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Dawson Knox or Irv Smith Jr.

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  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
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Dawson KnoxD. Knox
TE - BUF
Dawson Knox
 
 
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Best Rank# 12# 18-
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Fantasy Points 
    
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Avg Game2.73.4-
Avg Projection58.062.3-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
Dawson KnoxD. Knox
TE - BUF
Dawson Knox
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB vs. NYJ
Week 2 at IND at MIA
Week 3 vs. TEN vs. LAR
Week 4 at HOU at LV
Week 5 at SEA at TEN
Week 6 vs. ATL vs. KC
Week 7BYE WEEK at NYJ
Week 8 at GB vs. NE
Week 9 vs. DET vs. SEA
Week 10 at CHI at ARI
Week 11 vs. DALBYE WEEK
Week 12 vs. CAR vs. LAC
Week 13 vs. JAC at SF
Week 14 at TB vs. PIT
Week 15 vs. CHI at DEN
Week 16 at NO at NE
Week 17 at DET vs. MIA
Player Projections Comparison
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
Dawson KnoxD. Knox
TE - BUF
Dawson Knox
Receiving
   
Receptions41.635.3
Rec Yards419.2445.4
Rec TDs2.83.0
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.00.0
Rush Yards0.00.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points58.062.3
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
Dawson KnoxD. Knox
TE - BUF
Dawson Knox
2019 Points 
Week 10.00.1
Week 2-0.11.8
Week 36.013.6
Week 40.55.8
Week 50.01.2
Week 62.9
Week 76.02.2
Week 82.10.0
Week 93.31.4
Week 103.45.5
Week 118.09.2
Week 121.1
Week 130.61.7
Week 142.13.7
Week 156.81.1
Week 160.43.3
Week 171.1
Total43.151.7
Average2.73.4
Player Targets Comparison
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
Dawson KnoxD. Knox
TE - BUF
Dawson Knox
2019 Targets 
Week 102
Week 224
Week 334
Week 413
Week 505
Week 62
Week 765
Week 831
Week 962
Week 1066
Week 1133
Week 122
Week 1334
Week 1444
Week 1531
Week 1634
Week 172
Notes for Player Combination
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
Dawson KnoxD. Knox
TE - BUF
Dawson Knox
Expert 
Zachary Hanshew
FantasyPros
The 2019 rookie finished with a 36/311/2 receiving line on 47 targets in his first season, posting nearly identical numbers to veteran Kyle Rudolph in almost every statistical category except one: scoring. Rudolph found himself in the end zone six times, though he saw just one more target than Smith. Rudolph is on the back-nine of his career, and the ascending Smith could pass him on the depth chart as soon as this season. Minnesota's passing attack isn't prolific, but Smith is capable of posting strong numbers if he gets a bump in opportunity. 
Draft Engine
Draft Engine
It's difficult to get excited about a player coming off a season in which he failed to surpass five receptions or 60 yards while scoring only two touchdowns over 18 games, including playoffs. While Smith's fantasy upside is limited with Kyle Rudolph still on the roster, the 2019 second-round pick is expected to play a bigger role in Minnesota's offense in his second season. 
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
With questions about Justin Jefferson and the #2 receiving option in general, moving Irv up a bit. He could be the guy! 
Kevin Tompkins
Fighting Chance Fantasy
With the 3rd easiest schedule from Weeks 1-8 and camp reports that Irv Smith is playing off the line in 12 personnel, Smith and Rudolph for me are ships passing in the night. It's easy to spot this breakout and you don't have to spend much to find out. He's a sneaky candidate to be the non-Adam Thielen leader in targets for the Vikings in 2020. 
Ben Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
Irv Smith is starting to take over from Kyle Rudolph as the tight end to own in Minnesota. A second year breakout is certainly on the cards for the Vikings youngster and given Stefon Diggs is now out of town, there's every chance Smith gets a solid target share and that's worth betting on very late in drafts.Dawson Knox was mostly irrelevent in 2019, topping out with a 4/55/0 effort against the tight-end-friendly Browns. In an offense that now includes Stefon Diggs, his target share won't be increasing. Meanwhile the addition of Zack Moss will ensure Josh Allen won't be throwing much in the red zone. There's pretty much no point drafting Knox.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
I'm not certain how many people know Smith saw just one fewer target than his teammate Kyle Rudolph in 2019, but that was the case. The difference was their touchdowns, as Rudolph scored six times compared to Smith's two touchdowns. Will that change in 2020? Well, it wasn't due to lack of opportunity, as Smith saw 10 targets in the red zone compared to Rudolph's 11 targets. Touchdowns are a very fickle thing and they can flip-flop this year. Smith is the one ascending up, while Rudolph is moving towards the end of his tenure.There were some plays that Knox made last year that suggested he could be a fantasy asset in the future, but the Stefon Diggs trade threw a wrench into any increase in projected targets we could give him. There were eight games where Knox had four-plus targets in his rookie season, which is actually quite good, but we can't pretend the Bills are going to become a team that throws the ball 600 times overnight. Knox is someone you might want to stream when the Bills receivers have tough matchups, but even then, it's going to be hard to project more than five targets for the second-year tight end.
Frank Bonincontri
Fantasy Wire HQ
If the Vikes use Smith out of the slot and out wide, it would be a great way to create matchups and scheme him into scoring plays. I am hoping the team delivers on this potential. 
Elliot Berkovits
Packer Report
Irv Smith Jr. is one of many young talented TE's that could be in for a breakout season. There's only one problem when it comes to Smith - Kyle Rudolph. Even while they produced nearly identical totals in reception and yards, it was Rudolph catching all the TDs. As long as Rudolph is there it's going to be tough for Smith to get consistent work, but I think his upside is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues.There aren't many pass-catchers in football who are stronger than Dawson Knox. This guy is everything you want your TE to be - fast, strong, and athletic. Now it's up to Josh Allen to get him the football which he didn't do a lot of last year. The Bills WR room is also pretty deep which means Knox will have plenty of competition for targets. He's someone to keep an eye on, but unless you're playing in a deep league, he doesn't need to be drafted,
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Unfortunately, the opportunity doesn't exactly match the talent for Irv Smith...at least for right now. Rudolph is still ahead of him on this depth chart and this isn't an offense that's projected to have a high passing volume. Smith's unlikely to have any fantasy relevance in 2020, unless Rudolph were to miss time. He can remain on your waiver wire for the time being.While Knox is incredibly talented, he's unlikely to become much of a factor for fantasy football in this offense. With the addition of Diggs, and their overall low passing volume, it's going to be difficult for Knox to see over 70 targets this season. That's just simply not enough for fantasy and Knox is nothing more than a TE2/TE3 this year.
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
2019: Played 53.4% of snaps in the slot, 76.6% Catch Rate, 107.7 QBR, target share: 7.6/ 20.5% Irv Smith Jr. had 47 targets in 2019 as a 21-year-old rookie. The Vikings are likely to pass more next year and lack proven receiving weapons. TEs who were 21-year-old rookies record a TE1 season almost 60% of the time in Year 2. @JackMiller02 
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Smith played a fair amount in his rookie season, but he's still second fiddle to Kyle Rudolph. Although the two tight ends essentially split targets last year, Smith was used fairly closer to the line of scrimmage and almost never had a chance to break big plays. He may see a bit more usage now with plenty of vacated targets in the absence of Stefon Diggs, but he's nothing better than a low-end TE2.Knox had a respectable rookie season, playing nearly 2/3rds of the snaps and seeing 50 targets. He saw plenty of deep targets, ranking seventh in aDOT (9.1) among tight ends who saw at least 50 targets, ahead of Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and Darren Waller. Unfotunately, he brought in just 28 of those targets, likely due to Josh Allen's inaccuracy downfield. With Stefon Diggs added, there should be fewer targets to go around in Buffalo, so although there are positive signs for Knox, it's unlikely they'll be fantasy-relevant this season.
Seth Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
Is anyone going to look and see that Kyle Rudolph only out targeted Irv by 1 target despite playing 181 more snaps? Rudolph's playing time also slowly decreased over the course of the season.Following the Seth and Payton plan of drafting athletic TEs late that can potentially breakout. Great YAC ability and a prime late round TE target. What's a Payton? He's my co-host. He's not allowed to post on here yet though. Sucker.