When you think of Geno Smith, the phrases “Hall of Fame” and “fantasy star” probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. That’s because there’s a stigma attached to his name that he just hasn’t been able to shake.
He has looked like an average QB throughout his career and has been a perennial backup since entering the league in 2013.
This season, however, the Seattle Seahawks signal caller has completely changed the narrative. Given the chance at the starting job, Smith has made the most of the opportunity.
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Halfway through the season, Smith leads the NFL in completion percentage, is fourth in QBR, third in passer rating, and ranks sixth in yards per attempt. The answer is yes, Smith should be on fantasy football rosters.
He has the seventh most fantasy points at the position, behind only Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray. Let’s just say he’s keeping pretty good company this season, and if you don’t have one of the top six on this list, you can make Smith your QB.
Can he lead you to a championship? At the end of the day, seeing his name at the top of your list every week might still not make you feel good. He’s not Allen, and he’s certainly not Mahomes. But the numbers don’t lie.
Making a deep run in the fantasy football playoffs requires your roster to have a QB who can produce as part of a dynamic offense. Through nine games, the Seahawks have proven they put up points, averaging nearly 27 per game. Smith has averaged over 20 fantasy points during that span, and much of that is thanks to the weapons surrounding him.
The Seahawks’ top pass catchers are DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, two of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Smith has leaned heavily on them and will continue to do so as your fantasy team goes down the stretch. He has two very productive tight ends, Will Dissly and Noah Fant, the latter of whom led the team in receiving yards on Sunday with 96. He also has the likely Offensive Rookie of the Year at his disposal, Kenneth Walker III, an explosive running back who has a breakout season.
Smith isn’t a household name, but if he continues to produce, why should you care?
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