Alex Smith Fantasy News

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

Monday, August 10, 2015, 5:33pm

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The Saints announced their first depth chart:

QB: Drew Brees, Luke McCown, Ryan Griffin, Garrett Grayson

WR: Brandin Cooks, Brandon Coleman, Willie Snead, Lance Lewis, Kyle Prater

WR: Marques Colston, Nick Toon, Seantavius Jones, Joseph Morgan, Josh Morgan, R.J. Harris, Jalen Saunders

RB: Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson, C.J. Spiller, Tim Hightower, Edwin Baker, Marcus Murphy

FB: Austin Johnson, Erik Lorig, Toben Opurum

TE: Benjamin Watson, Josh Hill, Orson Charles, Kevin Brock, Alex Smith

Fantasy Impact:

There weren't a lot of surprises according to the author, except that some of the team's younger WRs were listed ahead of veterans. But it's been pretty clear the team is going with a youth movement at the position, so Brandon Coleman, who could end up as the team's WR3, and Seantavius Jones were ahead of guys like Joseph Morgan and Josh Morgan.

Chiefs passing game still up and down in camp

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Deep balls haven’t filled the air at Missouri Western State University, but the Chiefs have tried to shoot the ball down the field with more regularity.

“It was a point of emphasis for us all offseason and we’ve worked hard on it,’’ quarterback Alex Smith said. “I feel good about where we’re at. It’s just a matter of kind of continuing that. It’s one of those things that you just always have to work at it, always have to stay on it.

“The moment you’re feeling good . . . It’s just one of those things you have to practice all the time, rep all the time. It’s hard though. Guys are tired. They don’t want to run them all the time after practice. But you have to keep doing it.’’

Fantasy Impact:

We all know by now none of Alex Smith TD passes went to a WR last year but the Chiefs are trying to correct that bringing in Jeremy Maclin to at least help push the ball down field more, not necessarily using deep passes, the story said. So far in camp, some days the deep ball has worked worked and others it hasn’t. Smith connected with Maclin a number of times in the first practice of camp last week. The next day many of Smith’s passes to Maclin fell incomplete and the two looked like they had never practiced together before. It's not shaping up to be a great passing offense you want to stack your fantasy team with.

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