2016 Fantasy Football Quarterbacks: Number Fifteen – Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith is an underrated guy to have on your fantasy team. Viewed by many as a top backup, Smith is also a very safe starter for any savvy fantasy GM who wants to load up on talent at the skill positions. Smith likely won’t give you a ton of points through the air, but he comes up huge in two areas…additional points in the running game and limited negative plays.
No Shortage Of Weapons. Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce, and Jamaal Charles are a very solid trio of skill players for Alex Smith to work with. The Chiefs have also brought in a lot of young players with big potential over the past two seasons. It is no stretch of the imagination to say that this is the most talent Alex Smith has ever had around him in his entire career.
Can Young Guys Step Up? Those young players with potential will need to turn it into production. Albert Wilson, Chris Conley, Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson, Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware, Demetrius Harris, and Ross Travis all have the potential to be solid players…but they have to make it happen on the field, or it will count for nothing.
Draft Value – 10th Round: What makes Alex Smith really valuable is the fact that he should be available late in your draft. Even in your larger 16 team leagues, Smith is not likely to be one of the starters taken, and owners generally wait until late in the draft to get a backup. Let someone else make the mistake of going after some overrated QB named Matt (the NFL has a few of them), you just build your roster with receivers and backs before grabbing this value pick.
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