Is Carolina’s Steve Smith Overrated?

Oct 29, 2010


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I love the original Steve Smith. He’s undersized, but is as fiery as he is talented. He has been one of the best receivers in the game since help establish the third-year receiver rule back in 2003. I think he may be a little overrated though.
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He’s had a couple of monster seasons where he went over 1400 yards, but has just five 1000 seasons in his  ten year career. He has reached double-digit TDs just once. He’s had just one 90 catch season.
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It’s not all his fault though. He hasn’t exactly been blessed with quality QB play the past few years. He has managed to be productive in spite of inept QB play. He also hasn’t had many seasons in which he had a legitimate WR on the other side to take the pressure off. Plus, Carolina has been a run-first team for the majority of his tenure.
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Those circumstances may explain his career numbers, but they don’t help your fantasy team. While David Gettis and Brandon LaFell looked good last week, I wouldn’t go so far as to declare them legitimate threats that will take attention away from Steve Smith.
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While Matt Moore torched the Niners for 308 yards and a pair of scores, I wouldn’t hang my hat on him just yet. It was his first good game this year, and only third good game of his career.
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The Rams (Carolina’s Week 8 opponent) aren’t a good defense, but they are much better this year. They rank 18th with 221.9 passing yards allowed and tied for 8th (with six other teams) with 8 passing TDs allowed.
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Is Smith’s ankle 100% healed? Probably not. It’s good enough though. With the questions at quarterback, and their offense in general, it makes it tough to count on Smith this week. I’ve seen him ranked in the top 15-20 making him a WR2 for the week. Personally, I have him at 30 (click to see WR rankings), making him a WR3.
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Would I start him this week? Sure. However, he is not a must start. Until he and the rest of the Carolina offense show they can move the chains and score some points, I will be hesitant to trust Smith.
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    2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

    1. Grant
      November 1st, 2010 at 10:05 am #

      I think you can point Steve Smith’s (and similarly Larry Fitzgerald’s) troubles to one thing: Poor offensive line play, resulting in poor QB play and the inability for each of those teams to establish the run. Both Smith and Fitzgerald are still the apples of their respective QB’s eyes, and both are good enough to produce even while being consistently double-teamed. But when the QB is being hurried on almost every single passing play … hey, what can you do?

    2. LestersLegends
      November 1st, 2010 at 10:09 am #

      There is a lot of truth to that statement. Offensive lines, though they aren’t sexy are what makes teams go. They don’t get the glory, especially from fantasy football players, but without protection, you’re toast. I think that is, as much as any reason, why Favre is struggling this year.

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