The Eagles Steve Smith Signing: Any Fantasy Value?

As you all should know I’m a Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder. I’ve held tix since they played in the dreaded VET stadium. The signing of Steve Smith (a player that will start the year on the PUP list) tells me one thing. Jeremy Maclin is “much sicker” then the Eagles are acknowledging. This is a simple CYA play. The Eagles have invested too much money and gone too far this year to come up a WR short.

Steve Smith is your typical slot/possession receiver— at least with regards to his NFL career. He did however play the Y receiver in college so he obviously can adapt. To play with the Eagles he will be forced to adapt. Mainly, because Jason Avant is our slot receiver and I seriously doubt he will lose that job. Smith has weak physicals: 5’11 and 195 lbs. On the upside he is only 26 (coming back from serious micro-fracture surgery—ala Marques Colston) and has had substantial success in the NFL. His best year was 2009 – 107 catches, 1220 yards receiving, and 7 TDs. He has sure hands and had decent speed before his injury.

Steve Smith isn’t worthy of a roster spot in a traditional PPR serpentine draft. Obviously, in a keeper league someone already owns him. In an auction league he probably isn’t worth more then 2 dollars (assuming 100 dollar league). Personally, I’m all about the upside play but I can’t justify rolling the dice on a Steve Smith that is coming off a career threating injury.

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