Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the WR position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
By playing in 16 games in 2012 it marked the first time in Smith’s career that he’s played in all 16 games in back-to-back seasons. The Panthers failed to address the lack of depth at the wide receiver position, so, once again, Smith will be the only game in town. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has stated that he plans on giving the 34-year old Smith some extra days off during the season in order to keep him fresh and for that we thank him.
Preseason - IR - Put on official NFL IR list 01/01/2010
2009 Draft Central
Average Draft Position (ADP) Tracker
Round 3, Pick 5
Positives Smith has posted top 5 fantasy WR numbers in 3 of the past 4 years. Smith led all WRs in yards per target last season, and posted over 1400 yards in just 14 games. This is a guy who could finish as the #1 receiver in fantasy. Negatives Carolina is the best running team in the league, which tends to limit Smith's scoring ability through the air. Smith's running mates at WR are getting long in the tooth and may no longer be able to protect him from constant double teams. Because Smith is more of a deep threat than most #1 WRs, his catch totals don't rival players like Fitzgerald or Johnson. Draft Strategy The decision to draft a runner in the second really paid off here, as drafters in front of me opted for QBs instead of WRs and left me an elite player at the position. (Contributed by: Agenda42)
Round 2, Pick 9
Positives Smith can be one of the top fantasy scorers over the course of a week, and even over the course of a season. The explosive WR is a key element in the Panthers offense and that should continue to be the case in 2009. Negatives Though the now 30 year old veteran seems to have put last year's troubles behind him (suspended by the team for two games to start 2008), he's already found himself hurt this preseason. Originally described as being out for 'a couple of weeks', he's been participating in drills, but never a good sign for a veteran to be injured early on in camp. Draft Strategy The fantasy landscape is changing, while it was once necessary to grab RBs in the first two (or more) rounds, it is imperative that fantasy owners now get top WRs. Having selected a RB at the top of round one, I need to make sure I get a top WR in the bottom of round two and Smith fits the bill. (Contributed by: doug_coutts)