NFL fantasy: Chiefs reportedly interested in Alex Smith

Kansas City may pursue Smith: The mystery about where Alex Smith will play in 2013 could be getting a little clearer. According to reports, the Kansas City Chiefs have an interest in acquiring the one-time 49ers starter. The quarterback spot provided next to nothing for Kansas City in 2012, with Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn combining to throw just eight touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions. Meanwhile, Smith was in the midst of one of his better seasons before a concussion cost him his job. The Chiefs aren’t the only team interested in the former No. 1 overall pick — the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals are also reportedly keen on acquiring Smith. Certainly the QB’s fantasy value will be impacted by wherever he lands, but it will definitely be higher than if he was sitting on San Francisco’s bench.

Greene drawing interest: If New York Jets running back Shonn Greene doesn’t return to Gotham next season, he will have suitors seeking his services. The Atlanta Falcons are expected to part ways with Michael Turner and the Denver Broncos are looking to add a back to help Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno. Greene could be that man. Last season, the Iowa product had lackluster numbers, rushing for just 1,063 yards (though he did find the end zone eight times). Some of that can be attributed to the Jets abandoning their “Ground and Pound” mentality. Both Atlanta and Denver are primarily pass-oriented offenses with other backs in their rotation, which might not bode well for Greene’s touches in 2013, but it couldn’t hurt to be part of a more efficient offense.

Austin to remain a Cowboy: There had been speculation that Miles Austin could be on his way out of Dallas. Not so fast. Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys remain committed to the wideout. In 2012, Austin failed to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the second straight season, but it was encouraging that he played in all 16 games — even if injuries slowed him at times. There’s little doubt that playing alongside Jason Witten and the ever-improving Dez Bryant makes Austin more of a fantasy commodity. As long as that group stays together, the Monmouth product will remain a quality No. 2 receiving option.

— Marcas Grant
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