Struggling QB Alex Smith is going to be out 2-3 weeks and it will be Troy Smith not David Carr who get the starting nod for the week 8 matchup with Denver in jolly old England.
Talk about putting your best foot forward for the London crowd. Troy Smith has not taken a first team snap yet this year in practice. Denver’s pass defense ranks 10th allowing 205 yards/game and have yielded 11 TDs through six games.
Fanhouse points out that the only WR that may benefit from this move is Ted Ginn. Ginn and Smith played together from Pop Warner, through high school, and Ohio State. They have been best friends since childhood and obviously have a familiarity that could lead to targets.
NFL.com has Michael Crabtree ranked as just the 29th best WR for week 8. That is a big downgrade that should be consistent across most rankings. In the FantasyFootballCrystalBall.com rankings with aggregate the top 20 or so sites rankings Crabtree has cracked the top 20 the last few weeks.
FFToday has this great article on players that are on the way up and on the way down as far as fantasy value. They include Crabtree on the down group.
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It’s not that you should trade Crabtree, Alex Smith should be back under center soon, they Niners have a by after the Wembley game. But, you have to consider benching him for week 8. Troy Smith is likely to be rusty and the fact that he has not practiced with the first team until now and therefore probably has little to no on-field rapport with Crabtree. This should be a lateral move for TE Vernon Davis since back up QBs tend to rely on the tight end and the shorter, safer patterns as opposed to airing it out downfield. Davis should be considered a starter, someone after all to catch passes in England and prove that football is 100 times more exciting than soccer.