Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. (groin, back, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 12. Smith is doubtful and it doesn't look like Adam Thielen will be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time to play against the Panthers. In the five games since 2017 that Thielen missed, Kyle Rudolph has averaged 0.80 touchdowns per game. He posted 4-63 (5) in Week 10 with Smith sidelined. Thielen and Smith have combined for 99 targets (9.9 targets per game) this year, so Rudolph could walk into a big role in Week 12.
MIN TE Irv Smith Jr. - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 10 at Chicago
Smith Jr. had an efficient day at the office last week against the Lions as he caught 2-of-4 targets for 10 yards and two touchdowns. Mostly a non-factor outside of the red zone, Smith Jr. was on fire catching two scores last week, albeit for only ten yards This game was as fluky as it gets, as Minnesota’s effective ground game left the passing attack almost nonexistent. Typically a touchdown-dependent TE, Smith Jr. is best left on benches as he projects the be a low-end TE2.