Smith failed to bring in his only target in the Saints' 26-20 overtime wild-card loss to the Vikings on Sunday. The boom-or-bust wideout busted in a big way in Sunday's loss, drawing only one target and ending with a goose egg in the receiving column. In his second year with New Orleans, Smith scored five times, matching that total from his rookie campaign. Despite the touchdowns, Smith failed to surpass 20 yards receiving six times in the regular season, including two games in which he was held without a catch. Smith played in just 11 games in 2019, and he'll look to get healthy and take the next step forward in his third year.
Smith caught all five of his targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Smith ends the regular season with his highest receiving output of the 2019 campaign. In the final eight games of the season, Smith produced 13 receptions for 159 receiving yards and four touchdowns, including three scores in the final four weeks. Despite the lowly production on the year, Smith has developed into a trusted red-zone option for Drew Brees.
Smith brought in one of two targets for 13 yards in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Titans on Sunday. Smith snapped his scoring streak at two games, failing to cross the end zone in Sunday's win. Though he produced touchdowns in three of his last four games, Smith's hot streak was bound to subside given his low target volume and output. The second-year man out of UCF has only accounted for one game of more than 30 receiving yards in 2019, giving him a rock-bottom basement.
Smith caught his only target for a 21-yard touchdown in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday. Smith scored his third touchdown in four games and has now crossed the goal line in back-to-back contests. Apparently fully recovered from an ankle injury that cost him five games earlier in the season, he's become a viable scoring option for Drew Brees in the receiving game late in the year. Despite the scores, Smith has totaled just six receptions for 77 yards on 10 targets in his last four games, making him difficult to trust for fantasy purposes.
Smith caught two of four targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. He caught his second touchdown in three weeks, though he was only targeted four times on a day Drew Brees tossed 40 passes. Smith looked like he was going to be the hero of an intense shootout, crossing the goal line with just over 50 seconds remaining in the contest to put New Orleans up 46-45. Instead, the Niners marched down the field and kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired, spoiling New Orleans' comeback. Smith's arrow has been trending up over the last several weeks, but he's extremely difficult to trust on a weekly basis, especially in the fantasy playoffs.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|2||09/22||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|3||09/28||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|5||10/13||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|9||11/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|10||11/15||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|15||12/20||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|3 Year Avg||34||23||330||5||20||14.35||63|