Geno Smith's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 5 Performance vs. Falcons

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 7, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 07:  Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets warms up before his game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, the New York Jets traveled to play the Atlanta Falcons. Rather than crumbling under pressure, the Jets defeated the Falcons 30-28.

In the end, it was rookie quarterback Geno Smith who shone as he continued to emerge as a rising fantasy football star.

Impressive is a fine word to use for the rookie.

Smith was 16-of-20 for 199 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had three carries for 21 yards, helping to fight off a ferocious Falcons pass rush.

Keep in mind, Smith was once considered to be a candidate to go No. 1 overall in the 2013 NFL draft.

Smith now has thrown for 1,090 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions with 106 rushing yards and a score. He's topped 250 passing yards in three of his first five games and has led New York to a 3-2 record.

Unfortunately, turnovers have been an issue for Smith, which hurts his fantasy value. He's displayed flashes of brilliance throughout the season, but as he plays with a wide receiver corps that has its fair share of question marks, the numbers won't always be consistent.

Until he does this on a weekly basis, it's too soon to start the former West Virginia Mountaineers star. Just don't be hesitant to sign-and-stash Smith.