Steve Smith Full Participant In Practice, Fantasy Star Should Be Ready

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03: Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers is helped off the field during the game against the New Orleans Sainst at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. of the Carolina Panthers (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was able to practice without restrictions on Wednesday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and should be able to start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Smith had missed most of last month with a foot infection, making his readiness for week one in doubt, but nothing should be holding him back now. He has remained relatively healthy during his career, missing no more than two games in any of the last seven seasons.

Fantasy Implications: Smith was the fantasy comeback player of the year in 2011 after recovering from having Jimmy Clausen as his quarterback in 2010. He had 79 catches for 1,394 yards with Cam Newton at the helm and reassured fantasy owners that he's still a number one option. If there is any concern, it's that Smith had just three catches for 41 yards in two games against Tampa Bay last year. Still, he's a must-start in week one.

For more on the Panthers, check out Cat Scratch Reader. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 4-8pm ET Monday through Friday and 8am to 1pm on Sunday. Check out SB Nation's own Fantasy Football game, Pick 6!

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