Alex Smith Injury: 49ers QB Not Worth Fantasy Consideration

Darin PikeContributor INovember 14, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers gets hit by linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar #52 of the St. Louis Rams during a run in the first quarter on November 11, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Alex Smith was cleared to play on Monday night after suffering a mild concussion last Sunday. While he may be able to lead the San Francisco 49ers over the Chicago Bears, he won't produce enough to help a fantasy team.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Smith has passed his concussion tests this week and is on track to start Monday night. He sought a second opinion on his injury on Wednesday to augment the information being reviewed by the independent neurologist.

But taking the field is only a small part of the battle when the Chicago Bears' defense is lined up opposite your team.

The Bears have transformed creating turnovers into an art form. They average over 3.3 turnovers a game with 19 interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries on the year. 

Bears defenders have returned seven interceptions for touchdowns. That surpasses the touchdown totals for Ryan Tannehill and Matt Cassel.

More important to fantasy owners, Chicago has surrendered a league-low seven touchdown passes this season. The Bears also lead the league in fewest fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks at 11.3. 

Smith has been one of the more careful passers in the NFL this season. He has 13 touchdowns to just five interceptions.

The same was true for Matt Schaub, who had 12 touchdowns and four interceptions prior to playing Chicago last week. He managed a touchdown but also threw two interceptions en route to scoring just three points in standard ESPN leagues.

Smith owners shouldn't expect much more production than Schaub was able to generate. 

With even a remote possibility that a relapse or an early hit could affect Smith's time on the field, Week 11 is a good time to have Smith on the bench, not in the starting lineup.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.