College: Alabama | Rookie
Height: 6'2" | Weight: 242 lbs
Birth Date: 8/9/1998
Depth Chart: TE1.2
2019 Bye Week: 12
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 TE
The Vikings took Smith in the second round of this year's draft. He is the future at the position and could be starting before long, especially if the team has officially soured on Kyle Rudolph. Smith is a well-rounded tight end because he can block and catch the ball. He is a more than willing blocker that does well in that area. He also catches the ball well and can make plenty of plays after the catch. Smith also has pretty good hands. He might not start but should play a big role in the offense because he can be an asset both blocking and receiving.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Smith won't post big numbers until Rudolph is gone but could have some decent games along the way. He might be worth some spot starts for fantasy teams. He can get around 40 receptions for 500 yards and four or five scores.
Smith Jr. was taken in the second round of Aprils NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings, which made the fantasy football public believe that incumbent tight end Kyle Rudolph was going to be traded or released due to salary cap constraints. But that turned out to be false as Rudolph signed a four-year contract extension this offseason, so now Smith Jr.s role in Minnesotas offense comes into question. Smith Jr. averaged 16.1 yards per catch in his final collegiate season, so he can stretch the field and will be hard to cover with a linebacker in the NFL. He has tremendous upside since he still has lots to learn and could really turn out to be a premium pick in dynasty leagues, but the problem is that Rudolph is blocking him from blossoming into a big-time player now Rudolph re-signed. It is difficult for two tight ends to both prosper stats-wise in an offense. Look no further than Tampa Bays situation with O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. Smith Jr. will likely need a year of seasoning before he breaks out and become a fantasy force of any kind, so let him learn from Rudolph for a season and then seriously zone in on him in 2020.
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Minnesota Vikings rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr., who was taken 50th overall in this year's draft, is extremely athletic and can create mismatches with linebackers or safeties in the middle of the field. He has obvious upside as a pass-catcher but has also shown improvement as a run-blocker in training camp. Smith is expected to have a sizeable role in his rookie season, and the expectation is that he'll develop into a rare complete tight end that will be a "big part" of Gary Kubiak's and Kevin Stefanski's offense, according to general manager Rick Spielman. Tight ends have accounted for an average of 23 percent of targets in Kubiak's offenses in his 21 seasons. However, only two rookie tight ends have had more than 600 yards receiving in the last 16 years, so temper expectations for Smith. He'll also be behind Kyle Rudolph, so consider him merely a dynasty asset for now.
Minnesota Vikings rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. had an impressive night on Sunday, at least as far as preseason games go. Smith Jr. caught all five of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown, and he looks firmly entrenched as the Vikings top backup option at the tight end spot. It's never a good idea to look too deep into how teams are scheming during the preseason, but it does seem fair to assume that Smith Jr. will be getting some opportunities in the passing game this season. He's more of a dynasty stash this year with Kyle Rudolph still in front of him, but he's probably worth keeping an eye on for ultra-deep leagues. Smith Jr. is currently going undrafted at 301 overall (TE32).
Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. recently told ESPN's Courtney Cronin that the Vikings are getting creative with his usage in the passing game, lining him up out wide and even in the backfield on occasion. The rookie second-rounder was listed as the second tight end on the team's first unofficial depth chart, and he offers an intriguing skill set that produced 16.1 yards per catch and seven touchdowns last year at Alabama. While it's encouraging to hear that Kevin Stefanski and Gary Kubiak are utilizing Smith Jr.'s athleticism, incumbent starter Kyle Rudolph stands in his way for fantasy relevance and it's difficult to make a case for Smith Jr. in non-dynasty formats this season. Things can always change, though, so keep an eye out in the preseason. He's currently basically free in drafts, clocking in at 272 overall (TE31).