Player Outlook
Smith flopped in his first season in New England in 2021, and we'll see if he can improve this year. He's not worth drafting in most Fantasy leagues. Last season, Smith averaged just 4.2 PPR points per game, which was his worst year since his rookie campaign in 2017. He's hoping for better production this season, but that could be tough after New England added DeVante Parker and Tyquan Thornton to its receiving corps. The Patriots also have Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor and Hunter Henry, and this is still expected to be a run-heavy team. If Smith does step forward and emerge as a consistent target for Mac Jones then add him off waivers, but Smith has to prove himself to Fantasy managers first after his bust campaign in 2021.

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2022
2021 28 294 10.50 1 40 4.44 392.4
2020 41 448 10.93 8 4 2.00 986.5
3y Avg. 35 394 11.26 4 41 8.20 674.2
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Fantasy News

  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Taking different offseason approach

    Smith is in line to be a full participant in the Patriots' voluntary organized team activities in advance of the 2022 season, NESN's Zack Cox reports. That wasn't the case last year, per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, as Smith awaited the birth of his daughter, while also factoring in COVID considerations. In his first season with the Patriots after signing a four-year, $50 million deal last March, Smith finished with 28 catches (on 45 targets) for 294 yards and a touchdown to go along with nine carries for 40 yards over 16 games, while operating in a time-share that tilted in Hunter Henry's favor. Cox suggests that with the team seemingly moving away from employing a traditional fullback in 2022, Smith could see added opportunities with a potential uptick in two-tight end sets, as well as the possibility that he could take on a share of fullback/H-back duties, with Jakob Johnson no longer in the mix. In that context, Smith could gain added fantasy relevance, but as long as he and Henry share snaps, consistent volume could remain an issue for the 2017 third-rounder.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Logs 28 regular-season catches

    Smith finished the 2021 regular season with 28 catches (on 45 targets) for 294 yards and a touchdown to go along with nine carries for 40 yards over 16 games. Smith, who agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Patriots this past March, worked in tandem with fellow free-agent addition Hunter Henry, who inked a three-year, $37.5 million pact. The resulting timeshare tilted in Henry's favor -- he logged a 50-603-9 receiving line -- while Smith's output as a receiver in his first campaign with New England was modest. While an uptick in production is a plausible outcome for Smith in 2022, so long as he and Henry share snaps, the former may continue to see inconsistent volume.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Logs 25 snaps in Week 18

    Smith was on the field for 25 of a possible 62 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Smith wasn't targeted in the contest and logged one carry for five yards Sunday. He finishes up the 2021 regular season with 28 catches (on 45 targets) for 294 yards and a TD to go along with nine carries for 40 yards in 16 games. While working in a tight end timeshare that has seen Hunter Henry more involved as a pass catcher, Smith remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option heading into Saturday's playoff opener against the Bills.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Catches one pass in Week 17

    Smith was on the field for 42 of a possible 72 snaps on offense in Sunday's 50-10 win over the Jaguars, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Despite seeing more snaps (42) in Week 17 than fellow tight end Hunter Henry (39 snaps, three catches on five targets for 37 yards), Smith was limited to one catch on his only target for 20 yards and one carry for five yards. As long as he operates in a game-flow dependent timeshare, Smith will remain a hit-or-miss fantasy option.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Records 21 snaps in Week 16

    Smith logged 21 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-21 loss to the Bills, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. In the process, Smith was not targeted in the contest. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Hunter Henry saw action on 55 snaps and caught one of his six targets for nine yards. While working in a game-flow dependent timeshare, Smith remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option down the stretch.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: One catch in Week 15

    Smith caught just one of his three targets for three yards in Saturday's 27-17 loss to Indianapolis. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Smith logged 17 of a possible 68 snaps in the contest, while fellow tight end Hunter Henry was on the field for 55 snaps, en route to catching six of his eight targets for 77 yards and two TDs. Back-to-back one-catch efforts doesn't inspire much confidence in Smith as a Week 16 fantasy option, but if the Patriots' wideout depth is compromised this weekend -- which is possible -- the team may need to focus more attention on its tight end duo versus Buffalo on Sunday.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Just one catch vs. Bills

    Smith secured his only target for 12 yards during Monday's 14-10 win over Buffalo. Smith also had one carry for minus one yards. Harsh weather and a run-first game plan that asked Mac Jones to attempt just three passes limited all New England pass catches, but after a Week 14 bye, the team stands to deploy a more traditional offense on the road against Indianapolis.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Catches three passes versus Titans

    Smith, who was on the field for 34 of a possible 60 snaps in Sunday's 36-13 win over the Titans, caught three of his four targets for 49 yards and ran once for nine yards in the contest, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Hunter Henry saw action on 41 snaps and caught two of his five targets for 16 yards. In each of his three previous games, Smith recorded two targets, but he was a little more involved in Sunday's game plan, while facing his former team. He continues to profile as a marginal fantasy option in Week 13 fantasy lineups, while working in a timeshare with Henry.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Set to face Titans

    Smith (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Titans. The same applies to fellow tight end Hunter Henry (neck). While operating in a timeshare with Henry, Smith has caught 22 of his 36 targets for 210 yards and a TD through 10 games. As long as Henry (33-378-7 in 11 games) is available, Smith will remain a hit-or-miss fantasy option on a weekly basis.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Looking good for Week 12

    Smith (shoulder) remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, but the Patriots are expected to make him active for the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Smith is one four New England skill-position players listed as questionable for Week 12, but he, fellow tight end Hunter Henry (neck) and running backs Damien Harris (neck) and Rhamondre Stevenson (knee) are all likely to be available. When both tight ends have played this season, Smith has typically played second fiddle to Henry both in terms of snaps and involvement in the passing attack. Through 10 outings, Smith has tallied 22 receptions for 210 yards and one touchdown across 36 targets.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Questionable for Week 12

    Smith (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans after practicing in a limited fashion this week. As is fellow tight end Hunter Henry (neck), with the Patriots having listed a total of 10 players as questionable for the contest. Fortunately, the duo's Week 12 status will be solidified prior to the first wave of games Sunday, with New England and Tennessee kicking off at 1:00 p.m. ET. While working in a timeshare with Henry, Smith has logged a 22-210-1 stat line through 10 outings. In that context, he profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option when both are in uniform.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Limited practice session Wednesday

    Smith (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday. Smith continues to manage a shoulder issue, but he's expected to suit up Sunday against the Titans and continue to work in a timeshare at tight end with Hunter Henry (neck), who was also listed as a limited participant Wednesday. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Smith has logged a 47.8-percent share of the Patriots' offensive snaps thus far, which has translated to marginal fantasy numbers -- 22 catches (on 36 targets) for 210 yards and a touchdown -- through 10 games.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Logs 33 snaps in Week 11

    Smith was on the field for 33 of a possible 64 snaps in Thursday's 25-0 win over the Falcons, en route to catching one of his two targets for 17 yards, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Hunter Henry parlayed his 32 snaps into two catches on three targets for 25 yards. As long as he continues to split work with Henry, Smith -- who has logged two targets in each of his last three games -- remains a risky fantasy option.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Suits up Thursday

    Smith (shoulder) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. The tight end is out there if you need him Thursday after a one-game absence, but his fantasy ceiling is capped while working in a timeshare with Hunter Henry. It's an arrangement that has resulted in Smith averaging 2.3 catches for 21.4 yards on 3.8 targets per game, while scoring one TD through nine contests.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Questionable, traveling to Atlanta

    Smith (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game in Atlanta and is traveling with the team, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Smith has battled the shoulder injury for almost a month now, but he didn't miss a game until sitting out Sunday's blowout win over the Browns. No. 1 tight end Hunter Henry caught two touchdowns passes in the contest and played 94 percent of offensive snaps before the fourth quarter, but he'll likely lose some work if Smith makes it back Thursday. Smith has scored just once in nine games this season averaging 2.3 catches for 21.4 yards on 3.8 targets per contest.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Another limited practice

    Smith (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday. Smith's practice reps have been capped since picking up a shoulder injury in Week 9 at Carolina. Despite getting on the field in every session of Week 10 prep, he was inactive this past Sunday against the Browns. It's unclear if he's facing a similar fate for Thursday's game In Atlanta, but if Smith is unable to play, Hunter Henry will take on even more responsibility at tight end for the Patriots.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Listed as limited on practice estimate

    Smith (shoulder) was listed as a limited on Monday's practice estimate. Though Smith was able to practice in a limited fashion last week, he was inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns. With that in mind, we'd expect him to approach this Thursday night's game against the Falcons listed as questionable, and if he remains out Week 11, Hunter Henry would be in line to continue to head the Patriots' tight end corps, with Devin Asiasi and Matt LaCosse in reserve.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Won't play Sunday

    Smith (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns. With Smith inactive Sunday, look for Hunter Henry to see added snaps and looks versus the Browns, while Devin Asiasi and Matt LaCosse are on hand to handle the team's complementary tight end duties in Week 10.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Listed as questionable for Week 10

    Smith (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Browns after practicing in a limited fashion this past week. Smith has been managing a shoulder issue of late, but we'd still expect him to be available for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. That said, the tight end remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option while continuing to work in a timeshare with Hunter Henry.
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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Limited at practice Wednesday

    Smith (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday. Smith was forced out of this past Sunday's win over the Panthers after playing 28 snaps and one catch on two targets for four yards. The fact that he practiced Wednesday in some capacity bodes well for his chances of suiting up this weekend against the Browns. If he does, Smith will continue to work in a timeshare with fellow tight end Hunter Henry.
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