Aldon Smith | San Francisco 49ers | LB
2011 Experience: Rookie
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: It almost drives me nuts to see NFL.com list Aldon Smith as a defensive end, because I would love to see him eligible as a lineman. If for some crazy reason he’s listed as an end in your league, he’s an elite DL1, but that’s very unlikely because most of his snaps come from outside linebacker.
As a 49ers fan, Aldon Smith came on slow as he transitioned to playing linebacker but after about three for four weeks, Smith started getting regular playing time in sub packages and took off.
By the end of the year Smith’s snap count expanded and he almost set the rookie sack record. Look to Smith as a reason why I have no problem with the Seahawks taking a sub package player like Bruce Irvin in the first round, but that’s getting off subject for what you’re interested in.
Smith is expect to win a full time role this year, and that means we should see his tackle numbers go up. In big-play leagues, Smith is a solid LB3, but in tackle heavy leagues he’s more of a LB4, to use in situational play.
The good news for Smith is that he gets the Cardinals, Seahawks and Rams crappy offensive lines six games out of the year. Those are all great matchups in just about any scoring format.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
I wasn’t a big fan of the 49ers drafting Aldon Smith because they are looking to convert him from an end to an outside linebacker. More than likely Smith will start out in various packages and won’t get regular playing time as it will take time to adjust to his new position and the off-season lockout won’t help matters.
For IDP fantasy football, a player like Smith would have benefited from landing on a team that runs more of a 4-3 or cover-2 defense. As of this time Smith has a ways to go before he is worth looking at off the waiver wire. Smith has the potential to be a worthy big play option, in the future, but it will take him time to learn on the job.
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