KFFL.com, a top fantasy football site, says that 49’ers 3rd year QB Alex Smith is one of their “Players on the Upswing” and should have a solid 2007. Read below for their comments:
Alex D. Smith, San Francisco 49ers – When offensive coordinator Norv Turner bolted the 49ers to become the head coach of the San Diego Chargers, a lot of fantasy football experts predicted that Smith would take a step backward in his development this season. We don’t think that will happen. Following a horrible 2005 rookie season, Smith rebounded with a solid 2006 campaign and played well in spurts, topping the 225-yard mark in passing yards for three straight games. A weak wide receiver corps and an injury to rookie tight end Vernon Davis (he missed six games with a broken leg) dragged Smith’s production down. He finished with just 2,890 passing yards, 16 touchdown passes, 16 interceptions and two rushing touchdowns. With 23 starts under his belt, we expect San Francisco to open up the offense for Smith. By the way, despite the departure of Turner, the team will continue to use the same offensive scheme. Davis should improve, and we think he can have a breakout season. The team also upgraded its wide recevier corps with Darrell Jackson and Ashley Lelie. Smith is a low-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback but should make a good backup or Bye week fill-in.