Justin Smith | San Francisco 49ers | DE
2013 Experience: 13th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: It’s been a terrific career for Smith as over his 12 season thus far, he’s never had a season under 40 solo tackles. In fact, while Smith missed two games last year, it was the first games he’s missed since his rookie year back in 2001.
Those of you that might have been concerned about Smith’s play falling off because of the injury and the selection of Tank Carridine in the second round need to think again.
For now Carridine may not contribute for more than just sub-package play as he’s coming off a late-season knee injury from a year ago. The 49ers also told us what they think of Smiths recent play and future ability by extending him two more years, which keeps him in San Francisco until the end of the 2015 season.
Smith will likely retire a 49er and that’s how it should be because he’s a leader by example, and we know his role in the pass rush to open up lanes for Aldon Smith is vital to he success of this defense and team. Smith is a terrific player and it’s a shame he’s only played on winning teams over the past few seasons.
If he was on the Patriots or Steelers over the course of his career he would be a candidate for the Hall of Fame, it’s been that good of a ride. Look to Smith as a respectable DL2, because of his consistent tackle numbers and his big-play ability.
He won’t be a double-digit sack option, but I do believe he will rebound from his three sack effort from a year ago.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
As a 49ers fan, I can tell you 2011 was a fun ride and it’s no surprise that the team voted Justin Smith as the MVP. This hard nose veteran just keeps going as thanks to the team moving him into a five technique on passing downs we can count on a respectable amount of sacks yearly.
Smith’s bull rush can lift opponents off the ground and you just never seem to see him miss a start. Country strong, Smith will continue to provide steady DL2 value, once again. Just know that Smith tends to depend more on his tackles for his dependability.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Justin Smith may not be a big name around the NFL because he’s play for bad teams throughout his career, but he is a good IDP defensive lineman. While Smith may not get the popularity of Julius Peppers, Mario Williams or Dwight Freeney, that’s ok in the world of IDP because he tends to not get overrated as much.
Smith isn’t the most skillful lineman in all of football but he has a motor that doesn’t quite and a country boy toughness that keeps him on the field through nagging injuries. Hang your hat on Smith as a respectable option for your first defensive lineman to select on draft day as he will continue to be a fine option as the 49ers top pass rusher.
2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
55 tackles and six sacks is usually a good season for an IDP defensive end but for Justin Smith this was a down year. 3.5 of his sacks came in week 17 and many IDP fantasy leagues are done playing the week before. If you take Smith expecting the production he put up last year than you should be very happy with the results you get by the end of the IDP season.