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News: 10 hours agoSmith logged 17 of a possible 54 snaps on offense in Thursday's 24-10 loss to the Bills en route to catching both of his targets for six yards, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Spin: Smith, who was out-snapped by fellow tight end Hunter Henry (47 to 17) Thursday, is averaging two catches for 18.2 yards through 11 games thus far. Given that he hasn't scored a TD in that span while working in a time-share with Henry, Smith heads into the Patriots' stretch run with modest fantasy upside.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Smith signed a four-year, $50 million contract with New England last offseason, but the hefty payday didn't translate to much production. Smith handled at least five targets in each of the first four games, but was then demoted to 7.1 routes and 2.0 targets per game the rest of the season. Smith is strictly a short-area target (career 5.6 aDOT) who does a nice job with the ball in his hands (his career 7.3 RAC is second best at TE since he was drafted), but aside of an outlier 2020 season in which he caught eight TDs, he simply hasn't been a factor near the goal line (nine TDs in his other four NFL seasons). Hunter Henry is the top TE in New England and, even if Smith plays more this season, consistent fantasy production from the 27-year-old is a long shot.