Skip to main content
Irv Smith Jr.

Irv Smith Jr.

TE - MIN
Height: 6' 2"Weight: 242 lbsAge: 22College: AlabamaDrafted: #50 (2nd Rd. by Minnesota)

Week 13 Outlook

JAC @ MIN
Sun 1:00pm ET
Matchup (?)
Week Rank (ECR) TE #59
Projection 2.9 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
6%
 
ESPN
4%
 
FanDuel
 
DraftKings
Expert Note
View More Notes

We've gone over this plenty of times throughout the year, but when both of these tight ends are active, it's going to be tough to trust them. With Thielen out, it became a bit more intriguing. When Smith was ruled out, Rudolph became a legitimate streamer. To be fair, we didn't know Cousins would throw the ball 45 times, but after watching Rudolph see eight targets, he's on everyone's radar. If there's a matchup to play borderline tight ends, it's this one against the Jaguars, as they've allowed a league-leading 2.33 PPR points per target to tight ends. You need to monitor the status of both Thielen and Smith, as both would cannibalize some of the role that we have with Rudolph. Tight ends have averaged just 6.2 targets per game against the Jaguars, which ranks as the ninth-fewest in the league, while the Vikings have targeted their tight ends just 5.7 times per game. Are you starting to see why it's going to be difficult to trust Rudolph with Smith in the lineup? If Smith misses, Rudolph would be a low-end TE1. If both play, they're both stuck in the TE2 territory as touchdown-or-bust options.

Player News
View More News

Irv Smith Jr. (back) won't practice Thursday

TE Irv Smith Jr. (back) won't participate in Thursday's practice.

Fantasy Impact

Smith will miss his second straight practice as he continues to deal with a back injury. He missed Week 12's win over the Panthers and has been sidelined two of the last three weeks due to back/groin injuries. His participation in Friday's practice will determine if Smith has any chance of suiting up on Sunday. If Smith is out again, Kyle Rudolph would handle tight end duties for the Vikings and can be considered a borderline TE1 for Week 13.

Brad Camara - Dec 3, 2020
Recent Articles
View More Articles
The Primer: Week 13 Edition (2020 Fantasy Football) photo
There are going to be times in your life where you feel like you're in a rut you'll never escape. Those times feel like ...
by Mike Tagliere in FantasyDec 3, 2020
Rankings
ECRBestWorst# of Experts
Week 13TE #59TE #29TE #502
Rest of Season TE #23TE #22TE #293
Dynasty TE #14TE #11TE #166
Projections
(Week 13)
View More Projections
Projections (Week 13)
RecsRec YdsRec TdsFumblesPoints
1.819.80.202.9
History
Statistics
(avgs.)
View More Stats
Statistics (avgs.)
Rec YdsRec TdsRecsPoints
Last Week23022.3
Last 3 Weeks16.30.71.75.6
Season to Date20.20.21.73.6
Game Log
View More Games
Game Log
OPPRec YdsRec TdsRecsPoints
Week 11vs. DAL23022.3
Week 9vs. DET102213
Week 8@ GB16011.6
Week 6vs. ATL55047.5
Strength of Schedule
(2020)
View Full Schedule
Strength of Schedule (2020)
OppSummary
Next Gamevs. JAC2nd easiest opponent
Next 3 GamesTB, CHI, NO4th easiest opponents
Playoffs (?)TB, CHI, NO4th easiest opponents
Rest of Season--1st easiest remaining opponents
Who Should I Start?
recommended by 61% of experts
recommended by 67% of experts
recommended by 61% of experts
recommended by 61% of experts