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Smith signed with the Chiefs this season, and he will compete for a role as a backup to Travis Kelce. Smith is not worth drafting in most Fantasy leagues. Kansas City has Kelce, Noah Gray and rookie Jared Wiley on the depth chart, so Smith could find it hard to get playing time. He's also struggled with injuries the past three seasons and has played a combined 20 games since 2020. Last year with the Bengals, Smith had 18 catches for 115 yards and one touchdown on 26 targets in 12 games. If he starts off the season playing well or gets increased playing time from an injury then just add him off waivers during the year.

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2023 18 115 6.39 1 0.00 110.9
2022 25 182 7.28 2 0.00 273.4
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  • Chiefs' Irv Smith: Joining Super Bowl champs

    Smith is in line to sign a one-year deal with Kansas City, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Smith was limited to 18 catches on 26 targets for 115 yards and one TD over 12 regular-season games with the Bengals last season, but the 2019 second-rounder does have some bounce-back potential as a pass-catcher. As long as top tight end Travis Kelce is healthy though, Smith doesn't have a path to steady target volume with Kansas City.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Healthy scratch again

    Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns. Smith's first season in Cincinnati has come to a close, and he was able to catch 18 of his 26 targets for 115 yards and one touchdown across 12 games. The Bengals are expected to roll with Tanner Hudson, Drew Sample and Mitchell Wilcox as their three tight ends in Week 18.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Two catches against former team

    Smith recorded two catches for 18 yards on three targets in Saturday's 27-24 overtime win over the Vikings. Playing against his former team for the first time, Smith came through with his sixth multi-catch outing of the season, though his overall stat line offered little reason for excitement. Smith saw fewer snaps (17) than both Drew Sample (40) and Tanner Hudson (25), while Mitchell Wilcox (17) tied him. Hudson remains the most interesting tight end of the group for fantasy purposes, but the Bengals' commitment to a four-headed timeshare at the position suppresses the upside of each player.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Not targeted in win

    Smith failed to draw a single target in Sunday's 34-14 win over the Colts. Smith played just eight of the Bengals 60 offensive snaps Sunday, behind fellow tight ends Drew Sample (40), Mitchell Wilcox (22) and Tanner Hudson (14). The veteran's 12 percent snap share was his lowest of the season, and he was held without a target for the second straight week. Smith remains far off the fantasy radar as the Bengals are set to host the Vikings in Week 15.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Two grabs in loss

    Smith secured both of his targets for eight yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Steelers. Smith played just 16 offensive snaps Sunday, his lowest total of the season. The veteran tight end finds himself splitting snaps with Tanner Hudson, Drew Sample and Mitchell Wilcox, so his opportunities to produce on offense are limited. Hudson appears to have emerged as the preferred pass catcher of the bunch, as he earned 21 targets over the past four games. Smith can safely be left out of fantasy lineups when the Bengals visit the Jaguars in Week 13.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Shut out on only target

    Smith had just one target and zero catches in Thursday's loss to the Ravens. With Tanner Hudson taking on a bigger role, Smith's snap share was under 40 percent for the third consecutive week. The Bengals' tight end position is now a three-headed monster between Smith, Hudson and Drew Sample.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Quiet in loss

    Smith secured his only target for six yards in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Texans. Smith's underwhelming performance came on a day in which fellow tight end Tanner Hudson saw a season-high seven targets in the contest. The 25-year-old Smith has been a disappointment for much of the 2023 campaign, totaling just 14 receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown over seven games. In addition, the veteran is splitting tight end snaps relatively evenly with Hudson and Drew Sample. Smith should remain difficult to trust for fantasy purposes when the Bengals visit the Ravens on Thursday.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Loses fumble in win over Niners

    Smith had four catches for 25 yards in Sunday's over the Niners, but he lost a fumble just before halftime that cost the Bengals a chance to go up two scores. It was thought before the season that Smith could provide a reasonable facsimile of what Hayden Hurst did for the Bengals, but so far he's come up short of that. The four catches and the 25 yards were season highs for Smith.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Not targeted in win

    Smith failed to draw a single target in Sunday's 34-20 win over the Cardinals. Smith was a complete non-factor Sunday despite playing 61 percent of the Bengals' offensive snaps. The veteran tight end missed Weeks 3 and 4 due to a hamstring injury, and he wasn't a part of Cincinnati's game plan in his return while star wideout Ja'Marr Chase earned 19 targets in the contest. In the three games he's played this season, Smith has totaled just five catches for 27 yards.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Limited in return to practice

    Smith (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports. Smith made his first practice appearance since suffering the injury Week 2 and appears to have a shot to return for Sunday's game in Arizona. The Bengals used Tanner Hudson as their passing-down tight end the past two weeks, with Mitchell Wilcox and Drew Sample also getting bumps in playing time.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Remains sidelined Thursday

    Smith (hamstring) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Smith was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report, so the tight end's absence Thursday clouds his status for Sunday's game against the Titans. If Smith misses his second game in a row this weekend, Drew Sample and Mitchell Wilcox would once again be in line for added snaps as the Bengals' primary tight ends.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Listed as non-participant Wednesday

    Smith (hamstring) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports. Smith was inactive for the Bengals' Week 3 win over the Rams, and his listed non-participation to begin Week 4 prep clouds his status for Sunday's game against the Titans. If Smith remains out this weekend, Drew Sample and Mitchell Wilcox would once again absorb most of the snaps at tight end.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Inactive versus Rams

    Smith (hamstring) is inactive for Monday night's contest against the Rams. Smith was listed as doubtful for the game after logging limited practices Friday and Saturday, and he'll sit this one out, which should result in Drew Sample leading the Bengals' Week 3 TE corps, with Mitchell Wilcox and Tanner Hudson also on hand. Smith will target a potential return to action Sunday against the Titans.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Limited with hamstring injury

    Smith (hamstring) was limited in Friday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports. Smith is a Friday addition to the injury report, which is rarely a good sign. He at least has an extra day to get ready, as the Bengals host the Rams Monday night. A 2019 second-round pick of the Vikings, Smith has five catches for 27 yards over his first two games with the Bengals. He's not a recommended fantasy starter.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Another meager outing

    Smith was held to two catches for 10 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. Smith came close to having a third catch but was eventually ruled to be out of bounds on what would have been a pretty nice third-down conversion in the first half. Smith doesn't have the volume to trust right now, and certainly Joe Burrow's setback with his calf injury raises even more concerns.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Paltry Bengals debut

    Smith had three catches for 17 yards on five targets in Sunday's loss to the Browns. Smith dropped one ball on third down that, had he caught it, he might have converted into a first down. He also struggled with his blocking assignments, whiffing on the first play from scrimmage -- leading to the first of many occasions when Joe Burrow was under immediate pressure. The Bengals' passing game will have better days, but Smith could lose snaps to Drew Sample if he can't protect the team's $275 million quarterback.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: TEs to Sit

    I'm hopeful that Smith will succeed in Cincinnati after struggling through the past three injury-plagued seasons in Minnesota. But I need to see him perform at a high level first before starting him in the majority of leagues, especially in Week 1 at the Browns. While Cleveland was tough on tight ends last year, allowing the seventh-fewest PPR points to the position, Smith also has to contend with limited practice time with Joe Burrow, who is playing through a calf injury. I wouldn't be surprised if Smith is someone we're talking about starting down the road, but leave him on your bench in Week 1.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Contrarian DFS Play

    If you want to get even more contrarian than Njoku, look to the other sideline. The best time to play injury-prone players like Irv Smith is Week 1 when they are fully healthy. Hayden Hurst commanded five targets per game in this offense and Smith is a more dynamic athlete. Smith is just $3,600 on DraftKings, the cheapest of my top 15 tight ends.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Impressing coaches and teammates

    Smith has been quick to pick up the Bengals offense this spring and is already impressing coach Zac Taylor, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. "That's the most impressive thing about Irv is how quickly he's picked everything up and even taken on the nuances," Taylor said. Fellow tight end Drew Sample also had kind words this spring, suggesting that Smith runs smoother routes than former Bengals TEs Hayden Hurst and C.J. Uzomah. Smith split snaps with Kyle Rudolph his first two years in Minnesota and then missed 26 games the past two years, but a late breakout isn't out of the question with the 2019 second-round pick joining a top passing offense for his age-25 season. Sample is the only other tight end on the roster with more than 15 career receptions, and even he caught just 13 passes in 19 games the past two years. Smith may not get an every-down role but should be the team's top pass-catching TE.
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  • Bengals' Irv Smith: Slated to assume key role

    Coach Zac Taylor indicated Monday that he believes Smith can move into the pass-catching tight end role previously handled by Hayden Hurst, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. "Yeah, we think he can come in and play that role for us," Taylor noted of Smith. "There's always competition in that room, but that's the vision that we have for Irv to come in there and fill that role that Hayden had for us." Hurst is now with the Panthers after recording a 52-414-2 receiving line on 68 targets over 13 regular-season appearances in 2022, so Smith has an opportunity to absorb a good portion of the Bengals' vacated tight end targets, assuming he can stay on the field. Since playing all 16 games as a rookie in 2019, he missed contests in each of the past three years for the Vikings. During the 2022 campaign, an ankle issue limited the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder to eight games and 25 catches for 182 yards and two TDs on 36 targets. When healthy, Smith's athleticism and pass-catching ability should prove to be assets in an offense helmed by Joe Burrow and which also returns the quality wideout trio of Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd.
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