Steve L Smith Fantasy News

Cam Newton's foot surgery is successful
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon to repair ligament damage in his left ankle.

The full recovery process is four months, which would take Newton until the start of training camp. However, he could be freed to throw on a limited basis before then.

"Dr. (Robert) Anderson did not find anything unexpected in the procedure and the surgery went well," Carolina head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a statement.

Fantasy Impact:

This is the second red flag in Newton's offseason, the other being the Panthers' woeful WR situation. They cut Steve L Smith and let both Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn walk as well.

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Steve Smith sees himself as clear No. 2 receiver
Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:39am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Going on 35 years old, Steve L Smith has no illusions of grandeur.

The five-time Pro Bowler knows he’s not a No. 1 wide receiver anymore.

Smith made that clear to reporters Friday after signing, relaying how he sees himself fitting into new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, and pulling back the curtain on what their conversations may have sounded like.

“I don’t see myself in Coach Kubiak’s system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson],” Smith said. “I see the complementary dude of [former Texans wide receiver] Kevin Walter.

“I see how he contributed and how he was instrumental in getting Andre the ball but also getting his own opportunities.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith will likely see the third- or fourth-most targets behind Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and perhaps Marlon Brown (or even Ray Rice). Anquan Boldin finished #34 and #30 as the Ravens' WR2 in 2011 and 2012, respectively, so that's probably near the high-end of projected production for Smith as he joins a new team.

Ravens sign Steve Smith
Friday, March 14, 2014, 5:32pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Ravens and WR Steve L Smith reached an agreement.

Fantasy Impact:

After finishing in the top 20 at his position in seven of of his eight seasons from 2005 to 2012, Smith was the #43 WR in 2013, losing a step due to his age (34). He should be able to help the Ravens, who are still trying to replace Anquan Boldin. His arrival puts a dent in the upside of Marlon Brown, who posted 49-524-7 as a rookie. From a fantasy standpoint, Smith is likely a WR4/WR5 heading into the 2014 season.

Panthers expecting to release Steve Smith
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10:14am

Bill Voth, Twitter - [Full Article]

Unable to find a trade partner, the Panthers will release WR Steve L Smith today, officially ending his 13-year career with the club. [Update: The Panthers announced that they released Smith.]

Fantasy Impact:

Smith's cap number is too much for the Panthers to swallow, though the team is not in a position to be throwing away talent at wideout. Smith is past his prime, but he can still play and he won't have a problem finding a new team assuming the price tag is reasonable.

Panthers attempting to trade Steve Smith
Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:46pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Panthers are attempting to trade WR Steve L Smith, per source. Given his $7M cap number and age (34), seems unlikely.

Fantasy Impact:

If they can't trade him, it's likely he'll be cut. It's going to be strange to see Smith wearing another uniform. With Smith likely gone, there is going to be a ton of opportunity in the Carolina passing game.

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Steve Smith has a setback on Thursday
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 4:37pm

Jonathan Jones, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Steve L Smith said he went from 71 percent yesterday to 57 percent today. Without a grading curve he said he had a setback.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like Smith intends to play, but he won't be at full strength. Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn are likely to see extra work/targets with Smith hobbled.

Steve Smith expected to return to practice next week
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 12:00pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve L Smith has done most of his rehab work indoors, but head coach Ron Rivera hopes to have Smith and the other two injured starters on the field next week and playing in the Jan. 12 divisional-round playoff game.

Smith sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 16 against the Saints and missed the regular-season finale at Atlanta. Running back Jonathan Stewart has missed three games with a sprained MCL, and defensive tackle Colin Cole sat out the Atlanta game with a strained calf.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith has had a disappointing fantasy season, but he's a key cog in Carolina's pass offense.

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Steve Smith, Jonathan Stewart ruled out
Friday, December 27, 2013, 1:56pm

Steve Reed, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Steve L Smith and RB Jonathan Stewart have been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact:

DeAngelo Williams has been the #8 RB over the past two weeks with Stewart sidelined. With Smith out, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn are Sneaky Starts against a shaky Falcons pass defense.

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