Friday, November 6, 2009

The Inve$tment Corner: Alex in the Championship Seat

The Inve$tment Corner

The Inve$tment Corner has moved from its normal position at the bottom of the Sit/Start column to its very own section on Fridays.  Enjoy!

Alex Smith (QB-SF)

Notable Matchups: Week 9 vs. Tennessee, Week 12 vs. Jacksonville, Week 13 vs. Seattle, Week 16 (Fantasy Championship) vs. Detroit

Smith has a spectacular story to motivate him as the recrowned starter for the 49ers.  After Shaun Hill was benched in week seven against Houston, Smith came in to the game to throw for three touchdowns and no interceptions.  Certainly this was a respectable outing for the previous No.1 overall draft pick, and last week he went up against a steely Colts defense with non-spectacular numbers, but few mistakes.  This was a sure contrast to his first two seasons in which he threw for a grand total of 17 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.  Now he has shown off poise and confidence, with a lot less pressure to be the next Joe Montana.  His chemistry with tight end Vernon Davis is very evident and rookie receiver Michael Crabtree adds a strong pass-catcher to the depth chart.  With better weapons at his disposal, Smith could see some extremely relevant fantasy outings in good matchups.  Though he may not be an immediate starter in 8-team leagues, he is certainly a strong choice in 14+ team formats, at least as a backup or matchup play.  In week 16, which is traditionally the championship game in fantasy football, Smith lines up against one of the weakest defenses in the league.  If he can take advantage of the Titans defense this week, he should solidify his status as a potential starter down the line if owners are scrounging around for a player to aid in their victory.  Pick him up if you don't have a strong backup right now or if you have any of the following quarterbacks as your starters, all of whom will see tough matchups in the championship week: Matt Ryan, Donovan McNabb, Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, and Eli Manning.

The Line for Week 16: 37 attempts, 26 completions, 289 yards passing, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception

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