Who Should I Start? - Week 12

Alex Smith or Sam Bradford

 
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  Alex SmithA. Smith
QB - KC
Alex Smith
vs. BUF, Sun 1pm EST
Sam BradfordS. Bradford
QB - MIN
Sam Bradford
at DET, Thu 12pm EST
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 8-
Best Rank# 2-
Worst Rank# 16-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. BUF at DET-
Matchup Rank2520-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp18.216.8
Pass Yds189.9184.9
Pass TD0.70.9
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total196.926.9-
Avg Game19.713.5-
Avg Projection18.30.0-
Week 117.9-
    
Misc 
    
Injury AlertKnee-
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  Alex SmithA. Smith
QB - KC
Alex Smith
Sam BradfordS. Bradford
QB - MIN
Sam Bradford
2017 Schedule 
Week 1 at NE
28/35, 368 pass yds, 4 td, 0 int
5 rush, 3 yds, 0 td
vs. NO
27/32, 346 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
2 rush, -3 yds, 0 td
Week 2 vs. PHI
21/28, 251 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
4 rush, 21 yds, 0 td
at PIT
Week 3 at LAC
16/21, 155 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
2 rush, 9 yds, 0 td
vs. TB
Week 4 vs. WAS
27/37, 293 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
7 rush, 56 yds, 1 td
vs. DET
Week 5 at HOU
29/37, 324 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
5 rush, 19 yds, 0 td
at CHI
5/11, 36 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
Week 6 vs. PIT
19/34, 246 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
4 rush, 13 yds, 0 td
vs. GB
Week 7 at OAK
25/36, 342 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
1 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
vs. BAL
Week 8 vs. DEN
14/31, 202 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
4 rush, 33 yds, 0 td
at CLE
Week 9 at DAL
25/34, 263 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
5 rush, 19 yds, 0 td
BYE WEEK
Week 10BYE WEEK at WAS
Week 11 at NYG
27/40, 230 pass yds, 0 td, 2 int
5 rush, 27 yds, 0 td
vs. LAR
Week 12 vs. BUF at DET
Week 13 at NYJ at ATL
Week 14 vs. OAK at CAR
Week 15 vs. LAC vs. CIN
Week 16 vs. MIA at GB
Week 17 at DEN vs. CHI
  Alex SmithA. Smith
QB - KC
Alex Smith
vs. BUF, Sun 1pm EST
Sam BradfordS. Bradford
QB - MIN
Sam Bradford
at DET, Thu 12pm EST
IR
Passing
   
Pass Att32.30.0
Pass Cmp21.20.0
Pass Yards242.00.0
Pass TDs1.70.0
Ints0.60.0
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts4.30.0
Rush Yards20.70.0
Rush TDs0.20.0
   
Misc
   
Fumbles0.20.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points18.30.0
   
  Alex SmithA. Smith
QB - KC
Alex Smith
Sam BradfordS. Bradford
QB - MIN
Sam Bradford
2017 Points 
Week 131.025.5
Week 216.1
Week 315.1
Week 427.3
Week 526.91.4
Week 615.1
Week 725.7
Week 813.4
Week 918.4
Week 10
Week 117.9
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
  Alex SmithA. Smith
QB - KC
Alex Smith
vs. BUF, Sun 1pm EST
Sam BradfordS. Bradford
QB - MIN
Sam Bradford
at DET, Thu 12pm EST
IR
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
If you read The Primer every week and don't follow me on Twitter, you'd likely be disappointed in my love for Smith last week. If you were on Twitter, you'd see that I downgraded Smith due to the 25 MPH winds with 35-40 MPH gusts in Meadowlands Stadium. Did I expect a 230-yard, zero-touchdown performance? Absolutely not. It was just the second time he's scored less than 15.1 fantasy points this year, though two of those games came in the last three weeks. This is a potential bounce-back spot for him, though, as the Bills have now allowed 35.2 points per game since their bye in Week 6. The issue with relying on too big of a performance is that the Bills have allowed just two quarterbacks to total more than 16.9 fantasy points this year and large in part to the fact that there have been just two quarterbacks to throw more than one touchdown. Their run defense has been brutal as of late, though seeing how many points they're allowing, Smith should get enough love here to justify starting him as a low-end QB1 with a solid floor. The Bills have allowed three rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks as well, something Smith isn't opposed to doing.  
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Smith and the offense have been declining in recent weeks and the Bills are 11th against fantasy quarterbacks. Smith is a high-end QB2 at home on an offense that has lost its way in recent weeks.