Believe in Panthers' Steve Smith
October, 22, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Steve Smith is back. Yes, that Steve Smith, the one fantasy owners used to rely on when the Carolina Panthers weren't one of the league's laughingstocks. Of course, this Steve Smith, not to confused with the New York Giants' point-per-reception helper, is still pretty good. On Tuesday, I didn't rank the Panthers' Smith because I wasn't sure if he would play Sunday. Now that he says he's ready to go, I'm activating Smith, making him a clear No. 2 wide receiver for this week's contest against the hardly terrifying San Francisco 49ers.
I'm not sure how many of you have simply lost interest in the 0-5 Panthers, either in real life or from a fantasy aspect, but I wouldn't give up yet. Smith, for example, scored touchdowns in each of the first two weeks. You say, "Sure, but Matt Moore is the quarterback." Well, Moore quarterbacked the first two weeks as well. Moore's back in, so rookie Jimmy Clausen can watch the mess from the sideline -- don't worry, he still has a nice future -- but don't sit Smith on the premise he doesn't have a quarterback. Jake Delhomme wasn't exactly Peyton Manning the past few seasons, and Smith overcame that.
Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireSteve Smith has been sidelined the past few weeks with a high ankle sprain.