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O.J. Howard or Irv Smith Jr.

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Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
Expert
Recommendation

53%
Recommended by
48 of 91 experts
47%
Recommended by
43 of 91 experts
Most Accurate Experts 
   
Top Experts 75% 25%
Top TE Experts100%0%
Top Player Experts--
   
Rankings 
   
ECR# 24# 25
Best Rank# 19# 15
Worst Rank# 35# 43
   
Fantasy Points 
   
Season Total43.149.9
Avg Game2.73.6
Avg Projection60.254.3
   
Schedule 
   
SOS Rank530
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert
   
Expert Ranks 
Irv Smith Jr.O.J. Howard
   
Jordan RainsJ. Rains
Dynasty Nerds
9 h
#36#19
   
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
12 h
#25
   
Matthew BetzM. Betz
BallBlast
15 h
#22#30
   
Des BielerD. Bieler
The Washington Post
15 h
#21#28
   
Bill EnrightB. Enright
Sports Illustrated
17 h
#24#25
   
Brandon FunstonB. Funston
The Athletic
17 h
#29#23
   
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
21 h
#26#23
   
Elisha TwerskiE. Twerski
numberFire
1 d
#21#20
   
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
1 d
#26#27
   
Mark RossM. Ross
Athlon Sports
1 d
#25#28
   
Rudy GambleR. Gamble
Razzball
2 d
#23#30
   
Ryan NoonanR. Noonan
FTN
2 d
#23#30
   
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
Pressbox
2 d
#26#30
   
Raju ByfieldR. Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
2 d
#32#30
   
Davis MattekD. Mattek
RotoExperts
2 d
#29#28
   
Craig PhillipsC. Phil...
FF Prophet
2 d
#21#24
   
Seth MillerS. Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
2 d
#21#26
   
Mike TagliereM. Tagl...
FantasyPros
3 d
#23#25
   
Jake ArthurJ. Arthur
Colts.com
3 d
#23#15
   
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
3 d
#25#27
   
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
3 d
#29#27
   
Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
3 d
#24#25
   
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
3 d
#25#30
   
Dennis SosicD. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
3 d
#27#19
   
Robert WaziakR. Waziak
The Fantasy Footballers
3 d
#24#26
   
Richard SavillR. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack
3 d
#25#24
   
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
4 d
#26#28
   
Justin SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
4 d
#28#27
   
Mike RigzM. Rigz
Gridiron Experts
5 d
#24#17
   
Eric MoodyE. Moody
FantasyData
5 d
#24#28
   
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
5 d
#23#28
   
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
5 d
#23#30
   
Jennifer EakinsJ. Eakins
4for4.com
6 d
#25#24
   
Walter CherepinskyW. Cher...
WalterFootball
6 d
#26#43
   
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
7 d
#23#24
   
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
7 d
#26#30
   
Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
7 d
#25#28
   
Dan HarrisD. Harris
FantasyPros
7 d
#26#30
   
Matt SchaufM. Schauf
Draft Sharks
7 d
#25#24
   
Donald GibsonD. Gibson
FantasyPros
1 w
#29#16
   
Site RankingsS. Rank...
FFToday
1 w
#30#29
   
Greg SmithG. Smith
TwoQBs
1 w
#29#30
   
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
1 w
#26#23
   
Kyle RichardsonK. Rich...
The Fantasy Headliners
1 w
#25#23
   
Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
Draftwize
1 w
#23#24
   
Pat FitzmauriceP. Fitz...
The Football Girl
1 w
#25#28
   
Steven PintadoS. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches
1 w
#34#17
   
Matt MacCoyM. MacCoy
Fantasy Team Advice
1 w
#26#25
   
Brad EvansB. Evans
FTN
1 w
#29#28
   
Bobby SylvesterB. Sylv...
FantasyPros
1 w
#24#20
   
Mauricio GutierrezM. Guti...
Estadio Fantasy
1 w
#25#27
   
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
1 w
#25#31
   
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
1 w
#29#25
   
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
1 w
#35#32
   
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
1 w
#27#24
   
Gerson AguirreG. Aguirre
Going For 2
2 w
#31#39
   
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
2 w
#32#15
   
Nick MarianoN. Mariano
RotoBaller
2 w
#19#39
   
Ryan SkolrudR. Skolrud
SkullKing Football
2 w
#26#24
   
2 w
#20#30
   
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
3 w
#22#30
   
Ben RolfeB. Rolfe
The Touchdown
3 w
#28#18
   
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
3 w
#28#23
   
Jacob W. DunneJ. W. D...
New Life Fantasy
3 w
#21#30
   
Michael FlorioM. Florio
RotoBaller
3 w
#23#29
   
Andy SingletonA. Sing...
Expand The Boxscore
4 w
#26#24
   
Justin GeorgeJ. George
Take Your League
4 w
#25#20
   
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
4 w
#28#33
   
Matt OkadaM. Okada
BallBlast
4 w
#26#29
   
Dominick PetrilloD. Petr...
Fantasy Hot Read
2 d
#26#23
   
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Roto Ranks
06/07
#24#25
   
Brian StraitB. Strait
FTLS Fantasy Football
06/07
#22#28
   
Andy SpiteriA. Spiteri
Razzball
4 w
#24#25
   
Lukas KacerL. Kacer
Lukas Kacer
06/02
#33#17
   
Frank BonincontriF. Boni...
Fantasy Wire HQ
1 w
#25#24
   
Tim JablonskiT. Jabl...
The Hateful 8
05/29
#24#25
   
Heath CappsH. Capps
Fake Teams
05/24
#24#25
   
Anthony CervinoA. Cervino
Gridiron Experts
4 w
#25#31
   
Michael HauffM. Hauff
Gridiron Experts
1 w
#25#24
   
Zach GreubelZ. Greubel
Gridiron Experts
05/20
#13
   
Kyle AugustK. August
FF Fellas
05/25
#22#27
   
Anthony AmicoA. Amico
FTN
05/16
#23#28
   
Heath CummingsH. Cumm...
CBS Sports
05/12
#31#26
   
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
05/11
#21#26
   
Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
05/08
#23#13
   
Husein ShabazzH. Shabazz
SleeperWire
4 w
#25#23
   
Matt BrandonM. Brandon
Matt Brandon
05/04
#25#26
   
Walton SpurlinW. Spurlin
FantasyPros
04/27
#25#23
   
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
Razzball
04/10
#22#15
   
Bart WheelerB. Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
7 d
#14
   
Steven SpaccarotelliS. Spac...
SleeperWire
01/14
#21#15
   
Player Game Logs Comparison
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB at NO
Week 2 at IND vs. CAR
Week 3 vs. TEN at DEN
Week 4 at HOU vs. LAC
Week 5 at SEA at CHI
Week 6 vs. ATL vs. GB
Week 7BYE WEEK at LV
Week 8 at GB at NYG
Week 9 vs. DET vs. NO
Week 10 at CHI at CAR
Week 11 vs. DAL vs. LAR
Week 12 vs. CAR vs. KC
Week 13 vs. JACBYE WEEK
Week 14 at TB vs. MIN
Week 15 vs. CHI at ATL
Week 16 at NO at DET
Week 17 at DET vs. ATL
Player Projections Comparison
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
Receiving
   
Receptions43.131.2
Rec Yards437.4398.6
Rec TDs3.02.6
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.00.0
Rush Yards0.00.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points60.254.3
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
2019 Points 
Week 10.01.2
Week 2-0.10.0
Week 36.06.6
Week 40.53.3
Week 50.01.0
Week 62.93.5
Week 76.0
Week 82.1
Week 93.3
Week 103.410.7
Week 118.00.0
Week 121.0
Week 130.66.1
Week 142.17.3
Week 156.84.6
Week 160.44.6
Week 171.10.0
Player Targets Comparison
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
2019 Targets 
Week 105
Week 220
Week 334
Week 413
Week 502
Week 624
Week 76
Week 83
Week 96
Week 1067
Week 1131
Week 122
Week 1336
Week 1445
Week 1537
Week 1637
Week 1720
Notes for Player Combination
  Irv Smith Jr.I. Smith
TE - MIN
Irv Smith Jr.
O.J. HowardO. Howard
TE - TB
O.J. Howard
Expert 
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.One of the more talented tight ends in the league, but also someone who is going to play second fiddle to Rob Gronkowski. The Bucs have said they'll be running a lot more 2TE sets, but it remains to be seen. With the other receiving options they have ahead of Howard, it's tough to see a path to consistent production. If Gronkowski were to miss time, Howard would jump into the TE1 conversation.
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.Howard's now playing second-fiddle to Gronkowski in Tampa Bay, but they both should still be on the field quite a bit. Howard's unlikely to be anything more than a streaming candidate in potential shootouts at the tight end position though with the limited opportunity.
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.There are few players who have seen such a disconnect between their perceived talent and their fantasy value as Howard. Bruce Arians' system has never been friendly to tight ends, and even if it were, Howard now has to contend with Rob Gronkowski and not just Cameron Brate at the position. Howard has the skill to be an impact tight end, but absent an injury to Gronkowski, there's just no path for him this year. Hold onto him in dynasty formats, but ignore him for redraft purposes.
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.