Ito Smith
Ito Smith
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Atlanta Falcons
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Last season was tough for Smith. A concussion knocked him out Week 3 against the Colts, then he suffered a second one Week 7 against the Rams, and the subsequent neck issues sidelined him for the rest of the year. He was effective with his limited touches before being shut down, but the sample was too small to draw any real conclusions. Smith has a reasonably well-rounded skill set and runs with surprising power for a small back, but he doesn't have breakaway speed or electric moves in the open field. With the Falcons swapping out Devonta Freeman for Todd Gurley as their lead back this offseason, Gurley's ongoing knee problems open the possibility of Smith finding his way to a lead role. But in the event the new starter went down, a committee likely would emerge between Smith, Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.08 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2018.
Strong running day against Raiders
RBAtlanta Falcons
November 29, 2020
Smith registered 65 rushing yards and one touchdown on 12 carries, adding four receptions for 10 yards during Sunday's 43-6 win against Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
With Todd Gurley (knee) deemed unavailable for Week 12, Smith garnered 42.9 percent of the RB carries while coasting to a 5.4 yards-per-attempt average. Much of the rushing success came on a single 24-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter, a gain that obliterated Smith's previous season-long run of nine yards. He had 13 carries in eight appearances prior to Sunday's win, but if Gurley is forced to sit out Week 13 against New Orleans, Smith will surely maintain a share of the RB workload alongside Brian Hill. However, clean running lanes will be hard to come by in a matchup against the Saints' No. 2 rush defense.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Ito Smith's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
11.5%
 
Positive Run %
84.6%
 
% Yds After Contact
27.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.2
 
Rushing TD %
3.8%
 
Touches Per Game
4.1
 
% Snaps w/Touch
33.6%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.05
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.1%
 
% Team Targets
3.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
73.3%
 
Drop Rate
6.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.9
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Atlanta FalconsFalcons 2020 RB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

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6732%
24231%
8440%
11014%
3416%
132%
52%
61%
63%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Saints pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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vs Saints
Sunday, Dec 6th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
71.1
 
Cornerbacks
75.8
 
Safeties
59.0
 
Linebackers
82.5
 
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2020 Ito Smith Split Stats
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Another injury-plagued season for Devonta Freeman pushed Smith into a fairly significant role in his rookie campaign, but the jury's still out on whether he can handle a consistent workload in the NFL. In many ways a discount version of Freeman, the Southern Mississippi product stumbled to 3.5 YPC once he began to see regular snaps Week 4, and he didn't distinguish himself through the air either, managing just 4.8 yards per target. Smith does run with some power (for a 195-pound back) and was a productive receiver in college, but a lack of speed or elusiveness limits his upside. New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter preferred bulkier running backs in Tampa Bay, but with Tevin Coleman gone to San Francisco, there will at least be more snaps and touches available. Smith needs to show improvement in his second season to take advantage, especially after the addition of the much larger Qadree Ollison in the fifth round of the draft.
The Falcons' front office might have experienced some deja vu when it drafted Smith in the fourth round this year. At 5-9, 195, Smith's scouting report reads similarly to that of the team's 2014 fourth-round pick, one Devonta Freeman. Much like his new teammate, Smith would be typecast as a passing-down specialist in many organizations due to his small stature and natural receiving skills, even though he shows surprising power in his running thanks to a low pad level and a strong lower body. What he lacks is Freeman's elusiveness, as Smith doesn't quite have the footwork or agility to set up would-be tacklers for bad angles or ugly whiffs. Even if injuries to Freeman or Tevin Coleman were to open snaps for the rookie, it's hard to image he'd take full advantage of his opportunity the way Freeman once did. If he does get his chance, though, Smith's overall profile is a good fit for Atlanta's scheme.
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Unceremonious return to lineup
RBAtlanta Falcons
November 24, 2020
Smith rushed once for five yards in Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.
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Scratched for Sunday's game
RBAtlanta Falcons
Coach's Decision
November 8, 2020
Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Broncos.
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Healthy scratch Thursday
RBAtlanta Falcons
Coach's Decision
October 29, 2020
Smith (coach's decision) will not suit up against the Panthers on Thursday.
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No offensive touches against Lions
RBAtlanta Falcons
October 27, 2020
Smith played three offensive snaps, failing to haul in his lone target during Sunday's 23-22 loss to Detroit.
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Breaks off 17-yard gain
RBAtlanta Falcons
October 20, 2020
Smith ran for eight yards on two carries, adding a 17-yard catch during Sunday's 40-23 win against Minnesota.
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