Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. suffered a thumb injury in practice yesterday that led to his surgery today. HC Kevin O'Connell expects him to be ready to play in the regular season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Smith missed the entirety of the 2021 season with a torn meniscus, but prior to suffering that injury was receiving buzz as a breakout candidate following the departure of long-time Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph. If Smith is healthy in the regular season he may have a chance to outperform his ADP of TE 15, thanks to a promising passing offense schemed by first-year HC Kevin O'Connell. Assuming the latest surgery is in fact minor, he is best suited as a backup TE in most formats who is worth a roster spot in fantasy football's thinnest position.