Kevin Smith Could Be Challenged For Starting Lions RB Spot: Fantasy Implications

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 09: Kevin Smith #9 of the Detroit Lions scores the winning touch down with ten seconds left in the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams during the season opener at Ford Field on September 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith could face a challenge for his starting spot once Mikel Leshoure returns from suspension. We break down the fantasy implications.

Kevin Smith is expected to have a tough time keeping the starting running back job for the Detroit Lions once Mikel Leshoure returns from his suspension, according to The Detroit Free Press. Smith scored two touchdowns on Sunday, including the game-winning 5-yard catch with 10 seconds remaining. He finished with 62 yards rushing on 13 carries and 29 yards receiving.

Fantasy Impact: The return of Leshoure is something for fantasy owners to worry about in Week 3. If Leshoure is available, Smith owners may want to grab him off the waiver wire just to be ready. Fantasy owners should consider him a solid option in Week 2 as a No. 2 running back or a flex play as he will again see the bulk of the carries.

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