• Irv Smith Jr.

  • TE
  • , Minnesota Vikings
  • 24
  • 242 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Smith was a popular breakout candidate heading into last season but a torn meniscus ended his season in early September. In his place, Tyler Conklin was the fantasy TE16, and last year’s offense was likely more run-heavy than the 2022 version will be. In the 11 career games where Smith saw at least four targets, he averaged 3.7 receptions for 39 yards and 0.45 touchdowns (on 5.2 targets per game), which works out to 8.7 PPG. That’s about what Kyle Pitts averaged as last season’s TE5. A top-12 finish is definitely in play for Smith.

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Scouting report

by Spencer Babbitt

MIN TE Irv Smith Jr. - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
A popular breakout candidate in 2021, Irv Smith Jr. ended up suffering a season-ending knee injury leading up to Week 1 and did not get a chance to show his skills without Kyle Rudolph in the picture. Now Rudolph and Tyler Conklin have both left town, leaving Smith as the player projected to play the vast majority of TE snaps in Minnesota. Smith is a good athlete (he ran a 4.63 40-yard dash and posted a 71st percentile speed score entering the league), and showed flashes of his potential playing a part-time role in 2020 when he logged 12.2 yards per reception and five touchdowns. Given the current situation in Minnesota, Smith could finish amongst the leaders at TE in snap share and his target competition after Justin Jefferson is 30-year-old Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn. We haven't seen what Smith can do on a starter's workload yet, but the opportunity and talent are there for him to make serious noise in 2022.

2022 Fantasy Downside
Smith has an extremely limited track record as he's been a part-time player in both of the seasons he's been healthy for to this point in his career. He has yet to catch more than 36 balls or exceed 365 yards in a season. Smith will get more opportunity than ever before this season, but there is no guarantee he will take advantage of that. And while there is minimal TE competition, it is possible Smith and the other TEs take a backseat to Jefferson, Thielen, Osborn, and even RB Dalvin Cook in new Head Coach Kevin O'Connell's offensive system. Relying on Smith to be your TE1 requires having faith in both him as an unproven commodity, and the Vikings offense as a whole with a new Head Coach.

2022 Bottom Line
Smith is a very intriguing TE option in the later rounds of drafts. He has the physical profile of a player who could be a big-time receiving TE and will be the clear leader at that position on his team. TE always gets murky in the middle or later rounds, but Smith has multiple variables working in his favor that make him an exciting TE1 flier.

2022 Strength of Schedule - MIN

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17W18
17
GB
30
@PHI
22
DET
7
@NO
9
CHI
19
@MIA
BYE4
ARI
12
@WAS
3
@BUF
23
DAL
2
NE
31
NYJ
22
@DET
27
IND
11
NYG
17
@GB
9
@CHI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

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