Week Four Drop: Last Sunday, Kevin Smith got no carries. None! Meanwhile something called Joique Bell got five carries. Your only hope of salvaging any value here is to trade him to the guy who has Mikel Leshoure, as Leshoure's presumed handcuff. But, even that's a stretch, since Bell got carries last week, and Jahvid Best could easily supplant him when he comes off the PUP list at week six.
Week Three Analysis: Kevin Smith has done a fine job through two weeks. He rolled up 91 combo yards and a pair of score in the opener, and there's no need to apologize for 70 yards against San Francisco. What's even more impressive is that he's touched the ball 35 times and has yet to suffer an injury. However, with Mikel Leshoure in line to make his NFL debut this week, we simply have no idea what Smith's role will be. The safe bet is that he'll lead a committee approach against a Tennessee run defense that's already been abused by Stevan Ridley and Jackie Battle, but there are no guarantees.
Week Two Drop: Obviously, you don't want to drop Kevin Smith, but I'd surely consider selling high for him right now. He's pretty much unstartable this week, against the insanely tough Forty Niners run defense (they held Cedric Benson to 9 carries for 18 scoreless yards last Sunday). And Mikel Leshoure is coming back from injury the next week, and will split carries, and get goal line work. On Sunday, we saw that the Lions won't give Smith the ball at the goal line, opting for something called Joique Bell for a goal line plunge. Plus, Smith always gets hurt. Get out now.
Week One: By process of elimination, Kevin Smith will open the season as Detroit's starting running back. Now, everything you need to know about Smith can be summed up by one particular three-game stretch late last season: in Week 11, he torched the hapless Panthers for 200 yards and three touchdowns, only to leave the next two games very early with non-contact ankle injuries. St. Louis ranked bottom-three in rushing yardage and rushing touchdowns allowed to opposing backs last season, and both DeMarco Murray and Beanie Wells eclipsed 225 yards. It's a great matchup for Smith if he can stay out of his own way.