Alex Smith Fantasy News

WR Chris Conley emerging for Chiefs

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:43am

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The Kansas City Chiefs have been looking for a productive wide receiver other than Jeremy Maclin. Chris Conley was that player for the Chiefs in their 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Conley had three catches for a team-high 66 yards. He delivered a big play on each of the Chiefs’ two touchdown drives and another on one of their field goal drives.

Conley beat one-on-one coverage on each of his first two receptions. The first one came on a third-and-5 from the Rams’ 13. Conley caught a back-shoulder throw from quarterback Alex Smith and was tackled on the 2. Conley’s biggest play came on the next touchdown drive. He got open deep down the right sideline on third-and-2 from the Kansas City 33 and caught a 37-yard pass from Smith. The play helped set up a Maclin touchdown catch.

Fantasy Impact:

This isn't the first item we had on Conley, as he's been drawing attention through camp. Conley missed much of training camp last year. He pointed out that in 2015, as a rookie, he was only returning to practice from an injury the second week of the preseason, the story said. This year, he didn’t miss a day of practice at camp, so he has a much better grasp of the offensive system. He's just 73rd on our WR list and figures to be behind Maclin and TE Travis Kelce as far as the team's top targets go.

Chiefs sign Nick Foles

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 9:38am

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Nick Foles was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, when they were coached by current Chiefs coach Andy Reid. He has had a big NFL season -- just one, but it was impressive -- that was statistically better than any ever produced by Chiefs starter Alex Smith. Foles is only 27, or five years younger than Smith, leaving him plenty of time to resurrect his career.

Add it all up and it’s easy to come to the conclusion the Chiefs are looking at this as more than a nothing-to-lose gamble that Foles can become the player he was for the Eagles in 2013, when he threw 27 touchdown passes in 10 starts and led the NFL with a passer rating of 119.2, which is a better number than Tom Brady has ever put up.

Fantasy Impact:

This seems like a perfect fit for Foles who is reunited with Reid. Reid has always had a knack for making QBs look good and Foles should be familiar with the system to step right in if something were to happen to Smith. Foles has also worked with Jeremy Maclin while with the Eagles.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. Kelce should be fine for a nice matchup with the Chargers. Alex Smith may have to funnel targets his way if Jeremy Maclin has trouble with shutdown CB Jason Verrett.

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right thumb, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8. Smith has a nice matchup with the Lions this week, and the probable return of Jeremy Maclin can only help. Consider him a Week 8 Sneaky Start.

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm

Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (concussion, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8. Maclin should return this week. He has a nice matchup with the Lions. His return would be a boost for Alex Smith.

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right thumb) took full practice reps again Thursday. Smith has a nice matchup with the Lions this week, and the probable return of Jeremy Maclin can only help. Consider him a Week 8 Sneaky Start.

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm

Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. Maclin should return this week. He has a nice matchup with the Lions. His return would be a boost for Alex Smith.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 6:45pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right thumb) practiced fully Wednesday. Smith has a nice matchup with the Lions this week, and the probable return of Jeremy Maclin can only help. Consider him a Week 8 Sneaky Start.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 6:45pm

Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. Maclin should return this week. He has a nice matchup with the Lions. His return would be a boost for Alex Smith.

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right thumb, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. Smith should be fine to face the Steelers. Smith is quietly the #13 QB through six weeks, but he owns the #21 PPG. He is a decent start this week since Jeremy Maclin has been cleared to play.

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm

Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (concussion, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 7. Beat writer Adam Teicher reports that Maclin has cleared the concussion protocol. He’s good to go to face the Steelers. His presence is a big boost for QB Alex Smith.

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right thumb) took full practice reps again Thursday. Smith should be fine to face the Steelers. Smith is quietly the #13 QB through six weeks, but he owns the #21 PPG.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:13pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right thumb) practiced fully Wednesday. Smith should be fine to face the Steelers. Smith is quietly the #13 QB through six weeks, but he owns the #21 PPG.

Chiefs 'expect bigger numbers' from QB Alex Smith

Friday, August 28, 2015, 11:07pm

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Chiefs beat writer Adam Teicher: The Chiefs will expect bigger numbers from Alex Smith. He threw for under 3,300 yards and 18 touchdowns last season and those stats aren’t enough for a quarterback who started 15 games. Don’t look for Smith to lead the league in passing, or to even come close. But it’s a huge disappointment if his numbers aren’t better than in 2014.

Fantasy Impact:

Let's not forget that Smith was the #18 fantasy quarterback last season. He's a dirt-cheap quarterback option who could provide high-end QB2 numbers if he becomes a bit more aggressive. He’s dangerous as a runner, and given the addition of a bona fide receiver in Jeremy Maclin, the emergence of Travis Kelce, and the always-dangerous Jamaal Charles, Smith is an unexciting yet (usually) functional fantasy quarterback.

Jeremy Maclin says the Chiefs will throw the ball downfield more this season

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 2:43pm

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Dispatches have been coming out of Chiefs camp in all forms of media, like Bigfoot sightings from the wilderness: I saw the Chiefs throwing the deep ball today. And lest anyone doubt them, HC Andy Reid took the opportunity to punctuate this expected staple of the offense, dialing up Alex Smith to Jeremy Maclin right out of the preseason gate. Much to the liking of his quarterback and wide receiver tandem.

"(Reid) came to us and said, 'This is what we're going to do,'" Smith said.

Spend a few days watching the Chiefs and you will see some evidence that Smith and Maclin have an exciting connection. A bond that is typically tough to come by for wide receivers reeled in via free agency, then tossed into a soup of new offensive terminology and concepts.

"It may not be bombs over Baghdad every play," Maclin said of the Chiefs' offense. "But is that something we can do? Do we want to do more of it? Yes, we do."

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin was the #9 wide receiver in both standard and PPR formats last season, though he faded down the stretch. Now he’ll have Smith as his quarterback and should dominate the targets along with up-and-coming TE Travis Kelce. Reid is very familiar with Maclin, so we would expect his transition to be a smooth one, though this is a system downgrade. Maclin averaged 4.6 catches for 61 yards and 0.50 TD (solid WR2-type numbers) from 2010-2012, while playing for Reid. One concern: Chiefs’ WR1 Dwayne Bowe only averaged 6.3 T/G in 2014, while Maclin averaged 9.0 T/G for the Eagles. Maclin is a much better player, so the Chiefs should target him more than they did Bowe, but it’s something to weigh when evaluating his fantasy value.

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