Fantasy owners of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton are the first to face the annoying and occasionally disastrous task of finding a bye week replacement for their highly drafted stars. Luckily, there is a very clear replacement for these owners this week, in the form of the quarterback of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, Alex Smith.
Smith is by no means a fantasy star, but he is a perfect replacement player. Replacements are all about matchups, and Smith has a great one in the New York Giants. The Giants have given up 36, 41 and 38 points this season, including 7 passing TDs. Newton himself just ripped the Giants apart to the tune of 223 and 3 scores passing to go with 45 yards and 1 TD rushing, and his owners would surely like to take advantage of the porous New York defense again.
Smith has been solid all season, throwing for 669 yards and 4 TDs while adding 114 rushing yards. Smith also hasn’t turned the ball over yet this season, which is always a good thing for fantasy owners. With Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery and Jamaal Charles out of the backfield, Smith has plenty of weapons to work with.
The Chiefs are likely to focus their attack on Charles and the ground game, and anyone looking to start Smith should be aware that he is not likely to put up huge numbers. However, 200-250 yards and 2 touchdowns is a reasonable expectation, and he will probably chip in a few points with his legs as well. He should put up right around 15 fantasy points, and maybe more, which is perfectly satisfactory for a bye week replacement.
When looking for a bye week replacement it’s all about playing matchups and trying to get the best odds for a decent performance. This week at quarterback Alex Smith is by far the best bet, and owners of Rodgers and Newton should be sure to claim him off waivers.