Ranks reactions: Troy Smith resurfaces 

October, 27, 2010
Remember former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith? Sure you do! The Heisman Trophy winner was a fifth-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2007, and he made two starts in his three seasons there. Now a member of the San Francisco 49ers, there's really little reason to expect much from Smith. Then again, I ranked him No. 25 at quarterback this week. Let's just say there are times when I complete my weekly rankings and I'm just not comfortable with the final result. This week is one of those times.

In what was a total surprise to me, Smith was announced Wednesday morning as the 49ers' starting quarterback for Week 8 with Alex Smith on the shelf because of a separated shoulder. Troy Smith's insertion speaks volumes about backup David Carr, but hey, if you're a 1-6 team playing a "home game" in London, why not try something different? What was Carr going to do, anyway? Heck, what was a healthy Alex Smith going to do?

Troy Smith
Jason O. Watson/US Presswire2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith has thrown 89 passes in his 3½-year NFL career.
The real reason I ranked Troy Smith at No. 25 is because there are six teams on bye this week, so only 26 quarterbacks warranted being ranked in the first place. Even though Smith has proved little in his career, I liked him better than erratic Arizona Cardinals veteran Derek Anderson. Again, it speaks volumes. He's the only guy left out. I wouldn't go out of my way to actually use Smith, but then again, some pretty usable quarterbacks are on bye this week, led by Eli Manning, Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, not to mention sack/interception master Jay Cutler. Maybe you need any quarterback that is going to play. I'd argue Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Freeman and Jon Kitna are actually decent options this week, but in the really deep leagues, who knows?