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Scouting report

by Anthony Stalter

ATL RB Antone Smith - Week 5, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5: Smith vs. Giants
Antone Smith rushed for 62 yards and one touchdown on four carries in the Falcons' Week 4 loss to the Vikings. His last 16 offensive touches have resulted in 285 yards, four touchdowns and five plays of at least 38 yards as he's a big play waiting to happen every time he touches the ball. Will OC Dirk Koetter give him more touches? Smith has certainly earned a bigger role but Koetter continues to use all four of his backs. Still, it's hard for fantasy owners to ignore Smith's production despite limited opportunities. While he only ranks as our No. 52 overall RB for Week 5 due to limited touches, pick him up if he's still on your waiver wire. At some point Smith is going to force his way into a bigger role.

by Anthony Stalter

ATL RB Antone Smith - Week 4, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4: Smith vs. Vikings
Antone Smith rushed four times for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 3 win over the Bucs. He could have had another score had he not fumbled inside the 10-yard line in the first half. He continues to be the big-play back in Atlanta's four-back committee but it's hard to trust him as a fantasy option moving forward. He simply doesn't receive enough touches to garner a roster stash, although if he keeps scoring touchdowns (he has two in three weeks) then he could hold value down the road. After suffering a hamstring injury versus Tampa Bay, Smith did practice in full this week and will suit up versus the Vikings. He's our No. 49 overall RB for Week 4.

by Anthony Stalter

ATL RB Antone Smith - Week 3, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Smith vs. Bucs
Antone Smith caught two passes for 19 yards in the Falcons' Week 2 loss to the Bengals but failed to record a rushing attempt. Smith continues to receive a few looks in the passing game but he'll never see the volume necessary to be fantasy relevant as long as Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman are healthy. Leave Smith on your waiver wire.

by Anthony Stalter

ATL RB Antone Smith - Week 2, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2: Freeman vs. Bengals
In the Falcons' 37-34 win over the Saints, Antone Smith rushed for seven yards on two carries and also caught one pass for 54 yards as he sprinted towards the end zone for his lone score. Smith has proven over the last two years that he's a homerun threat with the ball in his hands but he doesn't receive enough touches to be worth a roster spot in fantasy. He's our No. 74 overall RB for Week 2 and should remain on your waiver wire.

by Anthony Stalter

ATL RB Antone Smith - Week 1, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1: Smith vs. Saints
Antone Smith has proven to be a home run threat when he gets his opportunities but therein lies the problem: His touches are often limited in Atlanta's offense. Despite an injury suffered by Steven Jackson in Week 2 last year, Smith only carried the ball five times for 145 yards in 15 games. And now that rookie Devonta Freeman is on the roster, there will be even less opportunities for Smith. Unless injuries ravage the Falcons' depth chart, Smith won't be a fantasy option any time soon. He should remain on your waiver wire.

by Anthony Stalter

ATL RB Antone Smith - 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
With Steven Jackson sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Antone Smith has been the second back through the Falcons' rotation in preseason. With touchdown runs of 50 and 38 yards a year ago, he's shown great burst when he can get to the edge. He also had an 81-yard touchdown run wiped out in preseason due to a holding penalty, so he continues to flash when he's been given an opportunity. If Jackson suffers further injury, Smith would be in line for a change-of-pace role this season, provided that he can hold off rookie Devonta Freeman.

Fantasy Downside
Smith has been buried on Atlanta's depth chart since 2010 and despite seeing the most carries of his career a year ago, he finished with just 145 yards on five carries. Had the Falcons not drafted Freeman in May, Smith may have had an opportunity to supplant Jacquizz Rodgers as the primary COP back in Atlanta. Instead, he'll remain a core special teams player.

Bottom Line
Smith has flashed from time to time but clearly the coaching staff in Atlanta doesn't trust him enough to give him more carries. His fantasy value is contingent on injuries and even then, he's likely to be the Falcons' RB4 by the end of the season. Avoid him on draft day.

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