De'Veon Smith
Running BackRB
 Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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Stonewalled by Buckeyes
RBMichigan
November 29, 2016
Smith had 21 carries for 60 yards in Saturday's loss to Ohio State.
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Despite seeing 20 carries for the second consecutive week Saturday, Smith was largely stonewalled by the Buckeye defense as he averaged a mere 2.9 yards per carry. His longest run on the day went for 16 yards, meaning that he averaged 2.2 YPC on his other 20 attempts. Still, Smith had a strong season overall as Michigan's lead back in a crowded backfield as he took 165 carries for 810 yards (4.91 YPC) and 10 touchdowns.
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Smith was mostly able to avoid the injury bug that plagued most of the Wolverines’ ball carriers last season, which allowed him to lead the team in rushing with 508 yards on 108 carries. He also showed a nose for the endzone, racking up six scores even with a relatively low number of touches. Now that Smith isn’t the only healthy body in Michigan’s backfield entering the season, he’ll have some stiff competition for carries as Ty Isaac and Derrick Green are ready to contribute and Drake Johnson can be a factor if he returns to full strength following a season ending ACL tear in November. Smith has shown that he can be a valuable asset, but he’ll need to prove that to new head coach Jim Harbaugh. All indications are that Michigan will use a committee at running back, at least early on, until someone separates themselves from the pack, which should temper expectations for not only Smith, but all of its running backs.
Smith was far and away Michigan’s top back a season ago as the only runner with over 100 carries (180/753/6), but his production wasn’t that of an RB1 for fantasy purposes. Part of that could have been helped if fullback and noted touchdown vulture Sione Houma didn’t convert five of his 14 redzone carries for scores, but fortunately, Houma has moved on to the NFL. Smith should still be the bellcow for the Michigan offense, and his redzone carries should go up, but he’ll need to produce more consistently in order to remain atop the depth chart. Former USC running back Ty Isaac and redshirt senior Drake Johnson will be looking to make the most of their final seasons in Maize and Blue as well, so Smith can’t afford to go weeks at time averaging under 3.0 yards per carry like he did several times in 2015. Furthermore, the class of 2016’s top back, Kareem Walker, is on campus and could push for carries, but it’s unlikely that a true freshman truly pushes a senior like Smith for carries. In the end, Smith should carry the load for a Michigan team that will likely be running the ball a lot this season behind a strong offensive line, but the talent behind him will leave a slim margin for error.
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Has career day in final home game
RBMichigan
November 20, 2016
Smith had 23 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Indiana.
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Stonewalled by Iowa
RBMichigan
November 13, 2016
Smith had 12 carries for 28 yards in Saturday's loss to Iowa.
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Scores three touchdowns against Maryland
RBMichigan
November 7, 2016
Smith had 19 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win over Maryland.
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Reaches end zone twice in win
RBMichigan
October 30, 2016
Smith had 11 carries for 38 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Michigan State.
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Held to 11 yards in 78-0 win
RBMichigan
October 10, 2016
Smith had five carries for 11 yards in Saturday's win over Rutgers.
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