If you’re like me, you look at the backup quarterback position with as much contempt as you do carrying a second kicker or a third defense. The dream of every fantasy football owner is to be able to draft a single quarterback and then ride that pony all year long except for his inevitable bye week.
For some of you who only drafted one quarterback, that bye week has come and you’re left groping through the masses of undrafted flotsam looking for a player who can at the very least hold up his end. The good news is, we’re at a point in the season where the talent pool hasn’t completely turned into a cesspool, so you might be able to find an undervalued gem out there amongst the free agent quarterbacks.
My suggestion for this week is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
Smith has gone undrafted in a lot of leagues due to his noodle arm and questions surrounding how well he would fit in with his new team and Andy Reid’s style of offense. So far through four games, he has completed 88 passes for 957 yards and seven touchdowns. This week, he will be going up against the Tennessee Titans, who have faced three anemic passing offenses out of their first four games, allowing them to rank a dubious 11th against the pass.
Each week we have seen Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe and newest sensation Donnie Avery finding their place more and more in Reid’s offense. Unless you’re in a league that starts two quarterbacks, or the injury bug bites your roster hard, you probably won’t be using Smith as your starter every week.
Still, if your back is against the wall looking for a bye week replacement, Smith stands to turn in a serviceable stat line.