The Cowboys on Wednesday night signed edge rusher Aldon Smith to a one-year deal. Smith hasn't played since 2015 because of NFL suspensions for both legal and drug issues but is reportedly seeking reinstatement. He racked up 14 sacks as a 49ers rookie way back in 2011 and then climbed to 19.5 in his 2nd season. Smith dealt with injuries and off-field issues over the next 3 seasons, last playing 9 games -- and tallying just 3.5 sacks -- with the 2015 Raiders. He'll turn 31 shortly after the 2020 season begins, so we'll see what Smith looks like whenever team workouts become possible again. If he approaches his early career form, there are certainly plenty of snaps available after DE Robert Quinn left to sign with the Bears. Smith's worth a stash in IDP dynasty leagues where possible.
The 49ers will have OLBs Aldon Smith (shoulder) and Ahmad Brooks (stinger) active for today's matchup with the Rams. Both appeared as questionable on the injury report but never seemed in danger of missing the game. DE Ray McDonald (ankle) will also play for the 1st time since Week 10. That only helps the Niners' team D in an already attractive fantasy football matchup.
The 49ers activated OLB Aldon Smith from the non-football injury list today as required by league rule. Smith checked out of rehab Wednesday and thus couldn't stay on the NFI list. NFL Network's Mike Silver reports that Smith "could" play in the next game (Week 10), but that it's no sure thing. Silver also said the team plans to make Smith earn his spot back. He said we should "expect" to see Smith fill a situational pass-rushing role at first. That would cut into the LB's fantasy scoring potential. We'll certainly keep an eye on the situation going forward. If you play in a league that favors sack scoring and he's available, though, you should go ahead and snag him. Tackle-leaning formats allow you to be more patient with Smith.
Niners OLB Aldon Smith is reportedly recovering from "minor injuries" after being stabbed at a house party Friday night. The injuries don't seem to be anything that will affect his readiness for the season. Because it appears that he'll be just fine, the most important point here might be the fact that it is Smith's 2nd bout of offseason trouble. The 2nd-year pass rusher was arrested on DUI charges back in January. Combine the 2 incidents, and it's pretty clear that Smith needs to alter his gameplan away from the field before it impacts his on-field availability. Or worse.