Kevin Smith Strong Week 1 Fantasy Option As He Avoids Lions Injury Report

DETROIT - OCTOBER 31: Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions runs for a first down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Ford Field on October 31 2010 in Detroit Michigan. The Lions defeated the Redskins 37-25. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Kevin Smith was not listed on the Lions' injury report Friday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Kevin Smith was not listed on the Detroit Lions' injury report Friday, per the team's official site. Smith has been battling an ankle injury suffered during the Lions' third preseason game in August. He is expected to be the Lions' featured running back in Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams.

Analysis: Smith has a potentially cushy matchup Sunday against a Rams defense that ranked 28th in the league last season giving up 4.8 yards per carry. He appears to be at relatively full strength and Keiland Williams isn't expected to leech many carries. Smith's value could take a big hit once Mikel LeShoure returns from suspension in Week 3. In the mean time, he's worth riding in standard fantasy leagues.

Head over to Pride Of Detroit and SB Nation Detroit for more on the Lions. 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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