Smith brought in all four targets for 54 yards in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Smith was poised for a potentially substantial boost in volume as Drew Brees' de facto No. 1 receiver Sunday, but the third-year wideout ultimately underwhelmed relative to expectations. He saw both Marquez Callaway (leg) and Deonte Harris contribute plenty through the air as well, leading to less of a target share than may have been expected. The silver lining for those who may have nabbed Smith off the wire this week is that he could have another chance at success Week 8 versus the Bears, considering Calloway exited Sunday's contest late, Emmanuel Sanders (illness) is slated to sit out one more game, and Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) also could be forced to miss the contest.
Smith should be a big part of the New Orleans passing game Sunday against the Panthers, as fellow wideouts Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (reserve/COVID-19) won't be able to play, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.
With Thomas out of the lineup for the past four games, Smith averaged 3.8 catches for 47.5 yards and 0.5 TDs on 5.0 targets. That's not exactly prolific, but Sanders saw 7.8 targets per game over the same stretch, accounting for 22 percent of the team total. Smith now finds himself in a good position to pile up targets, though RB Alvin Kamara and TE Jared Cook also figure to see plenty of work.
Smith reeled in two of three targets for eight yards Monday in the Saints' 30-27 overtime win over the Chargers.
With 13 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns over the previous three weeks, Smith had been the primary Saints receiver to step up in the absence of Michael Thomas (ankle). Thomas was out again Monday -- this time due to a disciplinary issue -- but rather than Smith, it was Emmanuel Sanders (12 catches for 122 yards on 14 targets) who took advantage. Assuming the Saints are comfortable activating Thomas following their Week 6 bye, both Smith and Sanders could see their opportunities diminish in the games to come.
Smith hauled in all four of his targets for 54 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 35-29 win over the Lions.
Smith caught touchdowns of two and 20 yards in the final 3:03 of the first half, as the Saints turned a 14-0 deficit into a 28-14 halftime lead. New Orleans' offense has gone more run-heavy with top wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) sidelined for the past three games, but Smith has emerged as quarterback Drew Brees' second-favorite target behind running back Alvin Kamara when the team turns to the air. If Thomas isn't ready to return in Week 5, Smith's prominent role will make him an appealing option against a Chargers defense that just surrendered five passing touchdowns to Tampa Bay.
Smith brought in four of six targets for 42 yards in the Saints' 37-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
For the second week in a row, Smith finished second in targets behind only Alvin Kamara, though it was Kamara and Emmanuel Sanders who were on the receiving end of Drew Brees' three touchdowns. Smith's deep-threat abilities have yet to make an appearance in 2020, as Brees has struggled to get the ball downfield. Despite his increase in targets while Michael Thomas (ankle) has been sidelined, Smith's value is capped by the Saints' highly conservative, if high-volume, pass attack.
Smith caught five of seven targets for 86 yards in Monday night's 34-24 loss to the Raiders.
Smith made a big impact on crossing routes, helping fill the void created by star teammate Michael Thomas' absence due to an ankle injury. In the end, only Alvin Kamara topped him in receptions, targets and yards, which marked necessary improvement on Smith's mere one catch for four yards in Week 1. In contrast, fellow wideout Emmanuel Sanders again struggled Monday, not making his lone grab of the game until the Saints' final drive. As long as Thomas is sidelined and Sanders is acclimating, it appears Smith's familiarity with quarterback Drew Brees should make him a more regular target, boosting his value.
Smith is expected to start at wide receiver Sunday against the Raiders and could help fill the target void left by the absence of Michael Thomas (ankle), Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
While Smith won't be a one-for-one replacement, he'll be one of several passing-game options the Saints are hoping will step up while Thomas -- who recorded an NFL-record 149 receptions in 2019 -- misses his first game in four years. Quarterback Drew Brees is expected to lean most heavily on Emmanuel Sanders, Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook to absorb some extra target volume, but Thomas' absence should also help tertiary pass catchers like Smith, Taysom Hill, Bennie Fowler, Deonte Harris, Ty Montgomery and Latavius Murray. Smith is still difficult to trust as anything more than a punt play at receiver in DFS contests.
Smith could be in for an expanded workload after Michael Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 1 against Tampa Bay.
As reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Thomas hasn't been ruled out for Week 2 against Las Vegas, but there's a chance he's forced to sit it out or is limited even if he does play. That would likely open things up for Smith, who saw just one reception for four yards on one target in Week 1.
Smith drew high praise from head coach Sean Payton in a recent press conference.
"He's an important part of what we're doing offensively," Payton said, while noting that Smith came into training camp in shape and ready to play. It's an encouraging sound bite, but Smith will need to make it happen on the field as he looks to improve on the 18-234-5 receiving line he posted in 2019.
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.
Smith caught both of his targets for 14 yards in the Saints' 26-18 win over the Falcons on Thursday.
As usual, Smith was a non-factor Thursday, seeing just two targets on the night. The game brings his season receiving line to 9/115/2, and Smith can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Smith brought in one of three targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 34-31 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Smith crossed the goal line for the first time since Week 1, though his touchdown grab was his only look from Drew Brees. Smith started the year on solid footing, but in four games played since Week 2, he's accounted for just 26 receiving yards and a touchdown on two receptions. He's seen a meager 11 targets through six games this season and doesn't belong on fantasy rosters outside the deepest of leagues.
Smith failed to bring in his lone target in the Saints' 34-17 blowout victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
It was a disappointing effort for Smith, despite playing one of the league's worst pass defenses. He's now totaled just one reception for 13 yards in his last three games played and is clearly an afterthought in the Saints' offensive gameplan. Smith still has the ability to get loose for a big play, but fantasy owners can't count on that most weeks.
Smith caught one of two targets for 13 receiving yards during Sunday's 26-9 loss to the Falcons.
In his return from a three-game, injury-induced absence, Smith's disappointing 2019 campaign continued as the Saints were held without a passing touchdown for the third time this season. If a second wide receiver has not emerged in the Saints' passing attack yet this season, one has to wonder if it will ever happen. Outside of Michael Thomas' performance, Sunday's showing was one of the weakest of the year for the New Orleans' receiving corps, as all other Saints wide receivers besides Thomas combined for two catches and 16 yards. Week 11 provides a glimpse of hope for either Smith or Ted Ginn Jr. to be viable as a bye-week fill in, with New Orleans going up against Tampa Bay's bottom-ranked pass defense.
Smith (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Smith didn't practice in any capacity leading up to New Orleans' bye week, but he now appears back to full health. After a promising rookie season, Smith has had an injury-plagued 2019 campaign, appearing in just three contests while hauling in all five of his targets for 75 yards and one touchdown. The second-year pro will look to get on track against the Falcons' struggling defense in Week 10.
Smith (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
A non-participant throughout the week of practice, Smith will be inactive for the fifth time this season, leaving Austin Carr as the No. 3 receiver behind Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn. The Saints have a Week 9 bye coming up.
|1||Sun 09/13||vs TB||W 34-23||1||4||4||0|
|2||Mon 09/21||@ LV||L 24-34||5||86||29||0|
|3||Sun 09/27||vs GB||L 30-37||4||42||19||0|
|4||Sun 10/04||@ DET||W 35-29||4||54||20||2|
|Career Receiving Stats|
|Career Rushing Stats|