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As one of the streakiest players in the NBA, Smith’s name will probably be involved in an awful lot of transactions this season.
He’ll score 28 per game for a few games in a row, and get moved for a guy that’s been a less flashy but a more consistent fantasy performer that’s better over the long haul.
He’ll then score seven per game for a few games in a row and get flat out dropped.
Next thing you know, Smith will put up 16 or 17 PPG for a month straight and get picked back up.
In case you haven’t noticed, Smith’s fantasy value is mostly derived from his scoring ability. He’s a good bet to knock down a three in any given game, and averaged 1.9 threes made last year.
He’ll also add a steal per game on defense.
With the Knicks this season, Smith should have the green light to shoot.
His percentages are going to be problematic for your fantasy team over the course of the season, so in order to take full advantage of his scoring you’ll need to pair him with much more efficient shooters.
But that’s par for the course as far as a typical fantasy shooting guard’s production.
Since it’s almost guaranteed that Smith will be on and off the waiver wire, it’s best to look elsewhere for upside on fantasy bench options (Kemba Walker, Evan Turner, Brandon Roy or Bradley Beal) in drafts this season.
If you find a gem at the back end of the draft, you won’t have to worry about counting on the erratic fantasy performance of Smith. Although it's always fun to see him torch a defense and find a 41-point game in your team’s box score from an unlikely source.