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S Harrison Smith - Minnesota Vikings

6-2, 213Born: 2-2-1989College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 1, pick 29

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At 6'2" and 214 pounds Smith is one of the biggest free safeties in the league. He can be a physical tackler but it is a knack for the big play which makes him so valuable to both the Vikings and fantasy owners. He has never totaled more than 73 solo stops in a season yet Smith has finished among the top five safeties twice in his four years as a pro. In 2014 he was the fantasy game's number one defensive back and has three top five finishes in points per game average. There are some things to think about when considering his fantasy value going forward. Smith has been plagued by injury and has missed eleven games over the past three seasons. In 2013 he was on pace for 92 tackles before losing the final eight games to injury. In 2015 he missed three games and most of a fourth. The other consideration is how much better the Vikings are in the front seven. Early in his career Minnesota's linebacker corps consisted of Chad Greenway and a collection of backup quality stop gaps. That meant a lot of opportunity for the safeties in run support. With the addition of Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr over the past two years, Smith was on pace for about 62 solo tackles before he was injured last season. There is also the addition of strong safety Michael Griffin who adds even more competition for tackle numbers. Smith is still one of the league's premier big play safeties and should continue to be an excellent starter for fantasy owners but his days as a top five stud may be over. (May 27)

FBG Staff Rankings

S Redraft - 3, 4, 5, 10
Overall Redraft - 23, 23
S Dynasty - 1, 1, 2
Overall Dynasty - 25, 13, 50

Stats and Projections

2013 MIN 8 46 10 0 0 1 2 3 0
2014 MIN 16 71 20 3 1 0 5 9 1
2015 MIN 13 49 17 1.5 1 0 2 3 1
2016 PROJ-Norton 16 67 * * * * * * *

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