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Irv Smith Jr.

Irv Smith Jr.


Height: 6' 2"Weight: 242 lbsAge: 23College: AlabamaDrafted: #50 (2nd Rd. by Minnesota)

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Irv Smith undergoes surgery on meniscus, likely out for the year

Irv Smith underwent surgery to repair his meniscus and will likely be out 4-to-5 months. Expect Smith to miss the regular season.

Fantasy Impact

Smith being out vacates the tight end spot in Minnesota. The Vikings completed a trade for Chris Herndon, who will replace Smith as the starter. Smith being out for the season could give a slight bump in targets to both Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.

Garett Thomas20 weeks ago
Irv Smith Jr. will undergo meniscus surgery, per Tom Pelissero

Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. will undergo surgery to repair a meniscus injury he suffered. The injury will sideline him for at least the start of the regular season.

Fantasy Impact

The third-year TE was picked as one of the next breakout players for the 2021 season. Smith will now undergo surgery that will sideline him for at least the start of the regular season. Backup TE Tyler Conklin is someone to target in deeper fantasy leagues.

Irv Smith likely the third option in Vikings passing game, per beat writer

TE Irv Smith is likely to be the third option in the Vikings passing game and the pass-catcher is most likely to put up significant numbers alongside Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, according to Judd Zulgad.

Fantasy Impact

Zulgad wrote: One thing that stood out the past two days is how much Irv Smith Jr., is getting the ball. It’s become clear that Kirk Cousins is very comfortable throwing to Smith — more than he was throwing to Kyle Rudolph — and that could result in a big season for the tight end entering his third season. Smith had 36 receptions for 311 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games as a rookie and 30 catches for 365 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games last season. There has been talk about how much of a factor the recently signed Dede Westbrook might be as the third wide receiver. But it’s much more likely that if someone other than Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen put up significant numbers, it will be Smith.

Irv Smith tagged as a breakout candidate for the Vikings, per beat writer

Arif Hasan of The Athletic writes Irv Smith has the talent and opportunity to become the No. 3 weapon in the Vikings' passing game.

Fantasy Impact

The tight end position has one of the longest learning curves coming out of the draft, but Smith is now entering his third season in the NFL. Kyle Rudolph is in New York and the third-year pro has a clear path to the starting role. The Vikings have a limited number of pass-catchers behind Justin Jefferson and an aging Adam Thielen, which presents a big opportunity for the former Crimson Tide to become the No. 3 option in the passing game. The Vikings routinely play with two tight ends on the field more than most, so he should have ample playing time. When Rudolph went down with an injury late last year, Smith had 15 catches for 183 yards and three touchdowns in weeks 14-17. During that time, he ranked as the TE4. It's a small sample size to be sure, but fantasy managers shouldn't be surprised if he breaks into the top-10 for tight ends. He's currently being drafted as the TE11, which is a nice spot for fantasy managers to target him.

Robert Lorge28 weeks ago
Irv Smith Jr. not expected to have expanded role in offense, per HC

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is not planning for a breakout year from third-year tight end Irv Smith Jr. despite the absence of Kyle Rudolph. "Honestly, I don’t think it’s any bigger role for him whatsoever," explained Zimmer. "I think it’s a bigger role for Tyler Conklin. He’s kind of emerged as a guy that’s moving upward and with those two guys, we have a lot of weapons there. Irv always has been able to do what he’s been able to do whether Kyle was here or not. We’re excited about these two young tight ends that we have."

Fantasy Impact

This has to be painful for managers who have high roster shares of the young tight end. Instead of sliding into a large role in 2021, it sounds like he'll merely split time with Conklin. In an offense that already features Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen, these latest comments from Zimmer further smother any hope that Smith might finish as a top-12 tight end. Fantasy managers shall adjust accordingly and treat Smith merely as a depth piece.

Andersen Pickard32 weeks ago