25-Year-Old Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Smith continues to be a polarizing asset for the 49ers. He has the physical tools to be one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, but he can't seem to stay out of his own way. Smith missed five games a...
2014 ADP: –
Bye Week: 8
Aldon Smith Contract Information:
Agreed to a four-year deal with the 49ers in July of 2011
Smith wasn't listed on the 49ers' injury report Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
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Aldon Smith: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Smith's union/league-negotiated settlement reportedly included an agreement that his original nine-game suspension could be shortened if Smith displayed good behavior during his punishment. If Smith's behavior indeed results in an early return, he could be available after the 49ers' current bye week. At the moment, it's unclear if the league will allow Smith early reinstatement from his personal-conduct and substance-abuse violations, so until further notice, the dynamic outside linebacker will remain sidelined until Week 11.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With the 49ers having a Week 8 bye, Smith, who was suspended by the league in the wake of several off-field transgressions, will be eligible to return to action for the 49ers' Week 11 contest against the Giants, per NFL.com. His absence will represent a big blow to the team's pass rush in the meantime, with the report noting that Dan Skuta is in line to replace Smith in the team's starting lineup.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Smith jumped in his second year with the 49ers to the elite pass-rushing category. His physical traits and agility on the edge make him a "beast" pursuing the quarterback and he is only entering his third year in the league.
Smithís 14-sack rookie season is extremely impressive on the surface, but it becomes even more impressive when you note that he almost always was limited to passing-down work. He didnít start a single game last year and still managed to finish with 37 tackles. Now that heís more than likely headed for a full-time role in 2012, Smith should be able to make a serious run at the 60-tackle mark, and a sack total any less than 12 would be a disappointment. Just realize he might face a brief suspension after an offseason DUI arrest.
Smith will transition from a 4-3 defensive end in college to playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He's going to be primarily asked to rush the passer.