Wendell Smallwood
Wendell Smallwood
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Wendell Smallwood in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a four-year, $2.58 million contract with the Eagles in May of 2016. Waived by the Eagles in August of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Redskins in September of 2019.
Barely plays on offense
RBWashington Redskins
December 31, 2019
Smallwood took three carries for five yards in Sunday's 47-16 loss to Dallas, finishing the 2019 season with 22 carries for 81 yards and nine catches for 64 yards in 15 games.
ANALYSIS
Smallwood handled passing-down work while Chris Thompson dealt with a toe injury throughout much of October and November, but the 25-year-old ultimately played more snaps on special teams (221) than he did on offense (135). Thompson and Smallwood both are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, while Derrius Guice (knee), Adrian Peterson and Bryce Love (knee) remain under contract with Washington.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Wendell Smallwood's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
9.1%
 
Positive Run %
77.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
46.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.7
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
2.1
 
% Snaps w/Touch
21.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.18
 
% Team Air Yards
0.7%
 
% Team Targets
2.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
69.2%
 
Drop Rate
7.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.9
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Wendell Smallwood's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
208 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.47 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.83 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
14 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
30.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Smallwood played 16 games for the first time in his three-year career last season and had his most productive campaign, but the stats were still fairly modest. After producing 91 scrimmage yards and a TD in Week 3, he never topped 80 yards again, seeing double-digit touches only twice after a Week 9 bye. His lack of size or standout athleticism mark him as purely a depth RB, and while his skills as a receiver might make him the best option to take on Darren Sproles' third-down snaps, the front office made significant upgrades to the depth chart in trading for Jordan Howard and using a second-round pick on Miles Sanders. Smallwood will need a big training camp just to earn a roster spot, and his workload will depend on the performance and health of his competition more so than his own performance.
Smallwood saw between 13 and 43 snaps in his first six games of 2017, but the acquisition of Jay Ajayi prior to Week 9 rendered the 24-year-old moot, and he spent virtually the rest of the season on the inactive list. In 2018, he will have to stand out in the preseason compared to Donnel Pumphrey, Matt Jones and undrafted free agent Josh Adams for the fourth and likely final running back spot on the Eagles roster. While coach Doug Pederson has been very public this offseason in his support for Smallwood, his lack of size compared to Jones and Adams may be what costs the West Virginia product in the end, as the team has no goal-line masher type now that LeGarrette Blount split for Detroit.
A fifth-round pick in 2016, Smallwood doesn't have ideal size for a lead back at 5-10, 208 pounds, but in a backfield that includes the undersized Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey, that makes him a giant. Smallwood doesn't have any one standout trait as a runner, but he's shown flashes of good vision and speed, as well as a complete package of third-down skills. He got few chances to display those abilities as a rookie behind Sproles and the oft-injured Ryan Mathews, and ended the season on IR due to a knee injury of his own. With Mathews seemingly on his way out and Sproles not getting any younger, Smallwood could end up seeing the largest share of the Eagles' backfield touches in 2017. A heavy workload still seems unlikely, barring an injury to free-agent addition LeGarrette Blount.
The Eagles snagged Smallwood in the fifth round of the draft, but they might need him sooner rather than later. Starter Ryan Mathews has been injury-prone for the majority of his career, while Darren Sproles enters an age-33 season and wasn't happy during the spring. Smallwood led the Big 12 in rushing as a junior— playing bigger than his 5-11, 201-pound frame — and was a capable receiver, though his average catch fell significantly his final year. The Eagles offense figures to have a number of moving and variable parts as the Doug Pederson era begins; Smallwood could be anywhere from No. 2 to No. 4 when the season starts. But if you're in the mood to fade Mathews, especially in a long-term format, there's plenty to like with Smallwood.
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No offensive work vs. former team
RBWashington Redskins
December 16, 2019
Smallwood didn't log an offensive snap in Sunday's 37-27 loss to the Eagles.
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Minimal action in loss
RBWashington Redskins
December 9, 2019
Smallwood carried twice for four yards during Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Packers.
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Not suiting up Sunday
RBWashington Redskins
Coach's Decision
December 1, 2019
Smallwood (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game in Carolina.
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Barely plays
RBWashington Redskins
November 24, 2019
Smallwood didn't have any carries and caught his lone target for a three-yard gain in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Lions.
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Quiet in Guice's first game back
RBWashington Redskins
November 17, 2019
Smallwood caught one of three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Jets.
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