Evan Engram Injury Update Boosts Kaden Smith Fantasy Outlook for Week 12

Jason Schandl
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The New York Giants are shaping up to be seriously thin at tight end this week. Rhett Ellison (concussion) is not expected to play, and he's only been needed because Evan Engram has been on the shelf.

Engram is not practicing on Thursday, so he's likely to remain on the sidelines for this week's game against the Chicago Bears, meaning rookie Kaden Smith will be forced into the No. 1 TE role.

The Giants have featured the TE position heavily in their 2019 offense. Engram averaged 8.5 targets per game through Week 9, playing 80 percent of the offensive snaps. Ellison was knocked out early in Week 10, making it through 35 snaps and seeing three targets before Smith took over, ultimately seeing a 57 percent snap share.

Smith is a safe bet to play north of 80 percent of the Giants' offensive snaps this week, though receiving volume may be a bit harder to come by with Sterling Shepard looking set to return to action.

Unfortunately for Smith, his first NFL start comes in a tough matchup against a Chicago Bears team that ranks sixth against the pass, according to Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings.

Even accounting for both Engram and Ellison sitting out, Smith doesn't crack the top 12 at TE in our Week 12 PPR fantasy football rankings.

If you're in a deep league, however, and none of the top streaming TE options for Week 12 are available, simply being on the field for a ton of snaps can leave Smith offering a bit of value this week.

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