When Alex Smith was drafted with the number one overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers back in 2005, many were unhappy. Well, it looks like the jokes on them, as Smith lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance and will look to close the chapter.
Wait, what’s that? He won’t be playing? What the heck is a Colin Kaepernick?
Okay, okay. Joke is over. I’m sure I don’t need to get into the whole Smith/Kaepernick story line from 2013, so I won’t. With the Super Bowl just hours away, I thought I’d take a look into my crystal ball for next season. Reports out of San Francisco are that Smith’s days in the bay area are numbered. If the team cannot make a trade for Smith, they will certainly release him. Teams that are reportedly interested in the 28-year old are the Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. Obviously, Smith is not an ideal fantasy quarterback by any means, as he is more of a game manager. He would be more of a QB2 if you play in two-quarterback leagues, but would be an incredible one if he were to land on the right team.
-Extremely viable number one wideout in Stevie Johnson.
– Improving offensive line year after year.
– Emerging star running back in C.J. Spiller, who is a factor in both the run and the passing game.
– He would be throwing to arguably the best receiver in football in Larry Fitzgerald. Need I say more? This would also boost Fitzgerald’s fantasy value, which continues to plummet.
– Speedy, athletic weapons on the outside in Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.
– One of the best, most versatile runners in the league, LeSean McCoy.
– May provide more fantasy impact under new head coach Chip Kelly.
Kansas City Chiefs
– Well, it looks like Dwayne Bowe could be heading out the door, so that stinks.
– But hey, Jamaal Charles is really good, right?
These teams all present good and bad for Smith’s fantasy value. But with the right situation and players around him, Smith can be a very viable number two quarterback for fantasy owners next season.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football/hockey columnist for Rant Sports.
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