2011 Recap: Kevin Smith was sitting around playing PS3 when the Lions brought him back to the team after Jahvid Best suffered another massive concussion. He looked more agile and had better lateral movement then the last time he was in the NFL. In his first start he totaled over 200 yards and scored 3 TDs. Then he had a high ankle sprain and hamstring injury, typical for Smith. In only 7 games he totaled over 500 total yards, 22 receptions, and scored 7 TDs. He was the 11th best RB in fantasy points per game.
What’s Changed: The Lions would like to run the ball more in 2012. The problem is Jahvid Best is on the PUP right now and is one hit away from being out of the NFL. The Jersey LeShoure is coming back from a torn Achilles and has already suffered a leg injury and will miss the first 2 games of the season.
Outlook: Look, the Lions would probably like to run their backfield like the Saints if it was up to them. The problem is their RBs are a walking infirmary. Kevin Smith is no different. The difference is that Smith has been forgotten in fantasy circles and can be had for next to nothing in drafts. He’s the cheapest option on the team and as we saw last season, the Lions RBs have tremendous fantasy value, especially in PPR leagues. If you are looking for a late round hit, Kevin Smith should be firmly on your radar.
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