Alex Smith Fantasy News

Monday, April 6, 2015, 8:03pm

Newsday - [Full Article]

In an attempt to improve his game, Jets QB Geno Smith turned to Tom Brady's quarterback guru.

The Jets quarterback has spent time in California this offseason working out with former major-league pitcher-turned-quarterback tutor Tom House, who also has worked with Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Matt Cassel and former Jet Tim Tebow.

"It wasn't a thing where I needed to change things," said Smith, who is 11-18 in two seasons. "It was basically just going out there to work out and get better, and that's what we accomplished."

"As of right now, I'm just focusing on getting better every single day and relishing every single opportunity that I have," Smith said on a conference call Monday after the team's first day of voluntary workouts. "Today's only Day 1, Phase 1."

Fantasy Impact:

Smith said he is "very pleased" with the progress he's made, but it remains to be seen what his new coaching staff thinks of him compared with the other quarterbacks on the roster, the story added. The Jets traded for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team has hinted they may want to add another quarterback.

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Browns sign WR Dwayne Bowe

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 3:59pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Browns are signing WR Dwayne Bowe, source said. Cleveland is giving him a two-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Bowe should start opposite Brian Hartline with Andrew Hawkins manning the slot. He hasn't finished in the top 40 since 2011, and while his QB play in Kansas City wasn't great, it's not like Josh McCown is an upgrade over Alex Smith. We're expecting more disappointing numbers from Bowe in 2015.

WR Jeremy Maclin officially signs with the Chiefs

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 1:01pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Wednesday that the club has signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Fantasy Impact:

Rapoport reported that the deal was worth $11 million per season. Maclin was the #9 wide receiver in both standard and PPR formats last season. However, he did most of his damage in the first eight games (46-801-8, #2 WR) and faded from Week 10 on (40-528-2, #23 WR). His targets dropped from 10.5 per game in the first half of the season to just 7.5 T/G down the stretch, but this decrease basically coincided with Mark Sanchez taking over for Nick Foles at quarterback. Now he’ll have Alex Smith as his quarterback and should see plenty targets alongside up-and-coming TE Travis Kelce. HC Andy Reid is very familiar with Maclin, so we would expect his transition to be a smooth one, though this appears to be 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.

Report: Chiefs will release WR Dwayne Bowe on Wednesday

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 2:22pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Kansas City Chiefs are moving on from Dwayne Bowe.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Chiefs are expected to release Bowe on Wednesday, according to a source. Bowe became expendable when the team locked into an agreement with Jeremy Maclin on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Bowe's production has been on the decline since 2011, though the last two years (with QB Alex Smith) have been particularly ugly.

Jeremy Maclin reunites with Chiefs HC Andy Reid

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10:15pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The wild ride of subtraction and addition will apparently continue with the Philadelphia Eagles because receiver Jeremy Maclin plans to reunite with former coach Andy Reid on the Kansas City Chiefs once free agency officially begins on Tuesday, according to league sources.

The Chiefs will need to clear salary-cap space to sign Maclin, whose new contract would project in the range of what Randall Cobb received to stay with the Green Bay Packers at $10 million per year. It's possible Maclin could slightly exceed Cobb's salary when negotiations are finished. Unlike Cobb, who chose to remain with his team, the Green Bay Packers, Maclin is prepared to depart Philadelphia, coming off his best season, in which he had 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. Maclin played on a one-year, $5.25 million contract in 2014 after missing 2013 with an ACL injury.

Update: The deal is reportedly worth around $11 million per season.

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin was the #9 wide receiver in both standard and PPR formats last season. However, he did most of his damage in the first eight games (46-801-8, #2 WR) and faded from Week 10 on (40-528-2, #23 WR). His targets dropped from 10.5 per game in the first half of the season to just 7.5 T/G down the stretch, but this decrease basically coincided with Mark Sanchez taking over for Nick Foles at quarterback. If the report turns out to be true, he'll have Alex Smith as his quarterback and could hog targets alongside up-and-coming TE Travis Kelce. Reid is familiar with Maclin, so we would expect his transition to be a smooth one, though this appears to be a system downgrade.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (spleen, out) missed practice Friday and is out for Week 17. Chase Daniel gets the start. In his only start last season (also against San Diego), Daniel completed 21 of 30 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed seven times for 59 yards and was the #13 QB on the week.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith out for Week 17 with a lacerated spleen

Friday, December 26, 2014, 12:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has a lacerated spleen and will miss Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday.

Chase Daniel will start in Smith's place against the the Chargers, who can clinch a playoff berth with a victory.

Daniel has one career start, which came last season in Week 17 and also was against the Chargers. The Chiefs lost the game but Daniels played well, throwing for 200 yards and a touchdown, completing 21 of his 30 pass attempts.

Fantasy Impact:

Daniel also rushed seven times for 59 yards in his start against the Chargers, so he was the #13 QB that week. We're not expecting Daniel to run the offense as efficiently as Smith does, so we're projecting a reduction in passing yards, which will impact TE Travis Kelce and the other Kansas City receivers.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:18pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

The 49ers rank 31st in passing yards, which would be their worst finish in Jim Harbaugh’s four-year tenure, though they were 30th last season.

QB Colin Kaepernick said Tuesday he’s intent on improving his mechanics and all-around game in the offseason.

Why wait?

“It’s hard to break habits in-season,” Kaepernick said. “You don’t want to completely change something because it can throw off everything else you’re doing.”

Fantasy Impact:

Kaepernick may seek out a mechanics coach, saying “that’s still in the works.” It’s also something that Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Alex Smith and others have done in their offseasons, the story said.

Jamaal Charles thought ankle injury was more serious

Monday, December 8, 2014, 10:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jamaal Charles thought the same thing many Kansas City Chiefs fans no doubt did when he had his left leg wrenched during a pile of humanity in the first quarter of Sunday’s 17-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“It was scary at first,’’ Charles said. “I thought I tore my knee up.

“I just got twisted up. Everything got twisted up.’’

Those were sobering words coming from Charles, who knows what a ruined knee feels like. He tore his ACL during the 2011 season.

Fantasy Impact:

Monday, HC Andy Reid said Charles was dealing with swelling in the knee and ankle, but didn't seemed concerned about Charles' Week 15 status. According to the ESPN story, Charles had a mere sprained ankle and he was able to return and finish the game. Charles didn’t get a heavy amount of use, with 10 carries and a pair of pass receptions. But he rushed for 91 yards and scored both of the Chiefs’ touchdowns, one on a 63-yard run and the other on an 18-yard catch from quarterback Alex Smith. He appears good to go, but keep an eye on Charles this week. The Chiefs have a nice, home, Week 15 matchup against the Raiders in what will also be a revenge game. If you own Charles and/or just have an extra roster spot, Knile Davis should be owned.

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 4:00pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

Colin Kaepernick has attempted more deep passes than anyone in the NFL. Yes, more than Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, and, heck, almost twice as many as Aaron Rodgers.

Failure with the long ball has helped turn the 49ers (7-5) into long shots at a playoff berth.

Kaepernick went 0-of-10 on throws of at least 10 yards in Thursday night’s 19-3 flop against the Seattle Seahawks, and both of Richard Sherman’s interceptions came on two such passes.

“It’s not an evolved passing game. It doesn’t seem like cutting edge,” said Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton, an all-time great deep threat.

Fantasy Impact:

There’s no doubting Kaepernick has one of the league’s strongest arms. That helped make him such a fascinating prospect when he replaced Alex Smith in the midst of a 2012 run to the Super Bowl the story said. Kaepernick’s accuracy, however, ranks 20th when it comes to passes of 20 yards or more, the story continued. He’s attempted a league-high 61 passes in that range, and he’s completed 20, with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 9. Smith should be fine for a great matchup against the Jets. He had a great matchup in Week 8, but failed to score a touchdown as the Chiefs found other ways to score.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right shoulder) took full practice reps again Thursday. Smith should be fine for a great matchup against the Jets. He had a great matchup in Week 8, but failed to score a touchdown as the Chiefs found other ways to score.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (right shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Smith should be fine for a great matchup against the Jets. He had a great matchup in Week 8, but failed to score a touchdown as the Chiefs found other ways to score.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 3:56pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

For the second time this season, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he was guilty of not getting the ball enough to running back Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs failed to get the ball to Charles on any of their final 10 plays of Sunday's 22-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

At his Monday news conference, Reid said he particularly regretted the failure to utilize Charles on a possession late in the third quarter, when the Chiefs led 17-16. The Chiefs ran five plays on that drive, four passes and a scramble by quarterback Alex Smith, before punting.

On their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Chiefs had a third down and one. Instead of giving the ball to Charles, they threw an incomplete pass to Dwayne Bowe and then punted.

"If we had that to do over again, and this is hindsight, but I'd probably come back and hand it to him and give him an opportunity to make that play," Reid said.

Fantasy Impact:

This is nothing new for Reid if you've followed his coaching career. He often said the same about Brian Westbrook in Philadelphia after games the Eagles gave up on running the ball. While there is a good chance the Chiefs come out in Week 6 and run more, there will be future games when Reid probably says something similar after abandoning the run.

Monday, September 22, 2014, 10:36am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Credit to the Chiefs for keeping RB Joe McKnight. They pledged to keep their best 53 players regardless of position and, in McKnight’s case at least, followed through.

Even the Chiefs didn’t know they would need McKnight so much and so early in the season. They went exclusively with a short passing game against the Dolphins. All of quarterback Alex Smith's 25 attempts went less than 10 yards, eight yards being his longest throw of the day.

The Chiefs were looking for receivers who could run and make yards after the catch, and they correctly identified McKnight to be in that category. He played mainly on passing downs and was a prominent part of the game plan.

Fantasy Impact:

McKnight could still have a role when Jamaal Charles returns, especially after coming off this performance and even with Charles an excellent pass catcher himself. After all, the Chiefs don't have a ton of throwing options. McKnight may have some value in deeper leagues for those who can't afford to wait things out, but is still very questionable for those in typical leagues.

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