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Week 7 Outlook
Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) was activated off of the IR and returned to practice this week. He looks to be on track to play in some capacity in Week 7.
This is good news for a pretty depleted WR room. However, considering this is his first week back from injury, he is going to be difficult to project this week. Albeit, he does offer some upside as a WR4 for those in desperate need of a WR.
The Saints designated WR Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) to return from injured reserve.
This activates Smith's 21-day practice window. Michael Thomas is still a couple of weeks away, so this is certainly good news for the Saints. As of now, however, Smith isn't a recommended fantasy stash outside of deeper formats.
The New Orleans Saints placed wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) on the short-term injured reserve Friday.
Smith was placed on the short-term injured reserve and will miss the next three games. He’s dealt with a hamstring injury since the beginning of August and has barely practiced throughout training camp. Smith is eligible to return Week 4 against the New York Giants. With star wideout Michael Thomas (ankle) also out through October, the Saints are extremely thin at wide receiver. Marquez Callaway, Chris Hogan, and Lil’ Jordan Humphrey are currently the top receivers on the Saints’ depth chart. Callaway should see an uptick in targets, and fantasy managers can expect his stock to rise with the latest news. Hogan and Humphrey could have value in deep-league formats but are not on the fantasy radar in Week 1 against a tough Green Bay Packers secondary.
Tre'Quan Smith did not practice on Thursday leading up to Week 1, due to a hamstring injury. He was present for practice on Wednesday but downgraded to DNP on Thursday.
Smith was slotted to be a starting receiver for the Saints, however a downgrade in practice participation - after not having an injury designation on Wednesday - is cause for serious concern about his Week 1 playing status. Should he miss, Marquez Callaway would be in line for more targets. Lil' Jordan Humphrey and Adam Trautman could be viable deep-league options if Smith misses, but they impose high-risk for managers brave enough to start them.
As ESPN's Mike Triplett writers, Saints speedy wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith understands and recognizes that 2021 hold a great opportunity for him to break out and emerge as a top piece in the New Orleans offense. "I definitely feel like it’s a big opportunity for me, knowing that they didn’t [sign] any veterans and didn’t draft a high receiver,” Smith said. “I feel like they expect me to show up this year. And that’s just what I’m gonna do, and I appreciate that.”
Smith rotated throughout roles in the Saints' offense, spending time as the team's WR1, WR2, and WR3 depending on the injury statuses of Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Smith dealt with the injury bug, too, missing two games. He also exited midgame sometimes and ultimately finished the year on injured reserve with an ankle ailment. When healthy, Smith caught 34 passes for 448 yards and two touchdowns. He also has a close rapport with Jameis Winston, as the two connected for a huge playoff touchdown last year and also spent time training together in California this offseason. Smith currently ranks as the WR73 in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.