According to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. is set to see an expanded role this season.
As expected, Irv Smith Jr. will see an expanded role in his sophomore season. He will be a starter in two wide sets, and should see an uptick on the 68 snaps he took out wide last season, in turn helping increase his snaps in three wide formations. A moveable chess piece who can create mismatches regardless of where he lines up, Irv Smith Jr. could have a strong season even if he plays less snaps at tight end than starter Kyle Rudolph. Smith is the superior option between the 20’s, and may very well be one of the Vikings top outside receiving options. A low cost investment whose average ADP has him available in the 17th round, he is a type of high upside flier that could propel fantasy teams to the playoffs.
MIN TE Irv Smith Jr. - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. Chicago Bears
We expect the Vikings to play their backups in this game with nothing to play for, and it's not clear where Irv Smith Jr. falls into that. He's technically second-string, but he is a big part of their offense, playing in at least 60% of their offensive snaps since Week 8. Even if he does play, he hasn't been a solid receiving threat in 2019. We'd avoid playing him against the Bears.