X
Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Gain Access Now

X

Receive free daily analysis

NFL
NBA
NHL
NASCAR
CFB
MLB
MMA
PGA
ESPORTS
BETTING

Already have an account? Log In

X

Forgot Password


POPULAR FANTASY TOOLS

Expert Advice
Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Draft Rankings
Draft Simulator
Enter League Settings
Value Picks
Player Comparisons
News and Alerts

Ito Smith - Rookie Recap / Dynasty Outlook

We continue our look back at the rookie seasons of some under-the-radar dynasty assets with Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith.

Smith was supposed to be mere depth behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but injury kept Freeman out of the lineup nearly all season. With Tevin Coleman likely to depart via free agency, Smith could retain his role as the RB2 on a high-scoring offense.

Let's take a look at some of Smith's numbers from his rookie year and what we can expect from him in terms of fantasy production moving forward.

Editor's Note: Our incredible team of writers won two writing awards and received 12 award nominations by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. A big congrats to our very own Byron Lindeque (Golf) and Jordan McAbee (NASCAR) for both winning Writer Of The Year awards! Be sure to follow RotoBaller's analysis and advice all year long, and win more. Win More With RotoBaller!

 

Profile

Team: Atlanta Falcons
College: Southern Miss
Height/Weight: 5'9", 200 pounds
2018 NFL Draft: 4th Round - 126th Overall

 

The 2018 NFL Draft

In the late fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected the former workhorse out of Southern Miss, Ito Smith. As the 126th running back off the board, Smith was the 13th running back selected in the 2018 rookie draft class. Being drafted by the Falcons immediately put him in a position where it would take some time for Smith to become relevant for fantasy purposes.

Smith was a very exciting prospect who showed some very nice versatility and dual-threat ability, which is huge in the NFL these days. He finished his college career with a whopping 140 catches and had 49 catches for 515 receiving yards as his best season. For what it's worth, only Saquon Barkley had more catches than Smith of the 2018 rookie running backs. I was very excited to grab Smith late in my dynasty drafts, and now even more so.

 

The Falcons' RBBC

Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have been one of the league's more dynamic running back duos over the past several years. As you can recall, Freeman was the number one running back in PPR scoring in 2015, and has been either an RB1 or borderline RB1 ever since. That obviously wasn't the case in 2018 as Freeman spent the majority of the season on injured reserve. Coleman, on the other hand, has been a nice Flex option over the past few years and has stepped up in the past when Freeman has not been active. Again, that clearly wasn't the case in 2018.

Freeman ended up playing just two games in 2018 where he had 14 carries for 68 yards. This left the season wide open for Coleman to take the reigns and Smith to get a chance to prove himself far sooner than we expected. Neither of the two really stepped up and became that workhorse running back that most fantasy owners work expecting. Coleman has been more than just a handcuff for fantasy purposes and with Freeman sidelined.

The immediate reaction to his injury was that Coleman would step in as an immediate borderline RB1 on a weekly basis. While he did see the majority of the work with 167 carries on the year, Smith did see a nice chunk of the work with 90. As for the receiving side of things, Coleman finished with 32 receptions for 276 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Smith finished with 27 catches for 152 receiving yards and zero touchdowns.

 

The Future

Both Coleman and Smith showed flashes of what they could do as the lead back, but neither really stood out. As a Coleman owner, I'd be a bit concerned after he struggled to step up. On the other hand, as a Smith owner, the future is bright. With Coleman hitting free agency and as one of the bigger targets for a team with the need for a running back, there's a chance Smith will slide into Coleman's old role as the pass-catching and third-down back for Atlanta. Freeman signed a massive deal with Atlanta in 2017, making him an unrestricted free agent in 2023. However, there is a potential out at the end of 2019, which wouldn't be crazy to see happen if he can't stay healthy.

With the uncertainty around the future for the Atlanta backfield and the promise that Smith showed as a prospect and in his rookie season, Smith is someone I'm excited to own moving forward. He could end up being a steal in redraft leagues next year or someone worth looking at buying in your dynasty leagues.




POPULAR FANTASY TOOLS

Expert Advice
Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Draft Rankings
Draft Simulator
Enter League Settings
Value Picks
Player Comparisons
News and Alerts

REAL-TIME FANTASY NEWS

Matt McLain8 mins ago

Hasn't Been Cleared To Swing
Willson Contreras23 mins ago

Expected To Return On Monday
Jeffrey Springs2 hours ago

Builds Up To 42 Pitches Sunday
Matt McLain3 hours ago

Close To Taking Swings
Donovan Mitchell3 hours ago

Cavaliers "Confident" About Reaching Extension With Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell Robinson3 hours ago

Wizards Interested In Mitchell Robinson
Devin Williams3 hours ago

To Start Throwing Off A Mound This Week
Chris Paul3 hours ago

Expected To Draw Interest From Lakers And Clippers As Free Agent
Nick Lodolo3 hours ago

Walks Season-High Four, Managing Blister
DeMar DeRozan3 hours ago

Future in Chicago In Doubt
Fernando Tatis Jr.3 hours ago

Was Available Sunday
NASCAR3 hours ago

Ricky Stenhouse Finishes Seventh In The USA Today 301
Kyle Lowry3 hours ago

Expected To Re-Sign With 76ers
Paul George4 hours ago

Linked With Warriors
Chase Briscoe4 hours ago

Finishes Runner-Up At New Hampshire
Josh Berry4 hours ago

Finishes Third At New Hampshire
Luis Severino11 hours ago

Spectacular On Sunday Night
Spencer Horwitz11 hours ago

Blasts First Two Homers Of Season
Edwin Díaz11 hours ago

Edwin Diaz Tossed For Sticky Substances, Faces 10-Game Ban
Luka Doncic15 hours ago

Uncertain For Pre-Olympic Qualifier
Stefon Diggs15 hours ago

"Hasn't Lost A Step"
Dallas Goedert15 hours ago

Focused On The 2024-25 Campaign
Kyle Freeland15 hours ago

Looks Sharp In Return
Pablo López17 hours ago

Pablo Lopez Notches 14 Strikeouts
Max Scherzer17 hours ago

Tosses Five Shutout Innings
Sonny Gray17 hours ago

Posts Stellar Performance
Oshae Brissett18 hours ago

Declining Player Option
Malik Beasley18 hours ago

Unlikely To Return To Milwaukee
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope18 hours ago

76ers, Magic Could Target Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Starling Marte20 hours ago

Not In Sunday's Lineup
David Fry20 hours ago

Exits Early With Elbow Inflammation
William Contreras22 hours ago

Sitting Out On Sunday
J.D. Davis23 hours ago

Acquired By Yankees
Josh Jung23 hours ago

Taking Live Batting Practice Tuesday
David Bednar23 hours ago

Placed On Injured List Sunday
Jesús Luzardo23 hours ago

Jesus Luzardo Moved To 60-Day Injured List
Vlatko Cancar23 hours ago

Nuggets Decline Team Option Of Vlatko Cancar
Jerami Grant23 hours ago

Teams Have "Checked In" On Jerami Grant
Daniel Suarez1 day ago

Is A DFS Risk For New Hampshire Lineups
Tyler Reddick1 day ago

Should Tyler Reddick Be Rostered For New Hampshire Lineups?
Michael McDowell1 day ago

Is A Top DFS Value For New Hampshire
Denny Hamlin1 day ago

Will Compete As A Top DFS Pick For New Hampshire
Ty Gibbs1 day ago

Could Be A Solid DFS Option for New Hampshire
Chase Elliott1 day ago

Could Chase Elliott Win From The Pole At New Hampshire?
Ross Chastain1 day ago

Will Start Eighth At New Hampshire
Ryan Blaney1 day ago

Is Ryan Blaney An Overlooked Favorite To Win At New Hampshire?
Ryan Preece1 day ago

Will Start 31st At His Home Track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Daniel Hemric1 day ago

Begins Sunday 33rd At USA Today 301
Carson Hocevar1 day ago

Rookie Carson Hocevar Finishes With The Top Speed In Saturday's Practice At Loudon
Corey Lajoie1 day ago

Corey LaJoie Gets Metrics Bump For New Hampshire
Kaz Grala1 day ago

Near The Rear Again At New Hampshire
Christopher Bell1 day ago

the Favorite to Win at New Hampshire
Ty Dillon1 day ago

Begins From The Back At USA Today 301
Austin Cindric1 day ago

Inconsistencies Make Him A Risky Play At New Hampshire
Zane Smith1 day ago

Starts 34th At New Hampshire
Kyle Busch1 day ago

Why You Should Target Kyle Busch In DFS This Weekend
Klay Thompson2 days ago

Talks Between Klay Thompson, Warriors "Frozen"
Tim Hardaway Jr.2 days ago

Could Be Moved This Offseason
Jeremy Sochan2 days ago

Preparing For The Olympics
Victor Wembanyama2 days ago

Working On Dribbling
Ja Morant2 days ago

To Resume Basketball Activities Soon
Johnny Walker2 days ago

Gets KO'd At UFC Saudi Arabia
Volkan Oezdemir2 days ago

Gets KO Win At UFC Saudi Arabia
Antonio Trocoli2 days ago

Suffers Third-Round Stoppage Loss At UFC Saudi Arabia
Ikram Aliskerov2 days ago

Gets Knocked Out At UFC Saudi Arabia
Robert Whittaker2 days ago

Makes Quick Work At UFC Saudi Arabia
Breece Hall2 days ago

Raising The Bar This Season
Mark Giordano2 days ago

Plans To Continue Playing
Tyler Toffoli2 days ago

Linked With Return To Vancouver
Logan Couture2 days ago

Sharks Plan To Keep Logan Couture
Anthony Mantha2 days ago

Will Leave Vegas In Free Agency
Cam Atkinson2 days ago

Sharks Interested In Adding Cam Atkinson
NHL2 days ago

Alex Turcotte Inks New Contract With Kings
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope2 days ago

Drawing Interest From Multiple Teams
Tobias Harris2 days ago

To Draw "Ample Interest" In Free Agency
Mitchell Robinson3 days ago

Reportedly Involved In Trade Talks
Brook Lopez3 days ago

Potentially On The Trade Block
Viktor Arvidsson3 days ago

Heading To Free Agency
Dylan Larkin3 days ago

Expected To Be Ready For Training Camp Following Surgery
3 days ago

Andrew Cogliano Retires From Playing, Joins Avalanche's Front Office
Yegor Chinakhov3 days ago

Re-Signs With Blue Jackets For Two Years
Evander Kane3 days ago

A Game-Time Decision On Friday
Nick Cousins3 days ago

Draws Back Into Panthers Lineup
Tim Patrick3 days ago

Feels Back To Full Strength
Michael Penix Jr.3 days ago

Falcons, Michael Penix Jr. Agree To Terms On Rookie Deal
Ricky Pearsall3 days ago

49ers Sign Ricky Pearsall To Rookie Deal
Alexander Volkov3 days ago

Looks To Extend His Win Streak
Sergei Pavlovich3 days ago

A Favorite At UFC Saudi Arabia
Kelvin Gastelum3 days ago

In Dire Need Of Victory
Daniel Rodriguez3 days ago

Looks To Get Back In The Win Column
Shara Magomedov3 days ago

Looks To Remain Undefeated
Xavier Gipson4 days ago

Takes Leap Forward Ahead Of Year 2
Malachi Corley4 days ago

Still Adjusting To NFL Speed
Rhamondre Stevenson4 days ago

Reaches Four-Year Extension With Patriots
PGA4 days ago

Byeong Hun An Withdraws From Travelers Championship
Jerry Jeudy4 days ago

To Open The Year In The Slot?
George Kittle4 days ago

Loses Significant Weight This Offseason
Johnny Walker4 days ago

A Slight Favorite At UFC Saudi Arabia
Volkan Oezdemir4 days ago

Looks To Extend Win Streak At UFC Saudi Arabia
Antonio Trocoli4 days ago

Takes Fight On Three Days Of Notice At UFC Saudi Arabia
Ikram Aliskerov4 days ago

Faces Former Champ In UFC Saudi Arabia Main Event
Robert Whittaker4 days ago

Faces Replacement Opponent In UFC Saudi Arabia Main Event
Khalil Herbert5 days ago

Could Be On Roster Bubble
Barclay Goodrow5 days ago

Moves Back To San Jose
Ty Dellandrea5 days ago

Sharks Acquire Ty Dellandrea
Darcy Kuemper5 days ago

Dealt To Kings
Pierre-Luc Dubois5 days ago

Traded To Washington
Kevin Bahl5 days ago

Moves To Calgary
Jacob Markstrom5 days ago

Devils Acquire Jacob Markstrom
Wyndham Clark5 days ago

Looking To Stop The Bleeding At Travelers Championship
Matt Fitzpatrick5 days ago

Looking For Consistency In Connecticut
George Kittle5 days ago

Recovered, Back On Field
Gardner Minshew II5 days ago

No Front-Runner Yet Between Aidan O'Connell, Gardner Minshew II
Brandin Cooks5 days ago

Dak Prescott, Brandin Cooks Elevate Their Rapport
Sepp Straka6 days ago

In Excellent Form For Travelers Championship
Brian Harman6 days ago

Finding Consistency Before Travelers Championship
Sahith Theegala6 days ago

Playing Well Heading To Travelers Championship
Matthew Stafford6 days ago

Wants More Guaranteed Money
Viktor Hovland6 days ago

Looks To Right The Ship At Travelers Championship
Scottie Scheffler6 days ago

Looking To Bounce Back At Travelers Championship
Justin Thomas6 days ago

Looking To Bounce Back At Travelers Championship
Scott Perunovich6 days ago

Earns One-Year Extension From Blues
Sam Burns6 days ago

A Flighty Pick For Travelers Championship
Filip Hronek6 days ago

Signs $58 Million Deal With Canucks
Barclay Goodrow6 days ago

Waived By Rangers
Collin Morikawa6 days ago

Looks To Improve On History At Travelers Championship
PGA6 days ago

Sungjae Im Has Been Thriving At Non-Major Events
Corey Conners6 days ago

Finding His Short Game
Tony Finau6 days ago

Brings Great Form To Travelers
Patrick Cantlay6 days ago

Looks For Ninth Career Win In Connecticut
Kirk Cousins6 days ago

Confident He'll Be Full-Go For Training Camp
Tom Kim6 days ago

Striking The Ball Well Ahead Of Travelers
Ludvig Aberg6 days ago

Seeks Second Tour Victory At Travelers
Tommy Fleetwood6 days ago

Lacks Upside At TPC River Highlands
Russell Henley6 days ago

An Intriguing Option At Travelers
Shane Lowry6 days ago

Be Wary Of Shane Lowry At Travelers Championship
Si Woo Kim6 days ago

Still Trying To Putt Consistently
RANKINGS
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
OF
SP
RP

RANKINGS

QB
RB
WR
TE
K
DEF