You may think an entire column praising Geno Smith is unnecessary. FantasyPros graded him as an “F” in their start/sit analysis for Week 6. Jake Ciely has him as his 25th-ranked QB. You’ll realistically not start him in most leagues this week.

But if you dig just a little bit into Geno Smith, you’ll realize that the story you know — that he’s a joke of a player who once had his jaw broken by a teammate and is washed as a QB — isn’t quite right, at all. And if you have the room to speculate on him this week, you might just have a very good fantasy quarterback for the next few weeks, as Russell Wilson sits with a broken finger.

So come with me, please, on this fantastic voyage of sorts, where we help re-write the Geno Smith Narrative to one a little more closely in line with the truth.

Let’s start with the Jets.

The Jets gave Geno Smith a garbage setup

In 2013, rookie Geno Smith threw for 3,046 yards, with 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns on 72 attempts (with 366 yards — 8th most in the NFL). He was all over the place in terms of fantasy scoring — it was mainly bad; from Weeks 8 to 13, Smith had fantasy point totals of 2, 11, -4, 3, and -1. But Smith was set up to fail.

His 27.



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