vander Esch's recovery isn't yet clear, but the team's lack of depth behind the duo should ensure Smith's IDP value remains sky high while LVE is sidelined.
Smith will switch places with Leighton Vander Esch (neck) in new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's system and line up on the weak side, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.
This isn't necessarily a negative for Smith's IDP value. Regardless of their exact positioning, both Smith and Vander Esch figure to be on the field every play and see around 1,000 snaps if they stay healthy, so reaching triple-digit tackles again shouldn't be an issue. While he did rack up a career-high 142 tackles last season handling duties in the middle, moving to WILL could free up Smith for more blitzing assignments, something he excels at -- the 25-year-old has collected 6.5 sacks over the last two years, including 4.0 in 2018 when Vander Esch played in all 16 games.
Smith wrapped up 2019 with a team-high 142 tackles (83 solo) including 2.5 sacks, while adding his first career interception on nine passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Given the career-threatening nerve damage to his knee he suffered in college and the fact that he sat out an entire year rehabbing the injury after being drafted in 2016, it's somewhat remarkable that Smith has played in 48 straight games over the last three seasons, much less emerged as one of fantasy football's best IDP assets. The 24-year-old tied for sixth in the NFL in total tackles and he even showed improvement in pass coverage, allowing an 84.3 QB rating on 51 passes tossed his way in 2019. Smith should once again anchor the middle of the Dallas defense in 2020.
Smith made eight tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Eagles.
Smith bounced back from a five-tackle, 47-snap effort in Week 15. He played all 72 defensive snaps in this one. The Notre Dame product sits at 133 tackles on the year.
Smith posted five tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Rams.
It was Smith's lowest tackle output over the last nine games, a span in which he had not failed to rack up at least seven. Likely partly to blame was a season-low 47 snaps played. The 24-year-old will look to rebound Week 16 at Philadelphia.
Smith recorded eight tackles (six solo), three defended passes and one fumble recovery in Thursday's 31-24 loss to the Bears.
Smith notched production both as a pass defender and run stopper, recording the second most tackles among Dallas' defense along with a season-high mark for defended passes. He played 100 percent of snaps on defense for a sixth consecutive game. The fourth-year pro has a matchup against the Rams on deck Week 15.
Smith recorded 14 tackles (six solo) during Thursday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.
Smith saw increased run-stuffing duties with Leighton Vander Esch (neck) inactive again, and he managed to lead the Cowboys in stops for a fifth straight week while setting a new season-high tackle mark. Since Dallas returned from bye to face the Giants in Week 9, Smith is averaging a remarkable 11 tackles per contest. He'll look to keep that momentum up against the Bears in Week 14.
Smith recorded a team-high eight tackles and a pass defended in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
On a wet and rainy day at Foxboro, neither offense had much success, leading to fewer tackling opportunities for Smith and his lowest total since Week 7. Especially if Leighton Vander Esch (neck) remains sidelined, Smith -- who has 98 tackles in 11 games this season -- could easily bounce back to double digits in a Thanksgiving Day clash with the Bills' run-heavy attack.
Smith recorded a team-high nine tackles, including one for a loss, in Sunday's win over the Lions.
It's actually Smith's lowest tackle total in three games, as the 24-year-old linebacker has been on a tear lately. He's already up to 90 tackles on the year with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, putting him on pace for a career-best campaign.
Smith recorded 13 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.
He tied Leighton Vander Esch for the team lead, and Smith set a new season high for tackles for the second straight game. The fourth-year LB is on pace for a career-high 144 stops, and he's added 2.5 sacks through nine games for good measure.
Smith recorded 12 tackles (four solo) and half a sack in Monday's win over the Giants.
With Leighton Vander Esch (neck) out of action, Smith saw even more run-stuffing duties than usual and set a new season high for tackles, tying Sean Lee for the team lead while helping to hold Saquon Barkley to 28 rushing yards. If Vander Esch remains sidelined in Week 10, Smith could be line for another big IDP performance against Dalvin Cook and the Vikings.
Smith recorded nine tackles (five solo), one sack and one defended pass during Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Smith has now recorded a sack in two straight games. The 24-year-old is off to a strong start to the 2019 season, and he'll look to keep his momentum going versus the Jets in Week 6.
Smith recorded nine total tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Sunday's 12-10 loss to New Orleans.
Smith's lone sack Sunday was his first of the 2019 season. The 24-year-old was also present for 58 of 71 defensive plays (82 percent). Through four games, Smith has racked up 27 solo tackles, which is tied with Cleveland's Joe Schobert for the fourth-highest figure in the league.
Smith recorded a team-high 10 tackles in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
The 24-year-old is off to a quick start to 2019, racking up 27 tackles and a forced fumble through three games. Smith's strength in run support should continue to afford him plenty of IDP value, especially if the Cowboys' battered group of defensive tackles can't stop opposition RBs from getting past them consistently.
Smith recorded a team-high 11 tackles, eight of them solo, in Sunday's win over Washington.
The 24-year-old linebacker is off to a strong start to the season with 17 tackles through two games. Smith remains better in run support than pass coverage -- opponents are 6-for-6 in completing passes with him in coverage -- but his speed and strength should allow him to continue piling up IDP value.
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|Sun 09/20||vs ATL||W 40-39||8||6||14||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ SEA||L 31-38||4||4||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||vs CLE||L 38-49||2||5||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||@ WAS||L 3-25||6||6||12||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/01||@ PHI||L 9-23||5||2||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||vs PIT||L 19-24||6||1||7||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||@ MIN||W 31-28||3||4||7||1||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 11/26||vs WAS||L 16-41||1||3||4||0||1||1||0||0|
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