Irv Smith Jr. – TE
We finally have signs of life from the Vikings promising tight end. Irv Smith Jr. scored his first touchdown in two years against the Eagles on Monday. It was also the only Vikings score of the night.
Back from a hand injury, Smith showed off his incredible athleticism and burst, which is the entire reason he was drafted in real life and in fantasy.
Now with that said… he had one of the worst drops of the year on a wide-open deep route that easily would’ve skyrocketed his stats and given him his second touchdown. It was an insanely bad drop that may have been part of the reason the Vikings lost their offensive momentum.
While he didn’t have a great game, one positive takeaway that will inspire fantasy managers is his utilization. Despite only playing nearly half of the offensive snaps, Smith was targeted eight times, hauling in five passes for 36 yards and the previously mentioned touchdown.
The tight end position is quite shallow all across the league outside of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, so Smith is in consideration to be one of the best surprises of the year.
Don’t put your faith in him quite yet, but be prepared to act accordingly if Smith continues to play a pivotal role in the offense.
Let the game against the Lions play out before plugging Smith into starting lineups. But if necessary, he can be started over just about every option available on waivers.