Tre'Quan Smith Injury Update Clouds Fantasy Outlook Ahead of Week 1

Isaiah De Los Santos
The latest injury update on New Orleans Saints wideout Tre'Quan Smith clouds his fantasy outlook ahead of Week 1.
The latest injury update on New Orleans Saints wideout Tre'Quan Smith clouds his fantasy outlook ahead of Week 1. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith is in position for a heightened workload as WR2 behind Michael Thomas this season. And with Thomas' recent surgery, Smith will likely be the Saints' No. 1 wideout to start the year.

But now Smith has also been bit by the injury bug in training camp, clouding his current fantasy outlook.

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Smith hasn't returned to the field since exiting Tuesday's practice early with an apparent leg injury, which prompts some questions about his availability for Week 1.

The former third-round pick had a solid 2020, seeing the fifth-most targets on the team (50) and turning them into 34 receptions, 448 yards and 4 TDs. His current injury isn't expected to be serious, but it's certainly enough to worry fantasy managers hoping for a breakout year.

Emmanuel Sanders leaves behind 82 targets following his departure, and Smith is in prime position to absorb his share of those looks. With Thomas out for months and Deonte Harris likely facing a suspension (DUI) to begin the year, Smith is also scheduled for heavy usage in the early part of the season if he's healthy.

The Saints' current unknown at QB does put Smith's production in jeopardy, but as WR69, according to FantasyPros' Average Draft Position data, he could still be a steal for managers to target in later rounds.

Second-year wideout Marquez Callaway is also a draft-and-stash candidate managers should monitor if this injury does turn into anything serious, as that could give him the chance to enter the starting lineup in Week 1.

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