Irv Smith Jr., TE, Minnesota Vikings

If not for a thumb injury early in training camp, Smith would have been drafted in a large swath of fantasy leagues. His breakout slated for last season never came due to a season-ending knee injury in a preseason game, but massive potential remains until further notice.

Smith is tentatively expected to play in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. How much he’ll play or how effective he’ll be are the questions, but adding him to a fantasy roster heading into Week 1 is not necessarily about confidently starting him Week 1.

If Smith is healthy and gets enough looks from Kirk Cousins, he has the potential to be a top 10-12 fantasy tight end this year. At minimum, he’ll be on the streaming radar a lot of the time. With how quickly the tight end position dries up, the potential here is well worth a waiver wire add/stash in 12 and 14-team leagues.

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