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Detroit's Kevin Smith has come full circle with the Lions. The fourth-year back was drafted by the Lions in 2008 and was expected to become the team's feature back of the future.
Injuries overtook Smith, Jahvid Best and Matthew Stafford were drafted, and before he knew it, Smith's contract was not renewed in March and he was out of the league.
When Best went down, Smith was signed off the street a few weeks ago to complete the depth chart at running back. Maurice Morris and Kieland Williams were in line to get most of the work for as long as Best would miss with concussion symptoms.
Lo and behold, Smith got his opportunity in Week 10 because of ineffectiveness by Williams and Morris. A dual threat out of the backfield, Smith got six carries last week and apparently impressed coach Jim Schwartz.
Smith busted out in Week 11 against the NFL's worst defense against the run, Carolina Panthers, to the tune of 201 total yards and three touchdowns on 20 touches. His ability to catch the ball adds an element to backfield that Morris and Williams do not possess in sufficiency.
Smith is an absolute must-add in every league for as long as Best remains out. Go now. Stop reading and add him, even if you aren't missing Adrian Peterson.
Realize that your expectations need to be tempered because of the very favorable matchup against the Panthers last week. Don't expect three visits to the end zone against the Packers on Thanksgiving morning.
That said, Smith represents a solid play regardless of matchup.
Projection: 17 touches, 118 total yards, 1 TD