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Tyler Higbee or Irv Smith Jr.

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Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
 
 
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Recommended by
82 of 106 experts
23%
Recommended by
24 of 106 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 18# 19-
Best Rank# 10# 15-
Worst Rank# 46# 26-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total0.097.5-
Avg Game5.4-
Avg Projection78.584.7-
    
Schedule 
    
SOS Rank2031-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
    
Expert Ranks 
Irv Smith Jr.Tyler HigbeeAdd Player
    
Andy Behrens A. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports Yahoo! Sports
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#17#16-
    
Morgan Colby M. Colby
The Fantasy Champions The Fantasy Champions
15 h
#21#16-
    
Jacob W. Dunne J. W. Dunne
Triple Play Fantasy Triple Play Fantasy
15 h
#21#23-
    
Jacob Gibbs J. Gibbs
SportsLine SportsLine
16 h
#15#23-
    
Mauricio Gutierrez M. Gutierrez
Estadio Fantasy Estadio Fantasy
16 h
#16#22-
    
Austin Lee A. Lee
365 Fantasy Football 365 Fantasy Football
16 h
#17#21-
    
Michael Beller M. Beller
The Athletic The Athletic
16 h
#15#24-
    
Dennis Sosic D. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack Fantasy Six Pack
17 h
#14#22-
    
Wolf of Roto Street W. of Roto ...
Roto Street Journal Roto Street Journal
21 h
#12#23-
    
Daniel Mader D. Mader
Belly Up Sports Belly Up Sports
1 d
#20#21-
    
Pat Fitzmaurice P. Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros FantasyPros
1 d
#22#21-
    
Brandon Murchison B. Murchison
RotoBaller RotoBaller
1 d
#18#23-
    
Bo McBrayer B. McBrayer
Going For 2 Going For 2
1 d
#12#20-
    
Jeff Boggis J. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire Fantasy Football E...
1 d
#20#21-
    
Scott Engel S. Engel
The Game Day The Game Day
1 d
#17#21-
    
Matthew Hill M. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football DataForce Fantasy ...
2 d
#18#21-
    
Craig Phillips C. Phillips
FF Prophet FF Prophet
2 d
#29#18-
    
Dalton Del Don D. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports Yahoo! Sports
2 d
#11#25-
    
Luke Sawhook L. Sawhook
Dynasty Nerds Dynasty Nerds
2 d
#19#21-
    
Matthew Freedman M. Freedman
FantasyPros FantasyPros
2 d
#12#21-
    
Dave Richard D. Richard
CBS Sports CBS Sports
2 d
#10#13-
    
Kyle Richardson K. Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners The Fantasy Headli...
2 d
#14#21-
    
Tyler Orginski T. Orginski
JWB Fantasy Football JWB Fantasy Football
2 d
#15#20-
    
Jacob Hubman J. Hubman
The Fantasy Headliners The Fantasy Headli...
2 d
#20#21-
    
Tim Metzler T. Metzler
FantasyPros FantasyPros
2 d
#20#21-
    
Huseyin Aksu H. Aksu
Fantasy Couch Fantasy Couch
3 d
#17#22-
    
Tommy Garrett T. Garrett
Pro Football Network Pro Football Network
3 d
#17#24-
    
Nick Spencer N. Spencer
Fantasy Six Pack Fantasy Six Pack
3 d
#20#21-
    
Alex Caruso A. Caruso
Footballguys Footballguys
3 d
#14#18-
    
Joe Bond J. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack Fantasy Six Pack
3 d
#19#21-
    
Joey Wright J. Wright
Front Yard Fantasy Front Yard Fantasy
4 d
#12#23-
    
Jon Jeune J. Jeune
Fantasy Football Diagnostics Fantasy Football D...
4 d
#19#21-
    
Scott Pianowski S. Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports Yahoo! Sports
4 d
#17#21-
    
Benjamin Klotz B. Klotz
Touchdown Squad Touchdown Squad
4 d
#14#21-
    
Robby Jeffries R. Jeffries
The Fantasy Authority The Fantasy Authority
5 d
#19-
    
Joe Pisapia J. Pisapia
FantasyPros FantasyPros
5 d
#16#21-
    
Michael Tomlin M. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack Fantasy Six Pack
5 d
#20#21-
    
Aaron Larson A. Larson
FantasyPros FantasyPros
5 d
#13#22-
    
Clayton Cadieux C. Cadieux
Fantasy Football From Up North Fantasy Football F...
5 d
#13#22-
    
Site Rankings S. Rankings
Gridiron Experts Gridiron Experts
5 d
#28#19-
    
Blake Fincher B. Fincher
Fantasy Football Cafe Fantasy Football Cafe
5 d
#15#18-
    
Connor Rigg C. Rigg
Dynasty Nerds Dynasty Nerds
6 d
#24#20-
    
Guilherme Gianni G. Gianni
Fantasy Futebolista Fantasy Futebolista
6 d
#19#22-
    
Austin Amandolia A. Amandolia
Club Fantasy FFL Club Fantasy FFL
6 d
#35#16-
    
Jamey Eisenberg J. Eisenberg
CBS Sports CBS Sports
6 d
#14#23-
    
Derek Brown D. Brown
FantasyPros FantasyPros
6 d
#9#23-
    
Adam Stark A. Stark
Everyday Fantasy Football Everyday Fantasy F...
7 d
#12#16-
    
Richard Savill R. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack Fantasy Six Pack
7 d
#23#19-
    
Dave Kluge D. Kluge
Footballguys Footballguys
7 d
#20#23-
    
Liz Loza L. Loza
Yahoo! Sports Yahoo! Sports
7 d
#20#19-
    
Wyatt Bertolone W. Bertolone
JWB Fantasy Football JWB Fantasy Football
7 d
#12#22-
    
Nick Zylak N. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice Fantasy Football A...
7 d
#10#22-
    
Billy Mansell B. Mansell
IDP Army IDP Army
1 w
#20#21-
    
Justin Lampkin J. Lampkin
Clock Management Fantasy Football Clock Management F...
1 w
#20#21-
    
Des Bieler D. Bieler
The Washington Post The Washington Post
1 w
#17#19-
    
Drew DeLuca D. DeLuca
QB List QB List
1 w
#24#26-
    
Tom Strachan T. Strachan
NFL Best Ball NFL Best Ball
1 w
#12#15-
    
Mark Ringo M. Ringo
Sleepers and Busts Sleepers and Busts
1 w
#23#24-
    
David Heilman D. Heilman
Gridiron Ratings Gridiron Ratings
1 w
#23#22-
    
Pierre Camus P. Camus
RotoBaller RotoBaller
1 w
#15#26-
    
Tommy Molioo T. Molioo
The Undroppables The Undroppables
1 w
#19#22-
    
Tim Jablonski T. Jablonski
The Hateful 8 The Hateful 8
1 w
#19#22-
    
Steven Pintado S. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches The Fantasy Coaches
1 w
#15#24-
    
Adam Murfet A. Murfet
5 Yard Rush 5 Yard Rush
2 w
#16#20-
    
Kyle Williams K. Williams
Fantasy Six Pack Fantasy Six Pack
2 w
#15#23-
    
Brandon Funston B. Funston
The Athletic The Athletic
2 w
#10#18-
    
Smitty S.
SleeperU SleeperU
2 w
#46#18-
    
Anthony Cervino A. Cervino
FF Faceoff FF Faceoff
2 w
#23#19-
    
Nate Marcum N. Marcum
Fantasy In Frames Fantasy In Frames
2 w
#21#19-
    
Nathan Groot Nibbelink N. Groot Ni...
JWB Fantasy Football JWB Fantasy Football
2 w
#27#32-
    
Jeff Bell J. Bell
Footballguys Footballguys
2 w
#21#23-
    
Adrian Alpanseque A. Alpanseque
Estadio Fantasy Estadio Fantasy
2 w
#16#23-
    
Site Rankings S. Rankings
FFToday FFToday
2 w
#22#16-
    
John Hesterman J. Hesterman
Dynasty League Football Dynasty League Foo...
2 w
#18#23-
    
Andrew Erickson A. Erickson
FantasyPros FantasyPros
2 w
#19#24-
    
Tim Brosnan T. Brosnan
Tim's Fantasy Tips Tim's Fantasy Tips
2 w
#16#22-
    
Michael Hauff M. Hauff
FF Faceoff FF Faceoff
2 w
#22#23-
    
Francisco (Chato) Romero F. (Chato) ...
Estadio Fantasy Estadio Fantasy
2 w
#21#22-
    
Mike Maher M. Maher
FantasyPros FantasyPros
3 w
#19#18-
    
David Mendelson D. Mendelson
Triple Play Fantasy Triple Play Fantasy
3 w
#21#22-
    
Andrew Seifter A. Seifter
FantasyPros FantasyPros
3 w
#15#20-
    
Matt Donnelly M. Donnelly
Dynasty Vipers Dynasty Vipers
3 w
#12#23-
    
Seth Miller S. Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football Crossroads Fantasy...
3 w
#18-
    
Ellis Johnson E. Johnson
True North Fantasy Football True North Fantasy...
3 w
#9#21-
    
Bart Wheeler B. Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football Hail to Fantasy Fo...
4 w
#14#20-
    
Kyle Krajewski K. Krajewski
First Seed Sports First Seed Sports
4 w
#11#17-
    
Kevin Wheeler K. Wheeler
The Draft Zone The Draft Zone
4 w
#22#23-
    
Richard Cooling R. Cooling
5 Yard Rush 5 Yard Rush
4 w
#17#21-
    
Jody Smith J. Smith
FullTime Fantasy FullTime Fantasy
05/28
#19#21-
    
Raju Byfield R. Byfield
Win My Fantasy League Win My Fantasy League
05/27
#14#21-
    
Dominick Petrillo D. Petrillo
The Athletic The Athletic
05/25
#20#21-
    
Andersen Pickard A. Pickard
Prime Time Sports Talk Prime Time Sports ...
3 w
#19#18-
    
Brad Evans B. Evans
Bally Sports Bally Sports
05/24
#20#21-
    
Walter Cherepinsky W. Cherepinsky
WalterFootball WalterFootball
2 w
#13#21-
    
Ryan Weisse R. Weisse
Footballguys Footballguys
05/17
#18#14-
    
Fantasy BR F. BR
Fantasy BR Fantasy BR
05/16
#20#22-
    
Matt Olson M. Olson
The Pigskin Pow Wow The Pigskin Pow Wow
05/14
#19#20-
    
Derek Lofland D. Lofland
FantasyPros FantasyPros
05/24
#23#22-
    
Kevin Hanson K. Hanson
EDSFootball EDSFootball
05/11
#25#14-
    
Justin Sablich J. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy 5th Down Fantasy
05/10
#22#20-
    
Richard King R. King
King Fantasy Sports King Fantasy Sports
4 w
#18#13-
    
Mick Ciallela M. Ciallela
Fantrax Fantrax
05/06
#21#22-
    
Matt Harmon M. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports Yahoo! Sports
05/02
#15#26-
    
Rich Piazza R. Piazza
Fantasy Shed Fantasy Shed
05/01
#17#20-
    
Jordan Rains J. Rains
The IDP Army The IDP Army
6 d
#16#23-
    
Jorge B. Edwards J. B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames Fantasy In Frames
2 w
#10-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
2022 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB vs. BUF
Week 2 at PHI vs. ATL
Week 3 vs. DET at ARI
Week 4 at NO at SF
Week 5 vs. CHI vs. DAL
Week 6 at MIA vs. CAR
Week 7BYE WEEKBYE WEEK
Week 8 vs. ARI vs. SF
Week 9 at WAS at TB
Week 10 at BUF vs. ARI
Week 11 vs. DAL at NO
Week 12 vs. NE at KC
Week 13 vs. NYJ vs. SEA
Week 14 at DET vs. LV
Week 15 vs. IND at GB
Week 16 vs. NYG vs. DEN
Week 17 at GB at LAC
Week 18 at CHI at SEA
Player Projections Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
Receiving
   
Receptions50.457.7
Rec Yards521.6583.6
Rec TDs4.54.6
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.00.0
Rush Yards0.00.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points78.584.7
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
2021 Points 
Week 16.8
Week 20.8
Week 310.0
Week 43.6
Week 57.4
Week 63.6
Week 74.6
Week 82.5
Week 95.1
Week 108.0
Week 11
Week 120.3
Week 134.8
Week 14
Week 15
Week 164.1
Week 176.9
Week 1817.5
Total0.097.5
Average5.4
Player Targets Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
2021 Targets 
Week 16
Week 21
Week 35
Week 46
Week 52
Week 65
Week 78
Week 83
Week 910
Week 105
Week 11
Week 125
Week 136
Week 14
Week 15
Week 166
Week 179
Week 188
Notes for Player Combination
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee
TE - LAR
Expert 
Derek Brown
FantasyPros
Assuming Irv Smith is at full health to start the season, he could compete with Adam Thielen as the second target in Minnesota behind Justin Jefferson. Let's not forget that Smith was eighth in yards per target and second in QBR when targeted among tight ends in 2020. The Vikings surprised everyone by ranking 12th in neutral passing rate and eighth in neutral pace last year. If that repeats, the volume will be there for Smith. As an unrestricted free agent in 2023, Smith should be heavily motivated to post career-best numbers.Since his legendary stretch run in 2019, Tyler Higbee has been a ho-hum option in fantasy football. Over the last two seasons, he's finished as the TE13 and TE20 in fantasy points per game. His yards per route run dipped to 1.23 (25th amongst tight ends) last year, which isn't a trend you want to see out of a fringe (at best) top 12-15 option at tight end. With Allen Robinson in town and Van Jefferson returning to compete for targets behind Cooper Kupp, the arrow for Higbee is pointing down. He's nothing more than a streaming option in 2022.
Andrew Erickson
FantasyPros
 When Tyler Higbee came back from the COVID list he commanded at least 40 receiving yards along with of targets totals of 6, 9, 6,4 and 6. All in all, he averaged a 19% target share over the last four weeks after struggling to earn any worthwhile target share as afterthought in the Rams passing attack. Considering Higbee is always on the field in LA's one-TE offense - 93% route participation the Divisonal round, 76% during 2021 - he will have productive outings in the confines of a high-powered offense. He should be good to go by Week 1, barring any setbacks from his knee surgery.
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
Touted as a potential breakout candidate last summer, Smith missed the entire 2021 season with a torn meniscus. Has the potential to be a significant contributor on a team with a narrow target tree.He hasn't been able to recapture his 2019 end-of-season magic, but Higbee's role as the primary TE in a strong offense gives him a sturdy floor, and he'll be cheap in 2022 drafts.