RB Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions
From the beginning, Smith was supposed to be a big part of the Detroit resurgence. Because of injuries, he’s back in the mix and on Sunday he made the most of his opportunity by being the fantasy star of the day. The only problem was no one had Smith on their roster.
He was drafted in the third round in 2008 by the Lions just because of all the records he set at Central Florida. In his first season at Detroit, he didn’t disappoint as he led the team with 976 rushing yards and 8 TD’s.
His second season was filled with injuries, but he still managed decent numbers. 2010 was a complete mess. Between injuries, not starting any games and rookie Jahvid Best making an immediate impact, Smith was left out to pasture and eventually let go by the Lions.
Smith was unable to stick with any team this season following the lockout and then two weeks ago, his former team called. They were desperate and knew Smith would be able to help since he knew the system. Can you imagine the anxiety that goes through a young player with so much promise that no one in the league wanted?
Smith got an opportunity in Sunday’s game against the Lions and showed his team and the league that he can still perform at a high level. He combined for 201 yards rushing and receiving to go along with 3 TD’s in a 49-35 win.
While Best is still out with a concussion and backups Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams don’t have big play abilities, Smith’s speed and quickness reminded the Lions Sunday why he was drafted which should keep him getting the ball.
There is only one pickup to be made this week and it’s Smith. He’s the type of gift free-agent pickup that can turn a marginal fantasy team into an instant contender and be the missing link to make your team dangerous in the playoffs. It’s unlikely he does as well this Sunday, but with the offensive fire power Detroit has, he’s going to have plenty of opportunities to try.