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35 Antone Smith RB
Height/Weight: 5-9/192 | Birthdate: 9/17/1985 | Birthplace: Pahokee, FL, USA | Team: Atlanta | College: Florida State | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 32/2 | Average Draft Position: 131.00
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Neck injury knocks Falcons RB Antone Smith out of London game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Falcons running back Antone Smith was forced out of Sunday's game against the Lions in London with a neck injury. Smith may have sustained the injury in the first half. He took three handoffs for 5 yards before leaving the game. His return is questionable. 

The heartbreak begins for Antone Smith


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2014) After he delivered a touchdown of 35 yards or more in four straight games and five of six to begin the season, you really couldn't blame anyone for starting Falcons running back Antone Smith in Week 7, as happened in 26 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues. But those who started him had to know based on the limited number of opportunities he gets that whenever he had a week when he didn't break a long one, he'd leave them high and dry.

That's exactly what happened at Baltimore. He got his usual allotment of touches -- three carries and two catches -- and netted a total of 9 yards with them.

We may not have seen the last long touchdown from Smith this year, but he couldn't sustain the pace he was on. You're playing with fire every time you use him in Fantasy because for all the Falcons' big talk, they're not increasing his role. He played only 15 percent of their snaps in Week 7, less than any of their other three running backs. He has played the fewest snaps of the four in four of the team's seven games this season, and rookie Devonta Freeman was the only one with fewer in the other three.

Smith is and always has been a touchdown-or-bust player, and I predict a lot more bust in his future.


Falcons don't get much production from RBs in Week 7 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Falcons didn't get a lot of production from their running backs during a 29-7 loss Week 7 at Baltimore.

Starter Steven Jackson led the way with 22 rushing yards on eight carries. Devonta Freeman was second with 20 rushing yards on two carries, Antone Smith was third on the team with 10 rushing yards on three carries and Jacquizz Rodgers added 9 rushing yards on two carries.

Freeman was the most-active running back in the passing game, totaling five catches for 17 yards. Jackson and Rodgers each had one catch for 3 yards, while Smith had two catches for minus-1 yard.

The Falcons are back in action Week 8 vs. Detroit.


Blank 'absolutely' wants Antone Smith to remain with Falcons


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) There's little denying Falcons running back Antone Smith has been a fun player to watch this season. He has a team-leading five touchdowns and is averaging 51 yards per scoring play.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank has nothing but praise for the fifth-year pro, per ESPN.

"It’s incredible to see his performance," Blank said. "And it’s actually really interesting because I really hadn’t paid a lot of attention to it, but he’s been to several other clubs in the NFL. You really wonder what it is in a player’s career that at a certain point in time, they blossom and they just trigger and go. And he’s obviously doing that now." 

Smith is in the final year of his contract. Blank indicated he would like to see Smith stay with the team beyond 2014.

"Absolutely," Blank said. "I have no reason to not want that, for sure.

"He really epitomizes everything you want in a team player. It’s not about self; it’s always about team. It’s always about doing whatever I can do to contribute. And he lives that way. He really, really does. I’m thrilled he’s a Falcon and I’m happy for the season he’s having."


Antone Smith is unbelievable


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) I don't know what to say about Antone Smith anymore. I keep pointing how unlikely it is he'll have another long touchdown with as few touches as he gets, and yet he delivered another one -- this time, a 41-yard reception -- Week 6 against Chicago, giving him a touchdown of 35 yards or more in four straight games and five in six games.

The talk leading up to Week 6 was that he might get more touches, which I admitted would change things. But he didn't really. He had six. And again, one of them was really good.

The definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I'm about there with him.

Because yes, it's still unlikely. It just is, OK? But he'll probably do it again because that's what he does. So if you're into long touchdowns, have at him.


Falcons' Antone Smith scores another long TD in Week 6


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Falcons running back Antone Smith scored on a 41-yard reception Sunday, finishing his team's 27-13 Week 6 loss to the Bears with five yards on two carries and 64 yards on four receptions.

Smith has shown an ability to score any time from any distance, managing a scoring play of at least 38 yards in five of his six games this season. As a result, he's tallied 126 yards on just 13 carries and 220 yards on just 10 receptions while reaching the end zone five times. It's going to be hard for the coaching staff to keep limiting his workload if he keeps delivering big plays on a regular basis. Smith will take on the Ravens in Week 7.


Time to roll the dice on Antone Smith?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) The movement to get Antone Smith more playing time seems to be in full swing, at least judging by the attention the media has given it. And often in these cases, where there's smoke, there's fire.

It makes Smith an interesting Fantasy possibility for Week 6 against Chicago. With so many high-profile running backs succumbing to injuries over the last couple weeks, you may be pretty desperate for a consistent running back. And a boom-or-bust play seems pretty consistent when he booms four out of the first five weeks.

In theory, more touches would give Smith an even better chance of booming each week, but that's assuming these touchdown plays of 35 yards or more are as much a reflection of his God-given talent as the attention defenses pay him. And that's where I'm skeptical. He's 29 years old, for crying out loud. If he's really the best big-play back in NFL history, someone would have figured it out by now. 

I'm worried the week I finally endorse him is the week it catches up to him. Because unless he legitimately enters some sort of timeshare with Jackson, you know it's coming. And for all the talk of an increased role, he's still one of four and not the No. 1 of four. Sooner or later, he's going to bust.


Pass protection not the reason for Antone Smith's limited touches


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) While Falcons coach Mike Smith has said the team has to do a better job of getting running back Antone Smith more touches, Smith dispelled the notion he's received limited touches because he is an ineffective pass blocker, per ESPN.

"That's what they’re trying to make it -- a problem. I have no problem pass blocking," Smith said. "It's one of the things I said I had to work on. You've got something to work on every time. Running the ball is easy. Catching the ball is easy. But pass protection ... you've got a million-dollar quarterback with Matt [Ryan], you've got to be able to protect him. So that's why I always said pass protection, that's something everybody's got to work on as a running back. 

"I have no problem with pass protection. Once you get the 'Mike' [linebacker] point, everything else kind of falls into place. That’s the biggest thing with us; the Mike point. Everything else just works out itself."


Falcons' Smith: 'We need to have more plays' for Antone Smith


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Falcons running back Antone Smith doesn't get a lot of work on offense, totaling just 17 touches through five games, but when he gets into the game, he always seems to break big plays. Smith broke off a 74-yard touchdown reception Sunday against the Giants, which was his fourth touchdown this season of at least 38 yards.

With Smith averaging 11.0 yards per carry and 26.0 yards per reception, the calls for him to get more work are getting louder. It could help his cause that quarterback Matt Ryan seems to be lobbying for Smith to receive more reps on offense.

"That’s up to the coaches," Ryan said. "They put those guys in. I’ve said it all along, (offensive coordinator) Dirk (Koetter) does a great job of scheming to get all of our guys involved. Antone made a huge play for us today at a critical time. I thought it was going to give us some momentum going into that fourth quarter."

It seems coach Mike Smith agrees with Ryan.

"We need to have more plays designed for Antone," Smith said. "Antone, when he touches the ball, he makes plays."


Another stupid touchdown for stupid Antone Smith


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/5/2014) The guy is really a pest, Antone Smith of the Falcons. He touches the ball like four times a game and yet somehow manages to turn one of those touches -- usually something completely inconspicuous -- into a long touchdown.

At the Giants in Week 5, he turned in his longest touchdown yet, taking what seemed like a simple dump pass to the outside, brushing off one defender, and outrunning the rest of the defense for a 74-yard score midway through the third quarter. It was his third straight game with a touchdown play of 35 yards or more and his fourth this season. He also had two scores of 35 yards or more over the last six weeks last season.

But what are you going to do about it in Fantasy? Starting him is a Hail Mary, given the lack of touches, but it's paid off time and time again.

That's not the way I play. I like trustworthy and reliable, not boom-or-bust, so if I have anything to say about it, Smith will remain on the waiver wire in my leagues.


Antone Smith scores for fourth time in five games for Falcons


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Falcons running back Antone Smith scored for a third straight game and the fourth time in five games Sunday against the Giants. Still, Atlanta ended up losing, 30-20.

Smith gave Atlanta a 20-10 lead with 5:37 left in the third quarter after he took a short pass from quarterback Matt Ryan and turned it up the field for a career-long 74-yard touchdown. Smith now has two rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns through five games, and all of his touchdowns have been at least 38 yards.

He finished Sunday with one carry for 2 yards and three catches for 83 yards. The Falcons are back in action Week 6 vs. Chicago.


Antone Smith's proclivity for TDs kind of stupid


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/29/2014) Falcons running back Antone Smith broke off a 48-yard touchdown run Week 4 at Minnesota, giving him three scores of 35 yards or more in four games this season. The problem is he's gotten the ball only 13 times.

His proclivity for the big play has been consistent enough that you can't just dismiss it as a total fluke -- he had two scores of 35 yards or more over the last six weeks last year, too -- yet I don't know how else to approach it. He's probably going to get some attention on waiver wire this week just because Fantasy Football at its essence is little more than the meaningless pursuit of touchdowns, but what I wonder is, in his current role, when would he be worth starting? Is the chance of him giving you 10 or 11 Fantasy points really worth the even greater chance of him giving you nothing? I think most Fantasy owners would agree the reward doesn't justify the risk there.

Don't get caught up in the big plays. Smith is a sparsely used change-of-pace back who happens to be better than most.


Antone Smith makes the most of limited opportunities


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Falcons running back Antone Smith made the most of his opportunities Week 4 against the Vikings.

Smith had just four carries, but still led the team in rushing. Most of his production came on a 48 yard rushing touchdown near the end of the third quarter. Smith finished the day with 62 yards, which led the club. He's now scored three touchdowns with just 13 touches this season.

Smith will take on the Giants Week 5. 


Falcons will have their probables Week 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Falcons will have RB Antone Smith and LB Prince Shembo Week 4.

Both players entered the contest probable, so the moves shouldn't come as a surprise. Smith is dealing with a hamstring injury. Shembo is battling a calf issue. 


Roddy White among notable probables for Falcons in Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) The following players were all full participants for the Falcons in practice on Friday and have been deemed probable for Week 4 at Minnesota: Wide receivers Roddy White (hamstring) and Devin Hester (ankle), linebacker Prince Shembo (calf) and running back Antone Smith (hamstring).

Antone Smith back practicing in full


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Falcons running back Antone Smith, who is dealing with a right hamstring injury, was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday. He sat out Monday as the team began preparing for Week 4 at Minnesota.

Big-play Antone Smith not worth much interest


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Fantasy owners hounding the waiver wire ahead of Week 4 for running back help will likely let their mouse linger over Falcons running back Antone Smith. After all, he's scored double-digit Fantasy points in two of the first three games.

Unfortunately, Smith probably won't provide much help moving forward.

Smith is currently 32nd among running backs in standard Fantasy scoring, but that ranking belies the limited nature of his role in Atlanta's offense. Smith has broken off touchdowns of 38 and 54 yards this season, with those two plays accounting for 20 of his 22 total Fantasy points this season.

He clearly has big-play ability, but there just isn't much of a reason to add someone who has touched the ball nine times in three games.

Smith was fourth among Falcons running backs in snap percentage in Thursday's blowout win over the Buccaneers, as he saw the field just eight times on offense. Though Smith is currently one of the most-viewed players in CBSSports.com leagues for Tuesday, there is little reason to consider adding him. 


Four Falcons players sit out practice Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring), wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot), running back Antone Smith and wide receiver Devin Hester sat out practice Monday. Smith has a right hamstring injury, according to ESPN, but it is uncertain why Hester was held out.

Antone Smith breaks off a big run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Falcons running back Antone Smith managed to rip off a score Thursday against the Buccaneers.

Smith received two carries when the game was still in reach, but made his big play with the game already in hand. After Steven Jackson left the game, Smith got two carries on the next drive. The first went for -2 yards, but the second was much more exciting. Smith broke a 38 yard score. He managed to beat the defense to the outside, and out-ran everyone to the end zone. Smith finished with four carries for 50 yards. 

Smith will take on the Vikings Week 4. 


Antone Smith, Devonta Freeman hardly factor


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) While all four Falcons running backs got a chance to shine Week 1 against New Orleans, only starter Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers got any carries Week 2 at Cincinnati. Both Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman saw some time on the field, but strictly as pass-catchers. Each was targeted four times, with Smith catching two passes for 19 yards and Freeman catching two for 22.

Both will look to make more of an impact Thursday night against the Buccaneers.


Antone Smith makes splash in reserve role


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Antone Smith got the fewest touches of the Falcons' four running backs Week 1 against the Saints, but oh, did he make his count.

His big contribution came late in the third quarter, when he slipped past five defenders en route to the end zone on a 54-yard catch-and-run that gave the Falcons' their first lead of the game. It was his last touch of the game, however. He also had two carries for 7 yards.

Steven Jackson (13), Jacquizz Rodgers (seven) and Devonta Freeman (four) all had more touches than Smith, with Rodgers also scoring a touchdown. Smith will look to improve his standing Week 2 at Cincinnati.


Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith work ahead of Devonta Freeman in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) With Steven Jackson sidelined, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith both worked ahead of rookie runner Devonta Freeman during Friday's preseason opener against Miami.

Rodgers got the start and made his impact felt on the opening drive, which ended on a 2-yard touchdown run. He rushed for 20 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Antone Smith broke free for a 76-yard touchdown in the second series with the second-team offense, but had the play called back because of a holding penalty. He finished with three carries for 5 yards and one catch for 5 yards.

Freeman made his first appearance early in the second quarter and did not disappoint. The rookie totaled 107 yards of offense in his first preseason game. He rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and caught one of his two targeted passes for 57 yards.

Injured Falcons able to play


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) A few Falcons who were on the injury report have been cleared for Monday's game in San Francisco, including safety Thomas DeCoud (concussion) and running back Antone Smith (knee). DeCoud was listed as probable, Smith as questionable.

Antone Smith a question mark for Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2013) Falcons running back Antone Smith was able to practice on a limited basis, but is still not assured of a return from a knee injury in Week 16 against the 49ers Monday. Smith is officially questionable for Monday's game. 

Falcons reveal Week 15 inactives


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) In addition to defensive back Thomas DeCoud, who was ruled out earlier in the week with a concussion, the Falcons' list of inactives for Week 15 against the Redskins includes running back Antone Smith (knee), linebacker Omar Gaither, offensive lineman Terren Jones, offensive lineman Sean Locklear, tight end Chase Coffman and defensive lineman Travian Robertson. Gaither, Jones, Locklear, Coffman and Robertson are all healthy scratches.