With Smith coming on as the team's top TE target, Rudolph may be out in 2021. Smith had a huge game on Christmas Day, posting a 6-53-2 line. For the season he has 28 catches for 335 yards and five TDs, but three of those TDs and 153 yards have come over the last three weeks.
MIN TE Irv Smith Jr. - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Detroit
Smith Jr. had his best game of the season last week against the New Orleans Saints as he caught 6-of-9 targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns. With the Saints secondary preoccupied with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, Smith Jr. was given free rein all over the field. Kirk Cousins was targeting him heavily towards the end of the game, a great sign for fantasy managers. With Dalvin Cook expected to miss this week’s game against the Detroit Lions, Smith Jr. should see more work, especially in the red zone. Count on him as a low-end TE1 this week.