WR Tre'Quan Smith - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 200||Born: 1-7-1996||College: UCF||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2018|
Week 15: vs Indianapolis Colts - $3300
FBG says: Good matchup. Drew Brees accounted for six touchdowns (5 passing, 1 rushing) and 349 passing yards in last week's loss to the 49ers. While last week was certainly his best performance of the season, it was not at all out of the ordinary for Breesas he has had huge weeks throughout his 19-year career and has actually passed for three touchdowns in four of his last seven games since returning from injury in Week 8. A big part of his success this season has to be attributed to having the best wide receiver in football, Michael Thomas. Now garnering MVP buzz, Thomas handily leads the league in both receptions (121) and receiving yards (1,424) while also averaging a league-leading 11.4 targets per game. Thomas has now exceeded 100 receiving yards in seven of his last nine games with double-digit receptions in five of those outings. Beyond Thomas, tight end Jared Cook has been a reliable contributor through the air with over 60 yards in three straight games and three touchdowns over that span. Cook exited last week's game early with a concussion though, so his status may be in question for this Monday night game. The Colts defense has certainly shown some signs of weakness lately as they have allowed season-highs in total points (31 and 36) in back-to-back weeks. Their secondary is relatively absent of individual playmakers, yet they had been playing very well as an overall unit for most of the season--holding opposing quarterbacks to the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game through the first 10 weeks of the season. Their last four games have been a different story, however, as the Colts have given up multiple passing touchdowns in all four games, an average of 313 passing yards per game, and have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. After coughing up over 450 yards and four touchdowns to Tampa Bay last week, this defense is firmly trending in the wrong direction. Cornerback Pierre Desir stands no chance against Michael Thomas, while even the likes of Ted Ginn and tight end Jared Cook (if he plays) should all have favorable matchups. The Colts have had some success in rushing opposing passers with top edge rusher Justin Houston, but they should be outmatched this week against the top-tier Saints offensive line that has given up the fourth-fewest sacks (21) in football. All in all, the Saints passing offense should have ample opportunities to continue putting up big numbers through the air this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Tre'Quan Smith's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs SF (4 / 2 / 29 / 1 rec - 10.9 points, $3200)
The Saints still do not have a true #3 receiver in this offense, but Smith has been trying to fill that role. He caught 2 of his 4 targets for 29 yards this week and an important go-ahead touchdown late in the 4th quarter. He was also targeted on the ensuing 2-point conversion play, but the pass was broken up. Smith's touchdown grab went for 18 yards but was a catch that should have been stopped much shorter. He caught a 5-yard drag route across the middle and broke one tackle before spinning out of another poor attempt and extending the ball into the end zone. The 49ers defense did not tackle very well this week and Smith benefitted from that greatly.
2019 Week 12 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec - 8.3 points, $3400)
The Saints continue to lack a true third option at receiver, but Smith is doing his best to take that role. He opened things up with a 13-yard touchdown catch from Brees in the first half that was entirely due to play design and poor defense. The Saints were in a power formation with Smith lined up more like a tight end than anything else. The play action fake got the linebacker to jump up into the play and Smith was able to leak out into the end zone for an easy 13-yard score. There was no help to the outside with everyone in the building thinking it was going to be a power run up the middle. Smith was the target of a deep shot by Brees late in the second half, but the ball was intercepted. He still does not have a huge role in the offense, but someone has to step up outside of Michael Thomas for the Saints.
2019 Week 10 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec - 2.3 points, $3200)
It was not the welcome back that Smith was expecting this week. He caught 1 of his 2 targets for 13 yards and was rudely greeted with a helmet to the mouth. Smith reported that his entire mouth filled up with blood after the hit. The Saints have lacked a true third receiver this season and welcome him back with open arms. Hopefully this week is a blip on the radar and Smith becomes more involved in the offense going forward.
2019 Week 2 vs LAR (3 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec - 7.9 points, $3700)
With Ginn going without a catch or target this week, Smith got a chance to show he belongs. He caught all 3 of his targets and was the second leading receiver behind Thomas. He had the longest play of the day for the Saints with a 28-yard reception and had just under 50 yards for the day. The bulk of the targets went to Thomas and Cook this week with Thomas in a 3-way tie for 3rd most on the team. Bridgewater could build off of the success with Smith this week heading into their matchup with Seattle making him a sneaky value next week, but the Saints offense is impossible to predict outside of Thomas and Kamara each week.
2019 Week 1 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec - 10.6 points, $3900)
It was a rather quiet day for Smith until the first play of the 4th quarter when he hauled in a 14-yard pass from Brees for a touchdown. Smith ran a crossing route into the middle of the end zone and then appeared to stop when it looked like the play was breaking down. As the pocket collapsed, Brees rolled to his right and Smith darted into an open void in the end zone. Brees let loss a low pass that only Smith could get to with a sliding catch for the score. There is a lot of competition for targets in this offense with Ginn, Thomas, and Kamara seeing the bulk share, but Smith should be good for a few big plays the rest of the year.
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