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Thank you Alex Smith for becoming the quarterback we were hoping Sam Bradford would be! Calm, poised, consistent, leader, and very efficient–these are some of the words we can use to describe Kansas City’s quarterback. They have finally found their man. Sorry Matt Cassell, you just weren’t cutting it for us.
But how much of Smith’s success can be tied to first-year coach Andy Reid? Well, probably a good bit, but who cares? It looks like Andy Reid will be donning red like the Kool-Aid man for quite some time, which is music to Chiefs fans’ ears. So who are some of the fantasy quarterbacks Alex Smith is outscoring after a quarter of the season is in the books? How about Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Andrew Luck, Jay Cutler, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Sam Bradford. And he is within single digit points of Matt Stafford, RG3, and Cam Newton, all three, high-round picks on draft day.
Smith’s years in San Francisco were tainted. He never had consistency with his coaches, the team struggled until just recently, and he lacked weapons. Now in KC, he has an incredibly offensive-minded coach in Andy Reid, one of the league’s best, young running backs in Jamaal Charles, and one of the league’s best offensive lines. On top of that, the Chiefs defense is playing stronger than it has in years, allowing Smith to manage at times rather than throw out of necessity. Short dump-off passes to RBs and FBs, as well as over the middle slants to WRs and TEs, has kept things simple, while preventing mistakes and turnovers.
Most of us weren’t believers right away. But with four weeks in the books, Alex Smith has doubled last year’s win total for Kansas City. And this trend should continue. Smith is scoring in the Top 12 in most leagues, and if he’s not already starting for you or one of your opponents, he should be snagged up as a viable backup option for the rest of the 2013 season.
If you have interest, but do not want to give up too much to acquire him, give it about four more weeks yet, then make your move. 3 of the next 4 games for Alex come against very good pass defenses (Tennessee, Houston, Cleveland). Outside of Cleveland, this 4-game stretch should be a good one for RB Jamaal Charles as well. But the second half of the season is where Alex Smith will come in handy. Matchups with Buffalo (22nd against the pass), Denver (30th), San Diego (29th), Denver (30th), Washington (25th), and Oakland (14th) await Alex Smith and the Chiefs. And if your league rolls into Week 17 for the championship game, he plays San Diego yet again.
As an added bonus as a QB, Smith is one of the league’s better running quarterbacks as well. In four games, he has 30 carries for 151 yards. He has yet to run one in, but it will happen eventually. So while Sam Bradford has let a lot of owners down this year so far, it’s at least nice knowing there are a few other options out there, and Alex Smith being one of them. He is currently on pace for 3,828 yards, 28 TDs, and only 8 INTs, as well as 604 yards rushing. With the league’s 5th easiest schedule, look for Smith to go over 4,000 yards and 30 TDs for the first time in his NFL career.