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Fantasy Football: Alex Smith A Legitimate Sleeper In Week 3

Alex Smith

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For the majority of his eight-year career in the NFL, Alex Smith has sat in the free agent pool throughout the larger part of the fantasy football universe. Not until Jim Harbaugh arrived in San Francisco did Smith become somewhat relevant to fantasy owners. Now that Smith is a true first-string quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs under new head coach Andy Reid, he has become a valuable commodity.

This is especially the case in Week 3 as the Chiefs face the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football. It’s no secret that the Eagles’ defense is holier than Swiss cheese, so Smith has become a legitimate sleeper for fantasy owners this week.

Because of his success over the past two seasons in San Francisco, which was cut short due to the arrival of Colin Kaepernick, Smith is owned in the majority of fantasy leagues as a back-up option. Well, if you have Smith on your bench, he’s worth a look to start against the Eagles. So far in 2013, Smith has led Kansas City to a 2-0 record, completing 60 percent of passes for 396 yards and four touchdowns. Through two games, the Eagles’ defense has allowed an average of 360 passing yards. Though Smith may not able to eclipse that amount, he will be called on by Reid to air it out against Philly’s struggling pass defense.

Best of all, Smith has not thrown an interception yet this season. Interceptions can be crippling to fantasy owners, and Smith is not the type of quarterback to heave errant passes into the secondary.

All the signs point to a successful Week 3 for Smith. If he’s on your bench and your starting QB has a questionable matchup, give some serious thought in starting the former No. 1 overall pick. He’s in a new environment and visually motivated to turn his career around. Starting Smith could be the decisive move in winning your Week 3 fantasy football matchup.