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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: WHY TRE'QUAN SMITH IS A MUST ADD

Anquan Boldin rookie year anyone?  Veterans of fantasy football have nothing but fond memories of when the Arizona Cardinals used a second-round pick on Boldin out of Florida State and then amid little-to-expectations, saw him go out and engineer one of the best rookie performances ever from a receiver as he caught 101 balls for 1,377 yards and 8 scores.  Boldin would go on to have a very underrated career overall but his first-year performance went down in the annals as one of the biggest fantasy football surprises we have seen in a while.  Enter into the subject of this particular post and then come around to thinking that it is entirely possible we see the same type of out-of-the-blue performance from New Orleans rookie wideout Tre'Quan Smith.  Originally a third-round pick of the team this past April, Smith has been the talk of Saints camp as he has caught everything throws his way and is showcasing freakish athletic ability that includes 4.4 speed and impressive 6-2 size.  Another Florida product just like Boldin as Smith is from UCF; the planets seem to be aligning here for the latter to be an instant impact player in fantasy football. 

For one thing, free agent signee Cam Meredith has been nothing but a colossal bust so far for the Saints.  Having continually struggled with injuries this summer, Meredith is also struggling to gain separation from defenders which is often death in terms of a receiver as we saw a year ago with Dez Bryant.  Meredith is coming off a very serious torn ACL in his knee and he seems to have lost a step or two.  Then there is aging Ted Ginn who is still somewhat productive but a massive drip in production would be no shock given his age.  It also would not take a lot for Ginn to be passed on the depth chart either.  So as you can see, Smith has a wide open path to a lofty status in the always potent New Orleans offense.  While the team is running more than ever before, Drew Brees is still slinging it all over the field and Mark Ingram will be suspended the first four games.  As a result, Smith should be picked up in all leagues right now and WR 3 value right out of the gate seems attainable. 


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