Fantasy Slant: Chiefs QB Alex Smith Traded to Washington

By Matt Johnson on Tuesday, January 30th 2018
Fantasy Slant: Chiefs QB Alex Smith Traded to Washington

On Wednesday night, the Kansas City Chiefs struck a blockbuster deal with Washington to send quarterback Alex Smith to D.C. for draft picks and a player. The Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor first reported the trade.

For Washington, the move carries two significant impacts. First, the door is now closed and locked for good on a potential Kirk Cousins return. An impending free agent this offseasons, Cousins will cash in with a mega contract that should see him become one of the league's highest-paid quarterbacks.

Early indications already indicate the Denver Broncos as heavy favorites to land Cousins, which would prove to be a massive upgrade after years of inept play at the position.

Last season in Kansas City, we saw a different version of Smith. He finished with a career-best 8.0 yards per pass attempt, 4,042 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns and a 67.5 completion percentage.

In Washington, Smith lands in a solid offensive system that should help him sustain fantasy success. The big test will be the health of tight end Jordan Reed, who is one of the more gifted tight ends in football but injuries kept him off the field or extremely limited for much of the past two seasons. If Reed is healthy, Washington boasts three strong weapons with Josh Doctson, Chris Thompson and Josh Doctson.

Smith who will make $17 million next season and holds a $2 million roster bonus when he reports to training camp, reportedly agreed to a four-year contract extension per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kansas City is expected to receive a second-round pick, plus a player and additional picks per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The move also opens the door for Patrick Mahomes, last year's first-round pick, to become Kansas City's starting quarterback.


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