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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: ANTONE SMITH RB TAMPA BAY BUC'S

Health and being a Tampa Bay Buc's running back have not gone hand-in-hand during the 2016 fantasy football season to say the least.  From Doug Martin to Charles Sims to Jacquizz Rodgers, this position has been cursed with ill health all year for the team as they now turn to fourth-stringer Antone Smith to keep the run game afloat.  Smith was a pretty hot commodity when it came to the waiver wire leading into fantasy football Week 9 and that is because he is expected to get the majority of carries Thursday night against a mediocre Atlanta Falcons defense.  It is ironic Smith gets the start against Atlanta due to the fact he spent his first three years with the team after they picked him up as a free agent prior to 2010.  Smith showed flashes of ability during his time in Atlanta both in the run and passing game but he was nothing but a third back on those squads.  After a nondescript year with the Chicago Bears in 2015, Smith caught on as running back depth for the Buc's for 2016.  That depth is now being tested to say the least.  So in terms of Week 9, we know Smith will get the majority of carries in the run game and that alone makes him a promising add.  He can also catch the football as well which means he can also be used for those leagues that use a PPR system.  While we won't predict a monster game from Smith, RB 2 status is within the realm of reason.




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