Alex Smith Fantasy News

Alex Smith didn't have full playbook until midseason
Monday, February 10, 2014, 12:09pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs QB Alex Smith didn't have the entire playbook at his disposal until midseason.

“It was our first year in the offense, we didn’t turn the ball over, we were opportunistic in the red zone, but yes we didn’t really have the entire playbook at hand, and that’s to be expected in the first year with a lot of new faces. So as the year went on and we got more comfortable and coach Reid got more comfortable with us and his staff, he started to trust us with more and we showed that we could handle it. By the end, I was feeling really good about things.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith posted the #12 average (17.3 PPG) on the season. Prior to the Chiefs' Week 10 bye, he averaged 213 yards and 1.0 TD. After the bye (and including the playoffs), he averaged 253 yards and 2.6 TD. That's 22.7 PPG -- for reference, Drew Brees averaged 22.6 PPG in 2013. Smith is likely to be a great value on draft day.

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Chiefs starting offense inactive in meaningless game
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:29pm

Chiefs Inactives
Branden Albert T
Dwayne Bowe WR
Jamaal Charles RB
Tamba Hali OLB
Derrick Johnson ILB
Dontari Poe NT
Alex Smith QB

Fantasy Impact:

As outlined in our Who's Motivated? article this week, the Chiefs have nothing to play for today with their playoff spot locked up. As a result Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles & Dwayne Bowe are inactive. Knile Davis should see the bulk of the carries with Cyrus Gray also in the mix. Chase Daniel will start at QB. Avoid all Chiefs if possible as this is an unpredictable fantasy situation.

Chiefs starters likely to play 'a series or two'
Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 10:16am

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs HC Andy Reid will likely rest some of his starters in Week 17:

“I’m going to work some guys in,” Reid said. “Most of them have already worked in. … I talked to the team, and I will have it figured out by the end of the week exactly how I’m going to work it.”

Translated, that means the Chiefs, 11-4, likely will approach this game against San Diego, 8-7, much like Reid did four times in Philadelphia when his Eagles’ teams were locked into playoff positions going into a final week, the same way most teams approach a final preseason game.

He’ll give the starters a series or two and then go to the backups. Unlike in the preseason, a team with 53 players on the active roster can’t rest everyone. But don’t expect to see much of quarterback Alex Smith, running back Jamaal Charles or outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who did not practice Tuesday because of a swollen knee.

Fantasy Impact:

With Charles likely playing a low number of snaps, Knile Davis is likely to see a career high in touches against the Chargers. This is why we recommend that leagues wrap up their finals Week 16 or earlier. It's a shame that championship-caliber teams with Charles won't be able to use their star RB in the title game.

Chiefs could rest guys Week 17
Monday, December 23, 2013, 1:52pm

Terez Paylor on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs HC Andy Reid says he hasn't decided what he going to do as far as resting guys against San Diego. He said he's had some success doing it in the past, though.

Fantasy Impact:

Even if guys like Jamaal Charles, Alex Smith and Dwayne Bowe play, it could only be a half, making them risky plays if your fantasy league has meaningful games in Week 17. The Chiefs are locked into the fifth seed as a wild card team.

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8:55am

Sports Illustrated - [Full Article]

To beat the good teams, the Chiefs are going to have to start stretching the field. Defenses know QB Alex Smith is overly conservative, so they’re dropping a safety down and playing a lot of man.

The Chiefs have a big problem with receiver Dwayne Bowe. Not sure what has happened to him, but he lacks explosion and can’t beat man coverage anymore. Defenses don’t fear him at all.

Fantasy Impact:

Bowe has been pretty invisible so far this season outside of a garbage-time TD against the Giants. It doesn't help that Smith tends to check down more than throw down field. We rank Bowe 33rd this week, which is equal to a high-end WR4 in 10 team leagues.

Alex Smith has 'hardly looked downfield'
Friday, August 23, 2013, 9:08pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Will Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith find Dwayne Bowe? The Chiefs have had Smith play it safe in the first two preseason games, and he’s hardly looked downfield. Bowe will command double coverage until someone, be it Donnie Avery, Devon Wylie or newly acquired A.J. Jenkins proves he can get open as the second receiver and stretch the defense. But not to have targeted Bowe yet in preseason doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Fantasy Impact:

While it would be nice to see Smith and Bowe hooking up with regularity, it is not terribly alarming that Smith hasn't targeted Bowe through two preseason games. Bowe is by far the team's best receiving option so the duo should get on track soon.

Jamaal Charles (foot) likely to sit out preseason
Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:52pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

A league source tells PFT that Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not play against the 49ers in the Alex Smith Bowl on Friday night as a result of the foot injury he suffered earlier this week. As coach Andy Reid said on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN earlier this week, Charles would play if this were a regular season game but it isn’t and there’s not much sense risking further injury to a player who will do a lot of heavy lifting on offense for K.C. this season.

Third-round pick Knile Davis will get a chance to show off his skills in Charles’ absence with Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray also moving up a notch on the depth chart for this game and, it seems, the rest of the summer.

Fantasy Impact:

There's no point in bringing Charles back unnecessarily for a meaningless preseason games. The Chiefs know that he'll be able to do what they need him to do when the games start to count.

Alex Smith "mostly content" with short throws
Friday, August 16, 2013, 6:44pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Even in practice, while Chiefs QB Alex Smith has taken shots down the field with deep passes, he’s been mostly content to throw shorter routes in front of the coverage.

But Dwayne Bowe, who during the spring predicted he would lead the NFL this season in catches and receiving touchdowns, said he isn’t worried.

“We’re progressing,’’ he said. “Coach says we’ve got to crawl before you walk. As long as you’re moving the chains, the offense will be productive. It’s preseason. We’re working on the mechanics of getting the ball thrown deep. It’s all a process. We’ve got one game down, three more to go and then the real season starts. And that’s when you’ll see Bombs Over Baghdad.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Smith is still going to throw a lot of passes in Andy Reid's offense, so he should be a decent QB2 based on volume alone. Eventually, he'll have to throw the ball deep. He was solid in that part of the game while in San Francisco, but was aided by the 49ers' strong running game.

Jamaal Charles has been very active in passing game
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 1:31pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

After running for more than 1,500 yards last season in his return from a devastating knee injury, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles now is getting a chance to showcase his versatility. He's been catching plenty of balls out of the backfield while also lining up at wide receiver for new coach Andy Reid.

Charles is now running plays that are designed for him to catch passes from new QB Alex Smith, which means a whole lot more studying. He no longer has to learn only the blocking schemes and when to pick up blitzes -- like he would if he lined up exclusively in the backfield -- but he also must read pass coverages and find open spaces down the field.

"Jamaal is a big part of it," Reid said. "He's capable of doing the same things [Brian Westbrook] did (and) [LeSean McCoy] did, as far as the passing game. He's a legitimate threat with his speed, his route-running ability and his hands. He catches the ball very easily."

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Charles to catch 57 passes in 2013, which would be a career high. It sounds as if he'll be a very busy running back.

Vernon Davis on the same page as his quarterback
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 12:54pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

After Colin Kaepernick supplanted Alex Smith at quarterback last season, Vernon Davis' receiving numbers dwindled. He caught six passes for 61 yards in the final six regular-season games and vented his frustration. After diligently developing a rapport with Smith, he said, he would have to start anew with Kaepernick.

That relationship began to take root in the playoffs when Davis caught 12 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown in three games.

It's carried into 49ers training camp.

Davis has been the perfect match for Kaepernick's ever-improving long ball, and he has been by far the most consistent deep threat in an offense that, to this point, has lacked any firepower at wide receiver apart from veteran Anquan Boldin.

Davis this summer predominantly has worked out of his familiar tight end spot, where he can be used in both the passing game and as a run blocker. But he's also taken a few snaps from the slot position.

Fantasy Impact:

Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten are certainly "safer," but Davis's upside makes him tough to pass on in the 5th/6th rounds. He followed up a 6-106-1 line against the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game with 8-104 in the Super Bowl. When he saw 6+ targets in 2012, he averaged 5.3-88-.83. Those are Gronk-type numbers.

Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:39am

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

The Chiefs signed free-agent wide receiver Donnie Avery with the hope he would be the speed receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe and for competition with Jon Baldwin. But Avery, who missed much of the offseason program because of an ankle injury, has had an issue with dropped passes and worked with the second unit.

Fantasy Impact:

We keep waiting for Baldwin's breakout season and this could very well be it - if things stay the same - and with a pass-heavy coach in Andy Reid and a new QB in Alex Smith. He's still nothing more than a late-round flier at this point and there's still a good chance Avery gets a shot to win the job.

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 11:03am

Adam Teicher on Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Dwayne Bowe could be back on practice field for Chiefs this morning. He passed his physical, according to the NFL's transaction notice.

Fantasy Impact:

We predict Bowe to be a solid WR2 when all is said and done. He's currently ranked 15th among our WRs and has an ADP of the early 5th round, which is a bit higher than some WRs around him like Torrey Smith, Antonio Brown and Marques Colston who all have ADPs of the sixth or higher. A pass-happy coach in Andy Reid and a new QB in Alex Smith make Bowe an interesting pick this year.

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1:35pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

It was all passing, all Wednesday morning for the Chiefs’ quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans. The Chiefs have not attempted a running play during the team portions of the first two days of camp. Quarterback Alex Smith wasted little time finding his favorite target, rookie tight end Travis Kelce, on several routes.

Fantasy Impact:

Kelce is a deep sleeper at the TE position, but the more important thing to note is that the Chiefs are not focused on the running game right now. That might be because they know Jamaal Charles is very capable in that part of the offense and they want to work on the passing game. We wouldn't worry too much about Charles's usage -- LeSean McCoy got plenty of run under Andy Reid in the last few years.

Vernon Davis won't morph into a full-time wideout
Monday, July 1, 2013, 10:25am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

There’s no doubt that San Francisco coaches are concerned about the absence of wide receiver Michael Crabtree (Achilles) from the passing game. But the suggestion that the 49ers are considering moving Vernon Davis full-time to wide receiver, based on his extensive “reps” at the position in recent sessions, are overblown, the 49ers tell NFP. There are some new wrinkles planned for Davis, who can stretch the field like few tight ends and who possesses unique abilities, but he won’t morph into a full-time wideout. The coaches note that, while it took Colin Kaepernick a while to develop the same chemistry that Alex Smith had with the tight end – Davis had 29 receptions (and 41 targets) in the nine games Smith started and just a dozen receptions (and 20 targets) in Kaepernick’s seven regular-season starts – the two hooked up 11 times in San Francisco’s final two playoff games. Although the Kaepernick-Davis tandem connected only six times in the last six regular-season outings, Davis was targeted 14 times in the NFC championship game and the Super Bowl. And he had over 100 yards in both those contests.

Fantasy Impact:

Still, it's nice to hear that the team has installed new "wrinkles" for Davis. The article is right about his strong finish. His 3.8 targets per game during the regular season ranked 29th in the league below guys like Anthony Fasano, Rob Housler and Lance Kendricks. Davis was 9th in that category in 2010 and 10th in 2011, so the 49ers should get Davis more involved in 2013. He followed up a 6-106-1 line against the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game with 8-104 in the Super Bowl. When he saw 6+ targets in 2012, he averaged 5.3-88-.83. Those are Gronk-type numbers.

Chiefs will run some 'pistol' with Jamaal Charles
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8:28pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Kansas City Chiefs recently imported Chris Ault, the godfather of the pistol offense, to help install the NFL's latest strategic craze. The offense is old hat for Jamaal Charles, who operated out of the pistol under offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and quarterback Tyler Thigpen back in 2008.

"I ran it my rookie year and I love it," Charles said on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Thursday. "I ain't never been around no offense that's about to be explosive and about to put me in space and making me make plays. I see Frank Gore had success with (the pistol) with the (San Francisco) 49ers. If he can have success, I hope I can have success as well."

Fantasy Impact:

Charles's arrow is pointing up with the arrival of Andy Reid as head coach and the capable Alex Smith at quarterback.