by Matthew Fox | Washington Correspondent | Tue, Jan 30th 9:53pm EST
Alex Smith's departure from the Chiefs was expected but the timing of this news is certainly unexpected. The Chiefs will receive a third round pick from the Redskins and corner back Kendall Fuller. Smith is coming off a career-best campaign at the age of 33 but the Chiefs will save 17 million dollars by trading away the remainder of his contract. This move indicates that Kirk Cousins will be hitting free agency and he will most likely become the league's highest paid quarterback. With Smith leaving town the Chiefs will hand over the keys to the franchise to Pat Mahomes.
I'm not surprised by the trade, but I am surprised by the lengthy extension they gave him. I don't see Smith's fantasy value move in either direction with this trade, but the Josh Doctson breakout season we have been looking for may be slowed down. Smith also uses his legs, which could impact the amount of check-downs that Chris Thompson sees moving forward.
Fri, Feb 2
Think Tyreek Hill has reached his ceiling or is due for regression? Think again. Patrick Mahomes and his deadly cannon arm / escapability will only unlock Hill further. Hill averaged the most yards of separation, and will have even more time to roam free now. Mahomes himself instantly vaults into the Top-10 QB (maybe Top-6?!) conversation in the same set up (explosive surrounding talent + creative play calling) that yielded a No.2 fantasy finish for the lesser arm talent in Alex Smith.
Thu, Feb 1
I actually expect the fantasy impact of the trade to be minimal. Smith showed how well he can run an offense when the reins are taken off, and Jay Gruden's system isn't all that dissimilar from what the Chiefs ran this year. For the Redskins pass-catchers, the trade doesn't move the needle much. As for Kansas City, there's perhaps a slight bump to Tyreek Hill, as Patrick Mahomes' strong arm and aggressiveness should lead to bigger plays. But overall, fantasy values don't change much.
Thu, Feb 1