It’s that time of year once again! Football Absurdity will bring you a breakdown of every notable fantasy football-relevant player throughout June, July, and August. We’ve run through 20 quarterbacks, 40 running backs, and 50 wide receivers! Let’s turn our attention to the position some hate so much they want to ditch it entirely. That’s right, it’s time for the tight end fantasy football previews! Today, we take a look at an exceptional athlete at the position who switched teams this season. No, it isn’t Dan Arnold; it’s the 2021 Jonnu Smith player profile!
Jonnu Smith ADP & AAV:
Average Draft Position (HPPR): TE14, Pick 134
Average Auction Value: $1.0 (T-TE19)
Jonnu Smith Statistics:
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2021 Jonnu Smith Fantasy Football Overview:
Jonnu Smith really feels like he is on the verge of doing a reverse Delanie Walker; leaving Tennessee and getting a production boost out of it. Smith toiled behind Delanie Walker, then A.J. Brown, for several years before becoming a free agent. He finished last year as a top-10 tight end in HPPR points per game. He ended the year with nine touchdowns, tying him with Darren Waller for third in scores. That’s why he was able to pull Jimmy Graham-level targets and yards into top-ten production: he scored a lot.
That could… or couldn’t be a problem for Jonnu Smith in New England. After all, Jonnu had just 65 targets last year (17th at tight end). If the targets go up for Jonnu, so will the yards and catches; it will make him less touchdown reliant.
All of that is the big question mark with Jonnu: It’s mostly projection, proration, and highlight catches that made us codify the question “what is a butt cheek?” But, that doesn’t mean that you should shy away from him on draft day.
2021 Jonnu Smith Draft Strategy:
A buck? For Jonnu Smith? Or a non-starting tight end? Absolutely. Please do that. He’s a part of the tight end blob, but he’s the part of the Tight End Blob where you should put your sticky little fingers to make sure you get great value. I want to be clear about The Blob, I don’t hate The Blob. The Blob is merely a fact of life, and there’s value to be had inside of The Blob. In fact, that’s why it exists: to demonstrate that there’s no point in taking 2021 Bob Tonyan and Logan Thomas (because the 2020 editions of these guys happened).
Jonnu Smith is exactly the type of player you pull out of The Blob, give a quick clean and a shine, and put into your lineup. He has a lot of question marks, but none of them are his talent level. He’s on a new team, who went out and got him in free agency. The Patriots may or may not use the tight end as much as we want, and the Patriots may or may not choose Hunter Henry as their tight end of choice, but those are both things we should know right away. That makes him the ideal blob draftee. If you want Jonnu Smith, feel free. I’m snatching him up as my Smith of Choice inside The Blob. if he goes before I want to take him, I don’t stress. I just pivot to Adam Trautman.
And that is the beauty of The Blob.
Best Case Scenario:
He’s a mix of Logan Thomas and Robert Tonyan from last year. Jonnu gets consistent targets and touchdowns and ends up inside the top-five at the position (due to lots of TDs).
Worst Case Scenario:
Bill Belichick runs a Cam Newton-Damien Harris-Sony Michel-Rhamondre Stevenson-Hunter Henry-James White offense as his base set.
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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]
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