Alright all of you fantasy football folks getting set to make those final changes to your week six lineup, here’s a great matchup for you this week if you own the guy: Alex Smith against the Oakland Raiders defense.
Smith’s numbers on the year won’t shock you, but they won’t tell you anything bad about his performance either — because there really hasn’t been much to harp on for the most part.
Throwing for over 1,200 yards, seven touchdowns and only three interceptions, Smith has had himself a very efficient season. He’s also ran the ball for 161 yards already — 18 shy of his career high of 179 set back in 2011.
Why is this week’s matchup a good one?
Well, for starters, the Raiders currently rank 21st against the pass and have allowed an average of 268.2 yards passing per game. Through five games, they’ve only averaged just over two sacks per contest as well. To bounce off of that number, the Raiders have three — yes, three — interceptions on the season as a team.
What does this tell me? It tells me that the Raiders can’t pressure the quarterback better than at an average level. It also tells me that their secondary isn’t playing the best ball right now.
Put two and two together, and you’ve got yourself a guy you should probably think about starting this week if you haven’t already made that decision. Unless you’ve got a top-tier quarterback, Smith has a great matchup and should be in your lineup.