Malcolm Smith Fantasy Football News 2018

Niners LB Malcolm Smith left Thursday night's preseason opener early in the 1st quarter with a hamstring injury. Smith began training camp on the non-football injury list because of a lower-leg injury. He also missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle. At this point, you should let Smith go undrafted in IDP leagues and make him prove that he can be a factor.

Niners rookie LB Reuben Foster gained medical clearance for his rehabbed shoulder and participated in the team's 1st training-camp practice Friday, according to CSN Bay Area. That significant because the 1st-round pick missed all offseason work as he rehabbed from shoulder surgery. The injury may have played a key role in pushing him down near the bottom of Round 1 in the NFL Draft. But if he can avoid setbacks, Foster could quickly overtake limited veteran Malcolm Smith for the weak-side LB job.

Raiders LBs Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and Perry Riley (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Broncos. Both entered the day questionable but are fine to use if you planned to do so.

3:19pm EST 12/24/16

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Colts. He's fine to use in your IDP lineup as planned.

3:12pm EST 12/18/16

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Chargers. The issue presents some durability risk, but he's OK to use at his normal IDP level.

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He put in limited practices all week. We'll check on his status Sunday. Oakland has already ruled out S Karl Joseph (toe).

Raiders CB David Amerson (knee) and LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Bills and ready to use in your IDP lineups if they make sense for you.

Raiders CB David Amerson (knee) and LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. Both players put in limited practices all week and seem on track to play. Amerson told reporters that he's ready to play after missing last week's game. We'll check on the status for each come Sunday.

3:39pm EDT 10/16/16

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith is active for today's game against the Chiefs after sitting out Week 5 with a groin injury. Smith practiced all week but was limited each day, so we might see Oakland limit his snaps a bit. Smith's decreased production to date vs. last year makes him not worth the risk if you're trying to break a tie for your IDP lineup.

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs with the quad injury that cost him Week 5. He put in limited practices all week. We'll keep an eye on his status this weekend. But after Perry Riley played well in Smith's place last Sunday, we'd wait at least a week before using Smith in IDP leagues even if he's active and starting again.

3:12pm EDT 10/9/16

Raiders ILB Malcolm Smith is active for today's game against the Chargers, despite a quad injury that had him questionable heading into the day. ILB Cory James remains the stronger IDP play, however, given Smith's health status.

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith is questionable for Sunday's game at San Diego with the quad injury that knocked him out of last Sunday's win over Baltimore. Smith missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before putting in a limited workout Friday. We'll check on his status Sunday, but you'll probably want to look elsewhere for a safer LB option in your IDP league.

10:21am EDT 10/6/16

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith missed practice Wednesday with a quad injury that knocked him out of Sunday's win over the Ravens. Oakland signed former Washington LB Perry Riley earlier this week, which would seem to indicate pessimism on Smith's status. The team also lost LB Ben Heeney to injury, though, so it needs depth whether Smith's ready to return or not. We'll keep an eye on his participation. Rookie LB Cory James will be the top Raiders LB play in IDP leagues this week either way.

The Raiders released their initial depth chart Monday, which included listing Khalil Mack at DE instead of LB. It's not a surprising move, as new HC Jack Del Rio's staff switches from a 3-4 base front to 4-3. It could prove quite important to IDP leagues, though, if any commish sites change Mack's designation to DL. He'd carry much more value at that lower-scoring position in general. The depth chart also lists MLB Curtis Lofton, SLB Ray-Ray Armstrong and WLB Malcolm Smith as the LB starters. That makes Sio Moore a 2nd-teamer. Del Rio downplayed the significance of the 1st depth chart, but we'll be curious to see how the LB picture develops. The new staff signed Lofton and Smith, while Armstrong joined the team via waivers in October.

The Raiders signed LB Curtis Lofton on Tuesday to a 3-year, $18 million deal that included $10 million in guarantees, according to USA Today. The Saints had cut Lofton 2 days earlier to save cap space. Lofton has long been a strong run defender and will clearly man an inside spot in Oakland's D whether the Raiders settle into a 4-3 or 3-4 base. Lofton has generally produced low-LB2 to LB3 numbers for IDP fantasy football leagues and figures to remain in the same range. We'll see how the rest of the Raiders' LBs settle out. Khalil Mack headlines a group that added former Seahawks LB Malcolm Smith in free agency and retains Sio Moore. It's a talented group that might leave Moore without a starting job (judging by the new regime's early moves).

The Associated Press reports that Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner will miss at least a couple of weeks with the turf toe he suffered in Sunday's loss to Dallas.  HC Pete Carroll announced Wednesday that Wagner will miss Sunday's trip to St. Louis, and the reported timeline would also keep him out for at least the Week 8 trip to Carolina.  We'll see if Wagner misses any games beyond that.  He's worth keeping on your roster if you play in an IDP league deep enough to stash such players on your bench.  K.J. Wright figures to slide over and start in Wagner's place, with Malcolm Smith likely to step in on the outside.

Seahawks LB K.J. Wright suffered a broken foot in Sunday's loss to the Niners.  HC Pete Carroll said after the game that Wright will miss "around" 6 weeks.  Malcolm Smith figures to step into the starting lineup in Wright's place.  Smith enjoyed a big Week 7 -- 9 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup -- when MLB Bobby Wagner's absence allowed him a spot in the lineup.  He'll carry upside in a plus matchup with the Giants next week, but Week 15 is no time to take a chance on a virtual unknown in your IDP lineup.

The Tacoma Tribune reports that the Seahawks will move Bruce Irvin to LB this year, where he'll compete with Malcolm Smith on the strong side.  It's a move that had been rumored all offseason.  HC Pete Carroll says Irvin's speed and versatility will make for a smooth transition, and Irvin will continue to run from an end spot in passing situations.  The LB designation wouldn't help his fantasy value, but starting at LB would likely put him on the field more often.  Of course, whatever Irvin does will come after his 4-game drug suspension.  We'll see how this one sorts out.  He led all rookies with 8 sacks last year in a part-time role last season, though.  The talent makes Irvin intriguing.


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