Steve Smith Fantasy News

Steve Smith IN, Jonathan Stewart OUT for Panthers
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 12:02pm

Panthers Inactives
Travis Bond OG
Dan Connor ILB
Wes Horton DE
Tavarres King WR
Marvin McNutt WR
Josh Norman CB
Jonathan Stewart RB

Fantasy Impact:

Steve Smith is active, but not 100% for today's matchup. Expect a heavy dose of DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert with Jonathan Stewart out.


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Steve Smith sprains PCL, out Week 17
Monday, December 23, 2013, 1:56pm

Steve Reed on Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said WR Steve Smith sprained his PCL. Won't play against Falcons.

Fantasy Impact:

Ted Ginn will start opposite Brandon LaFell in Week 17 for the Panthers. Carolina needs to win this game to lock up the division, so Ginn could have some value if you're hurting. Overall, it's good news for Smith, who could be back for the playoffs.

Steve Smith to get MRI on knee
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 9:17pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

Steve Smith, the Carolina Panthers’ all-time receiving leader, will undergo an MRI exam on his left knee Monday morning after he injured it during the first half of the Panthers’ 17-13 win against New Orleans on Sunday.

Smith went down grabbing his knee after running a slant route in the first quarter.

After going to the locker room to be evaluated, Smith returned to the game for one play in the second quarter. But he left the field limping and did not return.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith said when he planted to jump for the ball he felt it pop. He actually returned to the game but left limping and didn't return.

Darrelle Revis playing more press man coverage
Friday, November 1, 2013, 11:10am

Tampa Tribune - [Full Article]

Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis said during his weekly radio show on WDAE (620 AM) on Thursday that his reconstructed left knee prohibited him from playing the press man style that has made him arguably the best cornerback in the league.

“Earlier in the year, I didn’t have the explosion to play press; the receiver would just run the (vertical) 9-route on me and I didn’t have the stamina to do that play in and play out, especially playing press.

“I mean, you get physical up there playing press coverage and then actually just running. That’s running full speed — you and the receiver. I didn’t have that yet.

“I’m starting to get that back now, which is awesome because I like to be in receivers faces and try to put my hands on them and try to be physical with them.”

Revis said he began to play more press coverage a week ago during the Bucs loss to Carolina, when he spent a good part of the day shadowing Panthers Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith. He said he responded well physically to that test.

Fantasy Impact:

If Revis is going to shadow Golden Tate (who caught two TDs against the Rams in Week 8), it may cause for concern for Tate owners. With Sidney Rice (ACL) out, Tate may see more targets, which could offset the bad matchup. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse could get a few extra opportunities if QB Russell Wilson avoids throwing in Revis's direction.

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 9:09am

Sports Illustrated - [Full Article]

Panthers QB Cam Newton is certainly limited in his read progressions and has a tendency of locking onto one receiver, but his teammates have to help him out.

Carolina’s pass protection has bordered on awful—the Panthers are fifth-worst in our ratings—and dropped passes by receivers have been huge. Steve Smith (two) and Brandon LaFell had drops that would have been big plays or touchdowns against the Cardinals last weekend.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton hasn't lived up to draft-day expectations so far. This week, he ranks seventh among our QBs. The potential is always there for Cam thanks to his running ability, but so far he's been at least a little bit of a disappointment.

Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:10pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

In eight series over the first two exhibitions, Panthers QB Cam Newton has guided just one touchdown drive – on a short field (18 yards) last week following Norman’s interception of Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler. The other seven series have produced four punts, two field goals and an interception.

Newton completed eight of 17 passes for 112 yards Thursday. It was the kind of inconsistent performance Newton has said he wants to eliminate.

Newton overthrew Steve Smith several times, including a fade route after the Panthers had driven inside the Eagles’ 10 late in the first half. But Rivera was not worried about Newton’s showing.

“I thought he did some nice things. He got us down there twice in scoring position,” Rivera said. “We did miss a couple throws. But he was running for his life twice, and both times he overthrew the ball. I'm not sure you put that on the quarterback alone.”

New offensive coordinator Mike Shula kept his calls conservative, but it's hard to know how much of that is his philosophy or simply not wanting to reveal too much.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton got off to a slow start in 2012, but finished on a tear. We wouldn't worry too much about preseason struggles, though it should be noted that he's playing for a new offensive coordinator this season.

Cam Newton getting time in the pocket
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 6:40pm

Charolette Observer - [Full Article]

Third-year Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spent most of training camp in the pocket, with new offensive coordinator Mike Shula only occasionally breaking out the read option.

Newton interacted more with teammates – whether it was making one-handed catches before practice or playing cards between meetings.

Fantasy Impact:

Seems like all good signs for Newton. The story also added he's been working real well with WR1 Steve Smith. He could easily be the fourth QB taken in just about any draft, behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. He'll still collect the rushing yards and TDs despite the team wanting him to stay in the pocket more.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 6:29pm

Charolette Observer - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Steve Smith, 34, has to slow down at some point, but it hasn’t happened yet. He snares everything with his hands, gets behind defensive backs and has good chemistry with QB Cam Newton.

Fantasy Impact:

We rank Smith 20th and as a low-end WR2. If you wait on WR, he's certainly a guy you can probably live with in the 7th round.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 9:01am

Charolette Observer - [Full Article]

Since Panther WR Brandon LaFell’s rookie season, WR Steve Smith has been pushing the former third-round draft choice in an attempt to groom LaFell into a No. 1 wide receiver. And LaFell has been pushing himself while also knowing that, for now, the Panthers need him to be the complement to Smith.

“I see it as another year to go out here and prove to everybody that I can really do this,” LaFell said. “A lot of people say I’m not a good No. 2 receiver, but I’m learning from one of the best guys in the game who’s the No. 1, which I’m trying to be.”

The fourth-year receiver from Louisiana State has shown improvement during each of his first three years. He tallied 468 yards in his rookie year, following that with 613 in 2011 before catching a career-high 44 balls last season for 677 yards and four touchdowns.

His yardage total likely would have been more had he not missed two games with a foot injury. But despite the improvement, he knows this has to be his year.

Fantasy Impact:

We rank LaFell just 55th but admit he should see WR2 targets. Still, he's not getting drafted according to ADPs and free agent signing Domenik Hixon could be a little bit of a concern. LaFell seems better suited for deep leagues. We expect him to stay on par with his numbers from last year for 2013: 48-680-4

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 10:07am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Domenik Hixon's (brought in as a free agent) experience and ties to general manager Dave Gettleman could make Hixon the favorite to claim the No. 3 receiver spot.

Fantasy Impact:

Ted Ginn Jr. is probably the top competition for Hixon, but it looks like Hixon has the edge, according to the story. Whomever wins will be behind starters Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell.

Rivera: Steve Smith looks "like he's 25" in OTAs
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 11:18am - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said WR Steve Smith has looked like he's 25 again during OTAs. Rivera said the veteran wideout has been diving for balls--something the coaching staff isn't wild about. And even though we're more than three months from Week One, he still shows his frustration when the ball doesn't come his way.

Fantasy Impact:

There is often value to be had with the aging (yet still productive) veteran as other owners are more interested in making sexier upside picks. Smith scares people off due to his age (34), but keep in mind that he has finished in the top 20 in seven of the last eight seasons, including the last two. There is a chance that Father Time comes calling, but Rivera's comments certainly quell some of that concern. We currently have him ranked as our #26 receiver in standard formats.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:29pm

Mike Garafalo, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Buccaneers signed WR Steve Smith to a one-year deal.

Sunday, December 30, 2012, 3:13pm

Rams Inactives
Joe Barksdale T
Sammy Brown LB
Matt Conrath DT
Austin Davis QB
Terrance Ganaway RB
Cory Harkey TE
Steve Smith WR

Danny Amendola active, risky fantasy start
Sunday, November 25, 2012, 3:06pm

Rams Inactives
Joe Barksdale T
Matt Conrath DT
Austin Davis QB
Terrance Ganaway RB
Mario Haggan OLB
Steve Smith WR
Chris Williams T

Fantasy Impact:

Danny Amendola is active for the Rams, which comes as a bit of a surprise after being listed as doubtful with a foot injury. Amendola worked out pre-game and will play after missing practice all week. Needless to say, he's a risky fantasy start.

Injury Report for MNF: Panthers @ Eagles
Saturday, November 24, 2012, 3:35pm

Carolina Panthers

DE Antwan Applewhite (hamstring)

LB James Anderson (back), LB Thomas Davis (non-injury), DT Dwan Edwards (non-injury), DT Ron Edwards (non-injury), T Jordan Gross (non-injury), G Geoff Hangartner (knee), DE Greg Hardy (illness), S Colin Jones (head), LB Jordan Senn (ankle), WR Steve Smith (finger)

Philadelphia Eagles

WR Jason Avant (hamstring), RB LeSean McCoy (concussion), RB Chris Polk (toe), QB Michael Vick (concussion)

WR Riley Cooper (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (foot/ankle), G Danny Watkins (ankle)

Fantasy Impact:

Bryce Brown will fill in for the injured McCoy, and is worth picking up as a RB2 or flex option this week. Meanwhile, rookie Nick Foles will once again start in place of Vick but should be avoided.