28-Year-Old Linebacker – Oakland Raiders
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Aldon Smith in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
2017 ADP: –
Bye Week: 10
Aldon Smith Contract Information:
Signed a two-year contract with the Raiders in April of 2016.
Smith (suspension) will be reinstated in March barring any further issues with substance abuse, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Aldon Smith.
Smith is currently suspended for violating the NFL's substance policy, and won't be eligible for reinstatement until November. However, he is also dealing with an offseason issue that could make it hard for the NFL to welcome him back in 2016. Regardless, the Raiders have shown full support of Smith, and would likely deploy him as part of their pass rush as soon as he is eligible to take the field. If that were to occur, Smith may be worth a waiver claim, but remains undraftable in IDP leagues at this point in time.
Smith served a nine-game suspension last season due to his off-field issues, finishing with a disappointing 15 tackles and two sacks through seven games. His immaturity - as opposed to his talent - is what has held him back from being an elite pass rushing contributor in IDP leagues. Smith has signed with the Raiders, but it remains to be seen when he will become a full-time member of the team's defensive corps. When he is, he has the talent to provide the Raiders' pass rush with a major boost.
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 after receiving a DUI and being placed in rehabilitation. He still produced when he was on the field (8.5 sacks in eight starts), but he'll now miss the first nine games of the coming season due to an NFL suspension.
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.