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Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
vs. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
Drew Sample
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
vs. NYG, Sun 1pm EST
 
 
Expert
Recommendation

Updated: Nov 27th, 2020
96%
Recommended by
133 of 138 experts
4%
Recommended by
5 of 138 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 27# 34-
Best Rank# 22# 34-
Worst Rank# 35# 40-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. CAR vs. NYG-
Matchup RatingThis is a 3 star matchup. TEs perform close to their average vs CARThis is a 2 star matchup. TEs perform worse than their average vs NYG-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rec22.919
Rec Yds233.5212.5
Rec TD1.31.2
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total32.221.2-
Avg Game3.62.1-
Avg Projection3.42.5-
Week 112.32.9-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
WeatherIndoor53 F, Rain overnight.-
    
Expert Ranks 
Irv Smith Jr.Drew SampleAdd Player
    
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
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3 h
#28#39-
    
Andrew SeifterA. Seifter
FantasyPros
4 h
#23#38-
    
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
5 h
#31-
    
Chris RaybonC. Raybon
The Action Network
8 h
#31#35-
    
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
9 h
#22-
    
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
9 h
#20#35-
    
Andy HollowayA. Holl...
The Fantasy Footballers
9 h
#29#36-
    
Jeff RatcliffeJ. Ratc...
FTN
9 h
#32#35-
    
Justin BooneJ. Boone
theScore
9 h
#29#34-
    
Dave MajorD. Major
XN Sports
9 h
#29#39-
    
David ZachD. Zach
FantasyPros
9 h
#14#35-
    
Nathan JahnkeN. Jahnke
Pro Football Focus
9 h
#32#35-
    
Sean KoernerS. Koerner
The Action Network
9 h
#32#35-
    
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Razzball
10 h
#31#41-
    
Anthony CervinoA. Cervino
Gridiron Experts
10 h
#28#35-
    
Elisha TwerskiE. Twerski
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10 h
#24#37-
    
Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
The Draft Zone
10 h
#29#36-
    
Dan HarrisD. Harris
FantasyPros
10 h
#32#35-
    
Patrick ThormanP. Thorman
Establish the Run
10 h
#32#38-
    
Matthew HillM. Hill
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10 h
#31#35-
    
Jake CielyJ. Ciely
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10 h
#32#35-
    
Justin GeorgeJ. George
Take Your League
10 h
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Justin WeigalJ. Weigal
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10 h
#32#35-
    
Jason MooreJ. Moore
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10 h
#29#35-
    
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Estadio Fantasy
12 h
#32#38-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
12 h
#29#35-
    
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Going For 2
13 h
#28#34-
    
Kelly SmelserK. Smelser
Punch Drunk Wonderland
13 h
#21#35-
    
Kevin HansonK. Hanson
EDSFootball
13 h
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Packer Report
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13 h
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13 h
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13 h
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Justin DoddsJ. Dodds
Locked In Football
13 h
#29#35-
    
Heath CappsH. Capps
Fake Teams
13 h
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13 h
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13 h
#29#35-
    
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13 h
#32#35-
    
David BiggsD. Biggs
Drink Five
13 h
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Matthew BetzM. Betz
BallBlast
13 h
#28-
    
Huseyin AksuH. Aksu
Fantasy Couch
13 h
#26#44-
    
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
13 h
#32#38-
    
Nick MarianoN. Mariano
RotoBaller
13 h
#32#35-
    
Andy VandaA. Vanda
Take Your League
13 h
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Andy SingletonA. Sing...
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13 h
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Matt SchaufM. Schauf
Draft Sharks
13 h
#29#35-
    
Jake ArthurJ. Arthur
Colts.com
13 h
#29#35-
    
Eric MoodyE. Moody
FantasyData
14 h
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Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
14 h
#22-
    
Brandon FunstonB. Funston
The Athletic
14 h
#29#35-
    
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
14 h
#23#35-
    
Marc CavigliaM. Cavi...
Bruno Boys
14 h
#28#34-
    
Dan McLellanD. McLe...
WBLZ Media
14 h
#29#35-
    
Bart WheelerB. Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
14 h
#25-
    
Michael HauffM. Hauff
Gridiron Experts
14 h
#29#35-
    
Robert WaziakR. Waziak
The Fantasy Footballers
14 h
#35#38-
    
Alex BlickleA. Blickle
Fantasy Team Advice
14 h
#29#34-
    
Dennis SosicD. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
14 h
#29-
    
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
14 h
#29#35-
    
Mick CiallelaM. Cial...
Fantrax
14 h
#29#35-
    
Pat FitzmauriceP. Fitz...
The Football Girl
14 h
#32#35-
    
Tal MalachovskyT. Mala...
The Fantasy Scout
14 h
#25#35-
    
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
14 h
#29#35-
    
Bill EnrightB. Enright
Sports Illustrated
14 h
#29#40-
    
The FFGhostT. FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
14 h
#45#28-
    
Mike HarmonM. Harmon
Swollen Dome
14 h
#29#35-
    
Mike WrightM. Wright
The Fantasy Footballers
14 h
#32#34-
    
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
14 h
#29#35-
    
Steven PintadoS. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches
14 h
#29#35-
    
Craig PhillipsC. Phil...
FF Prophet
14 h
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Brian StraitB. Strait
FTLS Fantasy Football
14 h
#29#35-
    
Ryan NoonanR. Noonan
FTN
14 h
#31#35-
    
Matt De LimaM. De Lima
Sports Illustrated
14 h
#29#35-
    
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
14 h
#29#36-
    
Mike RigzM. Rigz
Gridiron Experts
14 h
#31#35-
    
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14 h
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Scott SmithS. Smith
RotoViz
14 h
#28#34-
    
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
14 h
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Morgan ColbyM. Colby
The Fantasy Champions
14 h
#32-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
14 h
#31#35-
    
Todd D ClarkT. D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
14 h
#29#35-
    
Brandon MurchisonB. Murc...
RotoBaller
14 h
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Tim JablonskiT. Jabl...
The Hateful 8
14 h
#28#34-
    
Dominick PetrilloD. Petr...
Fantasy Hot Read
14 h
#29#35-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
QB List
14 h
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Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
14 h
#29#35-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
Dynasty League Football
14 h
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Crossroads Fantasy Football
14 h
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RotoBaller
14 h
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Justin SablichJ. Sablich
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14 h
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Dynasty Nerds
15 h
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15 h
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Michelle MagdziukM. Magd...
BallBlast
15 h
#29#35-
    
Thor AkerleyT. Akerley
Fantasy Team Advice
15 h
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15 h
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15 h
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Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
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15 h
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Doug NorrieD. Norrie
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15 h
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Jeff PaurJ. Paur
RTSports
15 h
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Mike MacGregorM. MacG...
Draft Buddy
15 h
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Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
15 h
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Donald GibsonD. Gibson
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16 h
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Tyler OrginskiT. Orgi...
Fantasy Hot Read
16 h
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Jonathan StoneJ. Stone
The Hateful 8
17 h
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Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
17 h
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Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
17 h
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Matthew FreedmanM. Free...
The Action Network
18 h
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Richard SavillR. Savill
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18 h
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Tozzi BrothersT. Brot...
Legion Report
18 h
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Ben WasleyB. Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
19 h
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Seth KleinS. Klein
Fantrax
22 h
#31#35-
    
Christopher DellC. Dell
Betting Predators
22 h
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John FergusonJ. Ferg...
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Adam PfeiferA. Pfeifer
FTN
1 d
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Isaiah SiroisI. Sirois
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Jason PetropoulosJ. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
1 d
#19#35-
    
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BRoto Fantasy
1 d
#25#35-
    
Peter RogersP. Rogers
Fake Teams
1 d
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Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
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1 d
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Walter CherepinskyW. Cher...
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1 d
#27#37-
    
Mike KruegerM. Krueger
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1 d
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Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
1 d
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Greg SmithG. Smith
TwoQBs
1 d
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1 d
#25#35-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
1 d
#28-
    
Kevin RobertsK. Roberts
Breaking Football
1 d
#31#35-
    
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Roto Street Journal
2 d
#31-
    
Matt MacCoyM. MacCoy
Fantasy Team Advice
2 d
#32#29-
    
Ryan SkolrudR. Skolrud
SkullKing Sports
2 d
#29#35-
    
SmittyS.
SleeperU
2 d
#29#35-
    
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Fighting Chance Fantasy
2 d
#32#35-
    
Zachary HanshewZ. Hanshew
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2 d
#18-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
2 d
#28#35-
    
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
Razzball
3 d
#28#35-
    
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DK Nation
3 d
#18#39-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
Drew Sample
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB
1 tar, 1 rec, 11 yds, 0 td
vs. LAC
1 tar, 1 rec, 7 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at IND
4 tar, 1 rec, 3 yds, 0 td
at CLE
9 tar, 7 rec, 45 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. TEN
0 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
at PHI
1 tar, 1 rec, 1 yds, 0 td
Week 4 at HOU
1 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
vs. JAC
5 tar, 3 rec, 47 yds, 0 td
Week 5 at SEA
5 tar, 4 rec, 64 yds, 0 td
at BAL
2 tar, 2 rec, 22 yds, 0 td
Week 6 vs. ATL
5 tar, 4 rec, 55 yds, 0 td
at IND
1 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 7BYE WEEK vs. CLE
6 tar, 5 rec, 52 yds, 0 td
Week 8 at GB
1 tar, 1 rec, 16 yds, 0 td
vs. TEN
1 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 9 vs. DET
4 tar, 2 rec, 10 yds, 2 td
BYE WEEK
Week 10 at CHI
at PIT
2 tar, 1 rec, 9 yds, 0 td
Week 11 vs. DAL
2 tar, 2 rec, 23 yds, 0 td
at WAS
4 tar, 2 rec, 29 yds, 0 td
Week 12 vs. CAR vs. NYG
Week 13 vs. JAC at MIA
Week 14 at TB vs. DAL
Week 15 vs. CHI vs. PIT
Week 16 at NO at HOU
Week 17 at DET vs. BAL
Player Projections Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
vs. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
Drew Sample
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
vs. NYG, Sun 1pm EST
Receiving
   
Receptions2.42.3
Rec Yards25.321.3
Rec TDs0.20.1
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.00.0
Rush Yards0.00.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points3.42.5
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
Drew Sample
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
2020 Points 
Week 11.10.7
Week 20.34.5
Week 30.00.1
Week 40.04.7
Week 56.42.2
Week 67.50.0
Week 75.2
Week 81.60.0
Week 913.0
Week 100.9
Week 112.32.9
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total32.221.2
Average3.62.1
Player Targets Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
Drew Sample
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
2020 Targets 
Week 111
Week 249
Week 301
Week 415
Week 552
Week 651
Week 76
Week 811
Week 94
Week 102
Week 1124
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Notes for Player Combination
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
vs. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
Drew Sample
Drew Sample
TE - CIN
vs. NYG, Sun 1pm EST
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
In his return to the lineup, Smith played fewer snaps than Kyle Rudolph, but he ran six more routes, which is what we care about. Unfortunately, the two of them combined for just five targets in a game where Cousins threw the ball more than he normally does. There's still yet to be a game this year where a Vikings tight end has seen more than five targets, and in fact, there's been just three games where they've hit that five-target mark. Because of that, we have just three double-digit PPR performances out of them, which is what you essentially need to get into the top-12 discussion. To be fair, the Panthers have allowed nine different tight ends to score 10-plus PPR points against them, but when you look at the competition, it gets a bit more grim. Based on the players they've gone up against, the totals they allow look great. Tight ends have averaged 5.1 percent fewer fantasy points against the Panthers than what they do in non-Panthers games, which makes this the 11th-toughest schedule adjusted matchup for tight ends. Basically, their schedule has been a gauntlet of top-tier tight ends. You don't need to stream Smith in this matchup, though he'd get a solid bump in the rankings if Thielen sat this game out.