Steve Smith: Updated Fantasy Outlook & Analysis for Rams WR

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 14, 2012

August 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Steve Smith (12) runs as Kansas City Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis (23) defends in the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
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Without Danny Amendola, the St. Louis Rams receiving corps has to pick up the slack for quarterback Sam Bradford

The question is, which Rams' wideout(s) will fill the void created when Bradford's favorite target went down with a broken collarbone?

Could it be former New York Giants standout Steve Smith? 

Let's take a look. 

 

Fantasy Outlook 

Smith did have 107 catches and 1,220 yards with seven receiving touchdowns with the G-Men. He was a ultra-productive slot wideout who was easily the favorite target for Eli Manning. He was as steady of a performer as any that season. 

Since then, he's dealt with a slew of injuries that have hindered his ability to contribute like he did in the past. 

The USC alum signed with the Philadelphia Eagles last year but finished the year with only 11 receptions for 124 yards and one score. 

He has been an infrequently utilized option in the Rams' offense to start the year, garnering a mere five receptions on 11 targets.

Smith didn't get a look in Week 6. 

It looks as though Chris Givens, the rookie from Wake Forest, has emerged as Bradford's new go-to guy. The speedster was the most targeted St. Louis pass-catcher against the Miami Dolphins. 

 

Analysis

Although the Rams' offense showed signs of improvement in the first quarter against the Cardinals in Week 5, the lack of weapons on the outside and a rather porous offensive line seem to be what will doom Bradford's offense once again. 

If you're desperate, it's not a bad idea to take a look at Chris Givens, a guy who looks to be the team's go-to deep threat, or a veteran like Brandon Gibson, who is easily the safest receiving bet on the roster. 

He's caught at least two passes in every game this year. 

Smith, though clearly talented, hasn't been the same since the injuries flared up, and he doesn't look to have created any semblance of a rapport with quarterback Sam Bradford. 

For now, stay away.