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Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
vs. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
Doubtful
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
Tyler Kroft
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
vs. LAC, Sun 1pm EST
 
 
Expert
Recommendation

Updated: Nov 27th, 2020
97%
Recommended by
122 of 126 experts
3%
Recommended by
4 of 126 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 34# 60-
Best Rank# 24# 52-
Worst Rank# 35# 70-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. CAR vs. LAC-
Matchup RatingThis is a 3 star matchup. TEs perform close to their average vs CARThis is a 4 star matchup. TEs perform better than their average vs LAC-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rec22.916.8
Rec Yds233.5183.4
Rec TD1.31.5
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total32.229.9-
Avg Game3.63.3-
Avg Projection2.62.1-
Week 112.3-
    
Misc 
    
Injury AlertGroin-
WeatherIndoor48 F, Clear-
    
Expert Ranks 
Irv Smith Jr.Tyler KroftAdd Player
    
Nick MarianoN. Mariano
RotoBaller
48 m
#64-
    
Andrew SeifterA. Seifter
FantasyPros
59 m
#45-
    
Pat FitzmauriceP. Fitz...
The Football Girl
1 h
#66-
    
Tal MalachovskyT. Mala...
The Fantasy Scout
1 h
#25-
    
Patrick ThormanP. Thorman
Establish the Run
1 h
#68-
    
Seth MillerS. Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
1 h
#45-
    
Chris RaybonC. Raybon
The Action Network
2 h
#54-
    
Dominick PetrilloD. Petr...
Fantasy Hot Read
2 h
#29-
    
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
2 h
#35-
    
David BiggsD. Biggs
Drink Five
2 h
#31-
    
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
2 h
#22-
    
Andy HollowayA. Holl...
The Fantasy Footballers
2 h
#31#57-
    
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
4 h
#29-
    
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
5 h
#22-
    
Kevin RobertsK. Roberts
Breaking Football
5 h
#31-
    
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
5 h
#25-
    
Mike TagliereM. Tagl...
FantasyPros
5 h
#26-
    
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
5 h
#29-
    
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
6 h
#29-
    
Drew DeLucaD. DeLuca
NFL Spinzone
6 h
#25-
    
Jared SmolaJ. Smola
Draft Sharks
7 h
#28-
    
Mauricio GutierrezM. Guti...
Estadio Fantasy
7 h
#32#66-
    
Ryan NoonanR. Noonan
FTN
9 h
#31-
    
Kevin HansonK. Hanson
EDSFootball
9 h
#35#69-
    
Matt BrandonM. Brandon
Matt Brandon
19 h
#29#61-
    
Mike KruegerM. Krueger
FFToday
1 d
#31-
    
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
1 d
#20-
    
Jeff RatcliffeJ. Ratc...
FTN
1 d
#32#52-
    
Justin BooneJ. Boone
theScore
1 d
#29-
    
Dave MajorD. Major
XN Sports
1 d
#29#52-
    
David ZachD. Zach
FantasyPros
1 d
#14-
    
Nathan JahnkeN. Jahnke
Pro Football Focus
1 d
#32-
    
Sean KoernerS. Koerner
The Action Network
1 d
#32#52-
    
Rudy GambleR. Gamble
Razzball
1 d
#31#50-
    
Anthony CervinoA. Cervino
Gridiron Experts
1 d
#28-
    
Elisha TwerskiE. Twerski
numberFire
1 d
#24-
    
Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
The Draft Zone
1 d
#29#66-
    
Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
1 d
#31-
    
Jake CielyJ. Ciely
The Athletic
1 d
#32-
    
Justin GeorgeJ. George
Take Your League
1 d
#32-
    
Justin WeigalJ. Weigal
FantasySharks
1 d
#32#64-
    
Jason MooreJ. Moore
The Fantasy Footballers
1 d
#29#63-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
1 d
#29-
    
Gerson AguirreG. Aguirre
Going For 2
1 d
#28-
    
Raju ByfieldR. Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
1 d
#23-
    
Donkey TeethD. Teeth
Razzball
1 d
#23-
    
Justin DoddsJ. Dodds
Locked In Football
1 d
#29-
    
Heath CappsH. Capps
Fake Teams
1 d
#26-
    
Neema HodjatN. Hodjat
Real GM
1 d
#29-
    
Steven SpaccarotelliS. Spac...
SleeperWire
1 d
#29-
    
Jamie CalandroJ. Cala...
Fantasy Team Advice
1 d
#32-
    
Huseyin AksuH. Aksu
Fantasy Couch
1 d
#26-
    
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
1 d
#32#60-
    
Andy VandaA. Vanda
Take Your League
1 d
#32-
    
Andy SingletonA. Sing...
Expand The Boxscore
1 d
#26-
    
Matt SchaufM. Schauf
Draft Sharks
1 d
#29-
    
Jake ArthurJ. Arthur
Colts.com
1 d
#29-
    
Eric MoodyE. Moody
FantasyData
1 d
#30-
    
Brandon FunstonB. Funston
The Athletic
1 d
#29-
    
Marc CavigliaM. Cavi...
Bruno Boys
1 d
#28-
    
Dan McLellanD. McLe...
WBLZ Media
1 d
#29-
    
Michael HauffM. Hauff
Gridiron Experts
1 d
#29-
    
Robert WaziakR. Waziak
The Fantasy Footballers
1 d
#35#70-
    
Alex BlickleA. Blickle
Fantasy Team Advice
1 d
#29-
    
Dennis SosicD. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
1 d
#29-
    
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
1 d
#29-
    
Mick CiallelaM. Cial...
Fantrax
1 d
#29-
    
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
1 d
#29-
    
Bill EnrightB. Enright
Sports Illustrated
1 d
#29-
    
The FFGhostT. FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
1 d
#45-
    
Mike HarmonM. Harmon
Swollen Dome
1 d
#29-
    
Mike WrightM. Wright
The Fantasy Footballers
1 d
#32#62-
    
Steven PintadoS. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches
1 d
#29-
    
Craig PhillipsC. Phil...
FF Prophet
1 d
#30-
    
Brian StraitB. Strait
FTLS Fantasy Football
1 d
#29-
    
Matt De LimaM. De Lima
Sports Illustrated
1 d
#29-
    
DailyRotoD.
DailyRoto
1 d
#15-
    
Scott SmithS. Smith
RotoViz
1 d
#28-
    
Morgan ColbyM. Colby
The Fantasy Champions
1 d
#32-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
1 d
#31-
    
Todd D ClarkT. D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
1 d
#29-
    
Tim JablonskiT. Jabl...
The Hateful 8
1 d
#28-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
QB List
1 d
#42-
    
Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
1 d
#29-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
Dynasty League Football
1 d
#29-
    
Justin SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
1 d
#29-
    
Garret PriceG. Price
Dynasty Nerds
1 d
#29-
    
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
1 d
#29-
    
Michelle MagdziukM. Magd...
BallBlast
1 d
#29-
    
Thor AkerleyT. Akerley
Fantasy Team Advice
1 d
#29-
    
Dan YanotchkoD. Yano...
EDSFootball
1 d
#32-
    
Jason WillanJ. Willan
Gridiron Experts
1 d
#29-
    
Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
1 d
#28-
    
Doug NorrieD. Norrie
Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings
1 d
#35-
    
Jeff PaurJ. Paur
RTSports
1 d
#32-
    
Mike MacGregorM. MacG...
Draft Buddy
1 d
#29-
    
Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
1 d
#32-
    
Donald GibsonD. Gibson
FantasyPros
1 d
#29-
    
Tyler OrginskiT. Orgi...
Fantasy Hot Read
1 d
#32-
    
Jonathan StoneJ. Stone
The Hateful 8
1 d
#28#67-
    
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
1 d
#32-
    
Matthew FreedmanM. Free...
The Action Network
1 d
#29#45-
    
Tozzi BrothersT. Brot...
Legion Report
1 d
#28-
    
Ben WasleyB. Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
2 d
#32#56-
    
Seth KleinS. Klein
Fantrax
2 d
#31-
    
Christopher DellC. Dell
Betting Predators
2 d
#26-
    
John FergusonJ. Ferg...
FantasyData
2 d
#28-
    
Adam PfeiferA. Pfeifer
FTN
2 d
#29-
    
Isaiah SiroisI. Sirois
FantasyPros
2 d
#31#46-
    
Jason PetropoulosJ. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
2 d
#19-
    
Peter RogersP. Rogers
Fake Teams
2 d
#24-
    
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
2 d
#31-
    
Walter CherepinskyW. Cher...
WalterFootball
2 d
#27-
    
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
2 d
#24-
    
Greg SmithG. Smith
TwoQBs
2 d
#27-
    
2 d
#25-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
2 d
#28-
    
Wolf of Roto StreetW. of R...
Roto Street Journal
2 d
#31-
    
Matt MacCoyM. MacCoy
Fantasy Team Advice
2 d
#32-
    
Ryan SkolrudR. Skolrud
SkullKing Sports
3 d
#29-
    
SmittyS.
SleeperU
3 d
#29-
    
Kevin TompkinsK. Tomp...
Fighting Chance Fantasy
3 d
#32-
    
Zachary HanshewZ. Hanshew
FantasyPros
3 d
#18-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
3 d
#28-
    
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
Razzball
3 d
#28-
    
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
3 d
#18#66-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
Tyler Kroft
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB
1 tar, 1 rec, 11 yds, 0 td
vs. NYJ
0 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at IND
4 tar, 1 rec, 3 yds, 0 td
at MIA
0 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. TEN
0 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
vs. LAR
5 tar, 4 rec, 24 yds, 2 td
Week 4 at HOU
1 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
at LV
3 tar, 1 rec, 12 yds, 0 td
Week 5 at SEA
5 tar, 4 rec, 64 yds, 0 td
at TEN
0 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 6 vs. ATL
5 tar, 4 rec, 55 yds, 0 td
vs. KC
2 tar, 1 rec, 7 yds, 0 td
Week 7BYE WEEK at NYJ
4 tar, 4 rec, 64 yds, 0 td
Week 8 at GB
1 tar, 1 rec, 16 yds, 0 td
vs. NE
1 tar, 1 rec, 11 yds, 0 td
Week 9 vs. DET
4 tar, 2 rec, 10 yds, 2 td
vs. SEA
1 tar, 1 rec, 1 yds, 1 td
Week 10 at CHI
at ARI
Week 11 vs. DAL
2 tar, 2 rec, 23 yds, 0 td
BYE WEEK
Week 12 vs. CAR vs. LAC
Week 13 vs. JAC at SF
Week 14 at TB vs. PIT
Week 15 vs. CHI at DEN
Week 16 at NO at NE
Week 17 at DET vs. MIA
Player Projections Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
vs. CAR, Sun 1pm EST
Doubtful
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
Tyler Kroft
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
vs. LAC, Sun 1pm EST
Receiving
   
Receptions2.61.3
Rec Yards26.012.4
Rec TDs0.00.1
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.00.0
Rush Yards0.00.0
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points2.62.1
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
Tyler Kroft
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
2020 Points 
Week 11.10.0
Week 20.30.0
Week 30.014.4
Week 40.01.2
Week 56.40.0
Week 67.50.7
Week 76.4
Week 81.61.1
Week 913.06.1
Week 10
Week 112.3
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total32.229.9
Average3.63.3
Player Targets Comparison
 
Irv Smith Jr.
TE - MIN
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
Tyler Kroft
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
2020 Targets 
Week 110
Week 240
Week 305
Week 413
Week 550
Week 652
Week 74
Week 811
Week 941
Week 10
Week 112
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
Doubtful
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
Tyler Kroft
Tyler Kroft
TE - BUF
vs. LAC, 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.