As I wrote in Monday’s Morning After column, I came away impressed with Kevin Smith’s acceleration, change-of-direction, lateral agility, and three-down skills despite the obvious caveat that his career game came against the most generous defense in the league. This is the same team that made Chris Johnson look passable after all. What shouldn’t be glossed over is Smith drastically outplaying Johnson, nearly doubling his per-carry average (8.8 to 4.8) while adding 15.3 yards per reception. Evan Silva went back and watched the game on NFL Rewind, opining that Smith looked “very ordinary” against a defense that held a “bad-tackling clinic.” Silva came away more excited about exploiting running-back matchups against Carolina the rest of the way while noting that Smith still has plenty of fantasy value due to projected volume of touches, especially as a receiver in the Lions’ pass-heavy offense. Smith was rock-solid in pass protection, and the coaching staff has always appreciated his sure hands and run-after-catch ability. After the first quarter, Smith had 19 touches to Maurice Morris’ four and Keiland Williams’ zero. The Lions made the depth chart switch official on Tuesday, giving Smith the first-team reps in preparation for the Thanksgiving matchup with the Packers. Healthy and fresh, Smith is going to be the lead-back going forward. The Lions aren’t going to force-feed Jahvid Best more than 10 touches per game once he does return, perhaps in Week 13 against the Vikings. Ideally, Best would take on a Darren Sproles role in preparation for a playoff run, leaving Smith to handle the Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram touches. As Gregg Rosenthal points out in this week’s Fantasy Fix, none of the Week 11 breakout candidates at wide receiver are particularly trustworthy. Jerome Simpson blows up a couple of times a year, but he’s not a player who can be counted on weekly. It’s a good week to scan through the players who have been dropped, such as Santana Moss, Jacoby Ford, or perhaps even Denarius Moore.