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A month into the season and as we all expected Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith is averaging 277 passing yards per game, which is good for sixth in the NFL.
Yeah, it's crazy that we can say that even if we are only a quarter of the way through the season. Alex has thrown for two fewer yards than New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (who has only played three games).
This, however, is not a good thing. When Alex is ranked this high in the passing game, it means the Chiefs are playing from behind. The Chiefs are at their best when they're controlling the clock, playing good defense, keeping Jamaal Charles involved, winning the field position battle and not turning it over. They aren't doing all of those things consistently, which is why they're 1-3.
The passers ahead of Alex are Phillip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer and Brady. That group is throwing for more touchdowns than Alex, who has just four. The next closest in that group is Ryan with six. Palmer leads the group with 10 touchdown passes. It's not a coincidence that the unbeaten teams in that group - Falcons, Bengals and Patriots - have combined for three total interceptions on the season.
The fantasy football takeaway here is that if the Chiefs continue to be a losing team, Alex will actually be a fantasy football consideration for you. If the Chiefs start winning games, Alex's numbers will come back to Earth.