Fantasy Football Profile: Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith had an unbelievable year considering he played for a winless team. He had 976 yards rushing with 8 TDs. He added 39 receptions for 286 yards. Plus he didn’t have more than 16 carries until Week 10. From Week 10 to Week 17 he averaged 99.4 total yards per game and half a TD. With Matthew Stafford running the show at some point, the Lions will lean more heavily on Smith with both the run and as a safety net in the passing game. The Lions also added Tight End Brandon Pettigrew, who should help pave the way for a successful 2009 campaign for Kevin Smith.
Kevin Smith should get off to a nice start with New Orleans in Week 1. If the Vikings’ Williams Wall (Pat & Kevin) lost their appeal, they’ll miss the Week 2 tilt with the Lions, which would bode well for Smith. He also has some nice matchups in Week 8 against St. Louis, Week 11 against Cleveland, and Week 13 against Cincinnati. His fantasy playoff opener is against Baltimore, which is tough, but if you have a bye or are able to get by, you’ll be in good shape with matchups against Arizona and San Francisco.
Smith will go in the late second or third round in most fantasy drafts, with a bump in PPR leagues. I’m expecting him to have 1400 total yards and 8 TDs.