With the Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best out, it gives Kevin Smith another week to shine in the starting roll. Last week, Smith was named the NFC offensive player of the week and has another chance to shine this week. However, Smith is considered a risky play this week and is not expected to put up three touchdowns and over 200 yards of total offense. With so many early games, Smith may not be the best player to plug into your lineup unless you are a desperate owner who previously had Best.
SB Nation's fantasy sports blog Fake Teams feel that Smith will not have a similar performance as he did last week, but they project Smith having over over 100 total yards and a score:
Silent Bob struck back in a big way on Sunday with a whopping 201 yards from scrimmage and finding the end zone three times. This week has is taking reps with the first team and is expected to be close to a featured back. The Pack does a fair job against the run as the 12th-best team, but they are 26th in YPC allowed. The Lions will want to have some balance in order to keep Mr. Rodgers from carving up their D like turducken (if you're playing the game, this isn't TV, so no need to tell someone they're adopted). Smith also has skills in the passing game, too. I might be jumping the gun early here, but Smith should be in almost all lineups.
Prediction: 16 carries for 82 yards, three receptions for 34 yards and a rushing score.
Over at numberFire they are not projecting Smith to have a great game and rank him as the 16th ranked running back for Week 12.