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Ian Thomas or Irv Smith Jr.

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Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 13# 35-
Best Rank# 7# 29-
Worst Rank# 25# 85-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total68.520.5-
Avg Game5.31.4-
Avg Projection87.723.5-
    
Schedule 
    
SOS Rank287-
    
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Irv Smith Jr.Ian ThomasAdd Player
    
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17 h
#13-
    
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17 h
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18 h
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19 h
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FFToday
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1 w
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Jake ArthurJ. Arthur
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Matthew BetzM. Betz
The Fantasy Footballers
1 w
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Donald GibsonD. Gibson
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1 w
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Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
2 w
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Legion Report
2 w
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Nick ZylakN. Zylak
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2 w
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2 w
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Peter RogersP. Rogers
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2 w
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Jarad EvansJ. Evans
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2 w
#13#35-
    
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2 w
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Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
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2 w
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Michael BellerM. Beller
The Athletic
2 w
#12#35-
    
Elvin RyanE. Ryan
The Pregame HQ
3 w
#12#43-
    
Clayton CadieuxC. Cadieux
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3 w
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Andy SingletonA. Sing...
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3 w
#13#35-
    
Adam PfeiferA. Pfeifer
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4 w
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Mick CiallelaM. Cial...
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4 w
#17#38-
    
Robert WaziakR. Waziak
The Fantasy Footballers
4 w
#12#40-
    
Heath CappsH. Capps
Fake Teams
4 w
#15#33-
    
Adam MurfetA. Murfet
5 Yard Rush
06/28
#12#65-
    
Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
06/28
#12#44-
    
Eric MoodyE. Moody
Pro Football Network
06/23
#12#42-
    
Blair WilliamsB. Will...
Razzball
06/22
#11#41-
    
SmittyS.
SleeperU
3 w
#13#37-
    
Garret PriceG. Price
Dynasty Nerds
06/15
#13#35-
    
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
06/15
#6#58-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
7 d
#10-
    
Richard CoolingR. Cooling
5 Yard Rush
4 w
#17#30-
    
Mike RigzM. Rigz
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05/31
#13-
    
Jeff RatcliffeJ. Ratc...
FTN
05/28
#12#35-
    
Nick RaducanuN. Radu...
ProjectRoto
05/27
#12#35-
    
Justin DoddsJ. Dodds
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1 d
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Justin GeorgeJ. George
Take Your League
05/22
#12#35-
    
Zachary HanshewZ. Hanshew
FantasyPros
05/20
#9-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
4 w
#16#32-
    
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QB List
02/01
#17#31-
    
Tal MalachovskyT. Mala...
The Fantasy Scout
12/30
#22#24-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
2021 Schedule 
Week 1 at CIN vs. NYJ
Week 2 at ARI vs. NO
Week 3 vs. SEA at HOU
Week 4 vs. CLE at DAL
Week 5 vs. DET vs. PHI
Week 6 at CAR vs. MIN
Week 7BYE WEEK at NYG
Week 8 vs. DAL at ATL
Week 9 at BAL vs. NE
Week 10 at LAC at ARI
Week 11 vs. GB vs. WAS
Week 12 at SF at MIA
Week 13 at DETBYE WEEK
Week 14 vs. PIT vs. ATL
Week 15 at CHI at BUF
Week 16 vs. LAR vs. TB
Week 17 at GB at NO
Week 18 vs. CHI at TB
Player Projections Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
Receiving
   
Receptions51.318.0
Rec Yards566.4159.2
Rec TDs5.41.3
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.00.0
Rush Yards0.00.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points87.723.5
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
2020 Points 
Week 11.11.6
Week 20.30.0
Week 30.00.9
Week 40.06.5
Week 56.40.0
Week 67.50.9
Week 71.1
Week 81.62.8
Week 913.00.8
Week 100.7
Week 112.3
Week 120.4
Week 13
Week 1412.32.0
Week 153.72.9
Week 1617.30.0
Week 173.0-0.1
Week 18
Total68.520.5
Average5.31.4
Player Targets Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
2020 Targets 
Week 112
Week 240
Week 302
Week 415
Week 551
Week 651
Week 71
Week 813
Week 942
Week 101
Week 1120
Week 122
Week 13
Week 1444
Week 1544
Week 1690
Week 1733
Week 18
Notes for Player Combination
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas
TE - CAR
Expert 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Smith's been hyped up the past couple of seasons, but the presence of Kyle Rudolph on the Vikings roster always kept him from getting the necessary targets to make an impact. With only Conklin behind him on the depth chart, there's a significant path for Smith to emerge as a viable weekly starter for fantasy football. While the majority of the targets are going to be funneled to Jefferson, Thielen, and Cook, there's enough left over for Smith to at least be in the low-end TE1 conversation. If he can emerge as a reliable target in the red zone, we could see him drastically outperform his ADP. There's a lot of projecting with Smith, but where you have to draft him this season, it's not going to kill your team if it doesn't work out. You can simply release him to the waiver wire and pick up someone else. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
We've been saying, "just wait until the Vikings get rid of Kyle Rudolph." That was when we were supposed to see Smith's breakout. Well, unfortunately for him, Justin Jefferson came around. Despite the Vikings inflating their pass attempts last year, the combination of Rudolph and Smith netted just 80 targets. Even if Smith received all of Rudolph's departed targets, that's no guarantee to net top-12 production. Their defense should get back on track this year, and it's not like Jefferson will become less involved. You shouldn't be paying for top-12 production, but rather hoping for it. 
Kevin Wheeler
The Draft Zone
Irv Smith was outplayed and outproduced by Tyler Conklin the final month of last year. 
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
Rudolph is gone, so Irv has every chance to capitalize on his juicy athleticism. Reports are mixed - HC Zimmer seems down on Irv, but OC Kubiak seems to love him. Definitely some huge breakout upside. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Irv Smith Jr. is on the verge of breaking out and this may finally be the year with Kyle Rudolph no longer on the roster. That would create more targets for Smith Jr. in 2021. 
Tim Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
My favorite sleeper TE of the 2021 season has to be Irv Smith Jr. Kyle Rudolph is gone and he takes his 3 targets per game with him, opening up an opportunity for Irv Smith, who scored the 2nd-most fantasy points per target last season, to step up and shine. We have already seen how good this can be. Over the final 4 weeks of the season, with Rudolph out, Smith averaged over 13 PPR PP/G including a massive 23.3-point performance against the Saints in championship week (16). His big-play potential was on display during 2020, finishing 8th in both air yards and yards per target while recording the 13th most deep passes despite limited snaps. His QB, the perenially underrated Kirk Cousins finished in the top-7 in True Throw Value for the second consecutive season. True Throw Value strips outside factors and minimizes randomness by looking at a QB's full volume and production to find their efficiency on a micro-level. In 2020, Kirk Cousins finished second overall behind only Aaron Rodgers. With an increased role, big-play potential, and a QB that can support success, the sky is the limit for Smith.