Steve Smith Sr. may be worth the gamble late in your fantasy football draft
Steve Smith Sr. is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. He is a 37 year old receiver. The Baltimore Ravens are hoping for a full recovery, so they can take advantage of the veteran receiver’s curtain call. But what can fantasy football players expect to get if they draft Smith Sr.?
Smith Sr. does not have off the charts value for fantasy football. His attempt at a comeback lowers expectations. The Ravens also have a lot of talent and there is only one football to go around. There are definitely reasons to have reservations about putting Smith Sr. into your lineup.
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If healthy, Smith Sr. is going to get a lot of targets. Joe Flacco has a tremendous chemistry with the former Panthers receiver. The Ravens leaned on him too much last season. It’s hard to imagine Smith Sr. on the field and the Ravens not giving him a healthy dose of the football.
It also helps that Smith Sr. is chasing history. He is 39 receptions away from his 1,000th career reception. We forget that he played several games with what essentially was a broken back. He played well too. He had 46 receptions for 670 yards and three touchdowns in seven games. He was playing hurt in the last three.
The point is Smith Sr. doesn’t need any motivation but he has plenty of motivation for this season. Imagine what he can do, if his body will let him. Smith Sr. could have a very solid season.
You can get him fairly late in your fantasy football draft. Take Smith Sr. as a potential player to put in your flex spot or even as a back up. There comes a point in fantasy football drafting, where the risk is minimal and the reward is huge. If Smith can start for the Ravens, he can be a good Wide receiver 3 or flex option for you.