Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
As of this player profile write-up, Alex Smith has all but been officially traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. Not having the speed burst to pick up yardage in chunks like Colin Kaepernick, Smith had to rack up his yards through the air. Not too tough of a task considering all of the receiving talent around him, right? Not so fast.
Smith played in ten games last year, nine of them starts, and tossed up just over 1,700 yards and 13 touchdowns. Sadly, this would probably had been his career year if he had remained healthy, but even sadder is the fact that he still would had struggled to get to 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. And yes, that would had been a career year.
Now that he finds himself moving across the country to start for a team with less receiving talent than the San Francisco 49ers and being on a team that relies heavily on its running game, it isn’t too tough to come to the conclusion that Smith will remain a low-end QB option in deeper fantasy leagues, and someone who does not deserve to be drafted this fall. The change of scenery will not change his lackadaisical play and horrid stats. Let Smith be someone else’s problem. Seriously, even if he remains healthy he would be extremely lucky to get to 3,200 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. Just brutal.
It looks as if Alex Smith will be heading to the Kansas City Chiefs for two 2nd-round picks (2013 and 2104 NFL Drafts) once the 2013 season is officially under way, which happens March 12th. Look for him to be his normal, unimpressive self as the Chiefs receiving options are inferior o what Smith had with the San Francisco 49ers. He remains a quarterback that belongs on the waiver wire.