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Before you write off Smith (again), keep in mind that he did much better than expected in 2022, has a deep receiving corps and landed a brand-new offensive playcaller. Smith fell from 21.4 to 17.8 Fantasy points per game (six points for passing TDs) in 2023 despite adding touted rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba into the offense. His completion rate dropped but his off-target throw rate was still fine. He had a solid yards-per-attempt average year-over-year and a slightly better interception rate. But the lack of completions and a dip in touchdown rate (5.2% to 4.0%) made him a Fantasy bust. The Seahawks new offense will be led by Ryan Grubb, who pioneered the Washington Huskies offense for the past two seasons and does have an aggressive tendency to dial up pass plays downfield. It will also help that Seattle's offensive line should be healthier and thus better than it was for the majority of last year. Smith actually has bounce-back potential, but he also has a legit threat to his gig in Sam Howell if he starts slow in 2024. You won't need to spend serious draft capital on Smith -- he might not even get picked in typical one-QB formats -- but he does have mild appeal as a QB2 in Superflex/two-QB leagues in the same tier as Baker Mayfield and Derek Carr.

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2023 3624 20 9 155 1 25817.2
2022 4282 30 11 366 1 34820.5
3y Avg. 2869 18 7 188 1 21117.6
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Won't face competition from Howell

    Seahawks GM John Schneider said Thursday that Smith is "the guy" and fellow QB Sam Howell was brought in to be a backup, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. That's not exactly surprising given the gaps in both 2023 performance and 2024 compensation between the two quarterbacks, but it'll nonetheless be comforting to anyone counting on Smith to start this upcoming season. It'll be especially good news for Smith if this is Seattle's only big QB move during the offseason, as the team has been mentioned in connection with Justin Fields and various draft prospects. Drafting a QB is definitely still possible, but the trade for Howell is a pretty clear signal that Seattle isn't in on Fields. The team has mostly focused on smaller moves so far this offseason, including re-signing TE Noah Fant and restructuring WR Tyler Lockett's contract. The interior offensive line is a glaring weakness as the roster is currently constructed, but there are still plenty of options to upgrade via both free agency and the 2024 NFL Draft.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Restructures contract

    Smith and the Seahawks agreed Thursday to a restructured contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports. It's a simple restructure, converting Smith's $9.6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus to create $4.8 million in 2024 cap space (while adding $4.8 million to the 2025 sheet). The Seahawks already signaled intent to bring Smith back as their starting QB in 2024 when they kept him on the roster through mid-February once his $12.7 million base salary became guaranteed. His contract runs through 2025 but doesn't have any guarantees in the final year, potentially setting up the Seahawks for a tough decision next March when Smith is scheduled for a $10 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the 2025 league year. The upcoming NFL Draft could provide a hint about how the Seahawks feel about Smith long term.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Won't be released to avoid payment

    The Seahawks informed Smith on Thursday that he'll remain on the roster through this week rather than be released to avoid a $12.7 million contract guarantee that kicks in Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Smith has two years remaining on the three-year, $75 million contract he signed last offseason, but the deal only had injury guarantees after the first year. His $12.7 million base salary for 2024 is one of those, converting to a full guarantee Feb. 16 (this Friday). Smith then has a $9.6 million roster bonus due March 17, and the Seahawks presumably wouldn't keep him around for now if they didn't also plan to pay that out and have the 33-year-old QB under contract for 2024.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Sleeper QBs

    Smith only scored 17.8 Fantasy points against Arizona in Week 7, but I expect him to do better in the rematch. He's scored at least 21.3 Fantasy points in two of his past three games, with both of them on the road, and the Seahawks need to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Cardinals have also allowed three quarterbacks in a row to score at least 25.2 Fantasy points, and Smith should have the chance for a standout season finale on the road.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Sleepers (Start/Sit)

    Smith only scored 17.8 Fantasy points against Arizona in Week 7, but I expect him to do better in the rematch. He's scored at least 21.3 Fantasy points in two of his past three games, with both of them on the road, and the Seahawks need to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Cardinals have also allowed three quarterbacks in a row to score at least 25.2 Fantasy points, and Smith should have the chance for a standout season finale on the road.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Efficient performance in loss

    Smith completed 23 of 33 passes for 290 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Steelers. He added three rushes for 33 yards and also lost a fumble. Smith put up some impressive numbers thanks to five completions of at least 20 yards -- matching his season high -- and he showed particular rapport with DK Metcalf on several long completions. That allowed him to average an impressive 8.8 yards per attempt -- his highest mark since Week 7. However, he still had some shortcomings, the most important of which was a lost fumble midway through the fourth quarter that allowed the Steelers to go up by two scores. Smith also failed to record multiple touchdowns for the eighth time in 14 starts on the campaign.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: QBs to Sit

    Smith has done well in his past two games against Dallas and Tennessee with at least 21.3 Fantasy points in each outing, but the Steelers defense appeared to get back on track in Week 16 against the Bengals. Pittsburgh intercepted Jake Browning three times and sacked him three times as well. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee) could return in Week 17, and Smith was struggling against the Titans before scoring 11 Fantasy points on his final drive. I would only start Smith in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues in Week 17.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Leads team to victory in return

    Smith (groin) completed 25 of 36 pass attempts for 227 yards and two touchdowns with one carry for two yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over Tennessee. Smith was back under center for the Seahawks after a nagging groin injury cost him two weeks of action. The veteran starter looked healthy in his return, completing 69 percent of his passes without turning the ball over. Smith threw his second touchdown in the closing moments of Sunday's narrow victory, giving Seattle its second comeback win in as many weeks. The 8-7 Seahawks will have to figure out how to contain the NFL's current sack leader, T.J. Watt, in order to keep Smith upright in the pocket when the Steelers and Seattle meet next Sunday.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Sleeper QBs

    Smith will return as the Seahawks starter in Week 16 at Tennessee after missing the past two games with a groin injury. The last time we saw Smith he scored 35.9 Fantasy points at Dallas in Week 13 in his best game of the season. I hope he stays hot in this matchup with the Titans, who have allowed five quarterbacks this year to score at least 22.2 Fantasy points, and my only concern for Smith is Kenneth Walker III taking over this game on the ground. I still expect Smith to have his sixth game with multiple touchdowns, and he's worth using as a low-end No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in deeper leagues for Week 16.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Cleared to play

    Smith (groin) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Tennessee, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. Smith has been listed as a full practice participant all week, after missing Monday's 20-17 win over the Eagles. He'll now step back in as the starting quarterback, facing a Titans defense that has five starters and two key backups ruled out. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Smith looked great at Friday's practice and is good to go for Sunday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Another full practice

    Smith (groin) practiced in full Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports Smith has missed two consecutive games due to a groin injury that he suffered during a Dec. 7 practice, but he was active this past Monday against the Eagles after completing a pregame workout. In the end, the Seahawks erred on the side of caution on a wet field and rolled with Drew Lock under center, and the latter led a come-from-behind 20-17 victory. Smith told Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic on Thursday that he feels "the same Monday that I do now," which so far has amounted to full listings on the first two Week 16 practice reports. Smith seems destined to resume QB duties Sunday at Tennessee, but it remains to be seen how coach Pete Carroll approaches the situation this weekend.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Sleepers (Start/Sit)

    Smith will return as the Seahawks starter in Week 16 at Tennessee after missing the past two games with a groin injury. The last time we saw Smith he scored 35.9 Fantasy points at Dallas in Week 13 in his best game of the season. I hope he stays hot in this matchup with the Titans, who have allowed five quarterbacks this year to score at least 22.2 Fantasy points, and my only concern for Smith is Kenneth Walker III taking over this game on the ground. I still expect Smith to have his sixth game with multiple touchdowns, and he's worth using as a low-end No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in deeper leagues for Week 16.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Full session on tap Wednesday

    Head coach Pete Carroll said that Smith (groin) will be a "full go" at Wednesday's walk-through practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. The Seahawks had a bit of quarterback drama ahead of Monday's game against the Eagles. After Smith completed a pregame workout, the team left him active, but Drew Lock then handled all the first-team reps in warmups while Smith remained off the field. About 15 minutes before an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Lock and not Smith was expected to start, and Lock ended up directing Seattle's offense as Smith donned street clothes. While Lock ended up leading Seattle to a come-from-behind 20-17 win, Carroll said Monday that Smith will resume starting quarterback duties once his groin is healthy. With an uncapped practice on tap to kick off Week 16 prep, Smith is back in the saddle as the Seahawks' No. 1 signal-caller.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Will start Week 16 if healthy

    Coach Pete Carroll confirmed after Monday's 20-17 win over the Eagles that Smith will start versus the Titans in Week 16 as long as he's healthy, Brady Henderson of ESPN reports. Smith was active for Monday's win despite his groin injury, but Seattle opted to proceed with Drew Lock under center. That decision likely came due to Smith still operating at less than 100 percent health, but barring any setbacks in practice this week, the stage appears set for his return to the lineup. Smith hasn't played since Week 13 due to a groin issue, but he was listed as a limited participant on all three Week 15 practice reports and should resume handling first-team reps this week.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Active in Week 15

    Smith (groin) is active for Monday's game against the Eagles After sitting out a Week 14 loss at San Francisco due to a groin injury that he suffered in a Dec. 7 practice, Smith was able to log limited sessions Thursday through Saturday and head into a second consecutive contest with a questionable designation. Speaking about Smith on Saturday, coach Pete Carroll told John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site that the quarterback again will be a game-time call, with his status contingent on a pregame workout. Jay Glazer then reported on Fox NFL Sunday that Smith was facing an "uphill battle" to suit up Monday. During aforementioned warmups, though, Smith was going through his typical routine, signaling that he may be able to play, and that's been confirmed upon the team posting its inactive list. It's unclear if he'll resume starting duties over Drew Lock, but that'll likely be confirmed, one way or another, ahead of an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Remains limited at practice

    Smith (groin) was limited at Friday's practice, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports. Smith was sidelined this past Sunday at San Francisco after injuring his groin in practice three days prior. When the Seahawks opened Week 15 preparations Thursday, coach Pete Carroll told Brady Henderson of ESPN.com that Smith "feels really good" and described him as day-to-day. The extra day to rest ahead of Monday's matchup with the Eagles likely helped with the cause, and Smith now has managed back-to-back capped sessions. He'll be afforded Saturday's practice to potentially get back to full, but he also seems destined to receive a designation on the team's next injury report. If Smith isn't able to suit up Monday, Drew Lock again will direct Seattle's offense.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Sleeper QBs

    We still don't know for sure if Smith will play Monday night against Philadelphia after missing Week 14 at San Francisco with a groin injury. If Smith is out then I would put Drew Lock in this spot as a sleeper also given the matchup with the Eagles, who are No. 1 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. I have more faith in Smith, who had 35.9 Fantasy points in his last game at Dallas in Week 13. But Lock just scored 19.3 Fantasy points against the 49ers, and he could be useful against Philadelphia as well. There have been 10 quarterbacks this season to score at least 20.9 Fantasy points against the Eagles, including six in a row.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Officially limited Thursday

    Smith (groin) was a limited practice participant Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. Earlier Thursday, coach Pete Carroll told Brady Henderson of ESPN.com that Smith took part in the team's morning walkthrough and was slated to practice to open Week 15 prep. Those generally are positive signs after the groin injury that he suffered during last Thursday's session didn't allow him to mix into drills last Friday or play this past Sunday at San Francisco. Smith now will have two more chances to increase his activity level ahead of Monday's game against the Eagles.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: Listed as questionable

    Smith (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at San Francisco, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports. Smith was added to the injury report Thursday, and the signing of quarterback Sean Mannion to Seattle's practice squad Friday might be taken as a sign that the Seahawks are at least slightly concerned about Smith missing Sunday's game. Head coach Pete Carroll could provide some added context regarding Smith's health when he talks to the media following Friday's practice.
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  • Seahawks' Geno Smith: QBs to Sit

    Smith was amazing and one of the best surprises in Week 13 at Dallas with a season-best 35.9 Fantasy points. He passed for 334 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and he also ran for a score. It was impressive, but keep in mind what happened the week before. In Week 12 against San Francisco, Smith scored a season-low 7.3 Fantasy points with 180 passing yards, no touchdowns and one interception, along with 21 rushing yards. In three games as the starter for the Seahawks against the 49ers, Smith has combined for 30.7 Fantasy points. I like Smith against Philadelphia in Week 15 and Tennessee in Week 16, which are favorable opponents, but this is a good week to sit him in most formats.
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