Has there been a more surprising fantasy quarterback this season than Alex Smith? Well, after Nick Foles, Smith might be at the top of the list. Smith has scored at least 21 fantasy points in four of his last five games. Despite the Kansas City Chiefs dropping their last three games, Smith has been a bright spot for this team.
When Andy Reid came to Kansas City, he made a clear emphasis on the running game. Jamaal Charles had 135 carries (19.28 per game) in the first seven games. Charles hasn’t rushed as much, doing so an average of 16.33 times per game in the last three games. This has been a result of Reid loosening the reins on Smith.
Smith has thrown the ball 125 times in the last three games. He had 40 attempts just once and four interceptions in his first nine games this season. Charles’ big-play ability and being the No. 1 option has forced defenses to focus on him and allowed Smith to find the open receiver.
Looking towards the fantasy playoffs, Smith and the Chiefs (sounds like a 70s band name) have a very favorable schedule. This week, he takes on the Washington Redskins. Afterward, he plays the Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts. They allow 18.3, 17.7 and 15.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks respectively.
Fantasy owners have taken notice to Smith’s success. He’s owned in 71.5 percent of ESPN.com leagues, an increase of 3.7 percent over the last week. With the struggles of top-tier quarterbacks like Matt Ryan or the injury situation in Green Bay or Chicago, Smith could be a nice play to help lead you to a win in the first round of the playoffs.