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Jan 7, 2024 3 29 15 1 8
Dec 31, 2023 0 0 0 0
Dec 24, 2023 4 32 15 0 3
Dec 17, 2023 2 61 56 0 6
Dec 10, 2023 4 27 9 0 2
Player Outlook
Smith is headed to Atlanta this season where he's expected to be the No. 2 tight end behind Kyle Pitts, and he has minimal Fantasy value in that role and is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues. The good news for Smith is he might play a traditional tight end role compared to Pitts, who is more of a receiving threat. That could allow Smith to become a prime target for Desmond Ridder, and the Falcons don't have a deep receiving corps behind Pitts and Drake London. Smith is also being reunited with Arthur Smith, who was the offensive coordinator in Tennessee when Jonnu had some of his best seasons, including 2020 when he averaged 9.3 PPR points per game. But in two years with the Patriots, Jonnu Smith underperformed with 55 catches for 539 yards and one touchdown on 83 targets. Keep an eye on his progress, and if he starts off the season playing well then add him off the waiver wire.

Fantasy Stats

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2023 50 582 11.64 3 0.00 684
2022 27 245 9.07 5 5.00 221.6
2021 28 294 10.50 1 40 4.44 291.8
3y Avg. 32 329 10.28 3 16 4.00 422.8
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Fantasy News

  • Jonnu Smith: Parting ways with Falcons

    The Falcons will release Smith, Terrin Waack of the team's official site reports. Per the report, the move, which had been expected, will save the Falcons $6.5 million towards their salary cap. In his lone campaign with Atlanta, the 28-year-old hauled in 50 of his 70 targets for a career-high 582 yards and three TDs in 17 games, while logging action on 58 percent of the team's offensive snaps in 2023. In the wake of Smith's looming departure, Kyle Pitts remains atop the Falcons' tight end depth chart, with John FitzPatrick and Tucker Fisk also under contract for the 2024 season.
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  • Jonnu Smith: Being cut by Falcons

    Smith is expected to be released by Atlanta, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Smith performed adequately for the Falcons in his debut season with the team, as in 2023 he secured 50 of 70 targets for 582 yards and three touchdowns across 17 regular-season appearances. Nonetheless, entering his age-29 season, Smith carried a non-guaranteed salary of $6.5 million, with just $2.5 million in dead money, making his release a relatively easy decision. Though Smith was the Falcons' fourth-leading receiver in 2023, that came in part due to former head coach Arthur Smith's tight-end heavy deployment, something that seems likely to change under new offensive coordinator Zac Robinson. Kyle Pitts now looks primed to enter the 2024 campaign as the clear top option leading Atlanta's TE depth chart.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: May be cut for cap space

    Smith may be released this offseason, according to Josh Kendall of The Athletic. The Falcons traded for Smith last offseason and then put him in a role that allowed for career highs in targets (70), catches (50) and receiving yards (582), with the TE producing more yards than he had in two seasons combined (2021-22) for New England. His future nonetheless appears uncertain, as Smith will turn 29 in August and has a non-guaranteed $6.5 million base salary for the final year of his contract. The Falcons still have Kyle Pitts under contract and just hired an offensive coordinator in Zac Robinson whose only prior NFL coaching experience was a five-year stint with a Rams team that regularly led the league in use of three-wide formations. The Falcons likely would try to trade Smith before releasing him, and another option would be a contract extension that lowers his 2024 cap hit.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Makes splash in 2023

    Smith finished the 2023 season with 50 receptions on 70 targets for 582 yards and three touchdowns across 17 appearances. After recording a career-high eight touchdowns with the Titans in 2020, Smith landed a four-year deal from the Patriots. However, he struggled to replicate his production during two seasons in New England and was traded to Atlanta last offseason. Top tight end Kyle Pitts was healthy for the entire campaign, but Smith was still able to generate fantasy-relevant production on numerous occasions in 2023. Both tight ends will be in the final year of their respective contracts in 2024, and while Pitts has the higher upside, it's unclear how the Falcons' new regime will opt to utilize the duo.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Garners six targets in win

    Smith caught four of six targets for 32 yards during Sunday's 29-10 win over the Colts. Smith saw at least six targets for the seventh time this season. However, it was just the third time he's reached that mark over Atlanta's last 10 games. Smith should be on radars in PPR standard leagues, but he's likely a touchdown-dependent option for the remainder of the season.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Leads team in receiving yards

    Smith caught both of his targets for 61 yards during Sunday's 9-7 loss to Carolina. Smith was fifth on the team in targets but led Atlanta in receiving thanks to a 56-yard gain in the second quarter, setting up the only touchdown of the game. The veteran tight end played just 17 snaps compared to Kyle Pitts' 34, so despite the big play, Smith's fantasy value remains limited. Since posting a 5-100-1 line against the Vikings in Week 9, Smith has caught just nine of 15 targets for 99 yards over his last five appearances and hasn't scored during that stretch.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Draws seven targets

    Smith caught four of seven targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 29-25 loss to the Buccaneers. Smith's seven targets Sunday were his most since Week 5, but the tight end was unable to turn those opportunities into much production. The veteran played 69 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps, while fellow tight end Kyle Pitts saw an 85 percent snap share. Smith's inconsistent production and often limited opportunities make him an untrustworthy option for fantasy in most formats. The 28-year-old should continue to face an uphill battle for meaningful touches when the Falcons visit the Panthers in Week 15.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Catches two passes

    Smith caught two of three targets for 10 yards during Sunday's 13-8 win over the Jets. Smith caught multiple receptions for the first time since Week 9, when he posted a 5-100-1 line in a loss to the Vikings. From Weeks 2 through 9, the veteran tight end caught 34 passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns, but since then, he's caught just three of six targets for 11 yards. Smith isn't trending in the right direction and should only be rostered in deeper leagues.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Non-factor in win

    Smith didn't register a target during Sunday's 24-15 win over the Saints. From Weeks 2 through 9, Smith caught 34 of 42 targets for 422 yards and two touchdowns, including a 5-100-1 receiving line during a Week 9 loss to Minnesota. However, in his last two appearances, the veteran tight end has caught just one of three targets for one yard. He played a season-low 22 offensive snaps versus New Orleans, but there was no injury reported, suggesting he's simply falling down the pecking order. Given his early-season success, fantasy managers shouldn't give up on Smith yet, but he's not trending in the right direction.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Week 12 Waiver Priority List

    Smith will hopefully benefit with Desmond Ridder back under center for the Falcons, and Smith scored at least 8.7 PPR points in five of his first seven games this year with Ridder. Smith is far from a must-start Fantasy option, especially sharing the field with Drake London, Kyle Pitts and Bijan Robinson, but hopefully the rapport with Ridder helps Smith get back to being productive once again. He's worth adding for one percent of your FAB.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Falls flat in loss

    Smith caught one of two targets for one yard during Sunday's 25-23 loss to Arizona. Smith has been one of the biggest fantasy surprises this year, outproducing fellow tight end Kyle Pitts nearly every week. However, the veteran fell flat versus Arizona after posting a season-high 100 receiving yards versus Minnesota last week. Smith wasn't the only Falcons' pass catcher who struggled Sunday, though. Taylor Heinicke (hamstring) and Desmond Ridder combined to throw for less than 100 yards, as Atlanta leaned heavily on the run game. Smith has value in PPR leagues, but it's difficult to trust any Falcons' skill players for fantasy purposes this year.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Week 10 Streamers (TE Preview)

    Smith has outscored Pitts by 9.7 Fantasy points on the season. While I would still start Pitts over Smith, they are both borderline top-12 options.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Week 10 Waiver Priority List

    Smith made a huge play in Week 9 against Minnesota with a 60-yard touchdown catch that helped him finish with five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown on six targets. You can see what happens if you remove that play, and he's scored 5.7 PPR points or less in each of his two prior games to Week 9. But he's still outplayed Kyle Pitts all season, and it's hard to ignore his role in Atlanta's offense. I don't mind starting Smith in deeper leagues in Week 10 at Arizona, and he's worth adding for up to 5 percent of your FAB.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Scores on impressive play

    Smith recorded five receptions on six targets for 100 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Vikings. He rushed the ball once for zero yards. Smith appeared to be getting phased out of the Atlanta offense, as he entered Sunday's contest with only four targets combined across his previous two games. However, he turned in an impressive performance, highlighted by a 60-yard touchdown that came entirely on yards after the catch halfway through the third quarter. Smith's performance will likely remain uneven, but he has now topped 60 yards with at least five receptions in three of his last six contests.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Week 10 Early Waiver Targets (Add/Drop)

    With Drake London out, it was Smith, not Kyle Pitts, who stepped up for the Falcons. Smith didn't exactly get force fed targets, but you have to like what he showed Sunday, turning a screen into a 60-yard touchdown, the kind of play we've seen from him in the past. The Falcons also made a point of trying to take advantage of Smith's skills with the ball in his hands, scheming up a couple of touches on consecutive plays near the goal line. Absent the long catch-and-run, it wouldn't have been a great game for Smith, but he's capable of making plays like that, and he now has double-digit PPR points in six of nine games this season. The TE position seems stronger than it's been in a while right now, and Smith is part of that as a low-end TE1.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Week 9 Streamers (TE Preview)

    It seems like a lot of people dropped Smith and I get it after his last two weeks. But Drake London missed practice on Wednesday with a groin injury. If London is unable to go this week, then Smith could be second or third in line for targets this week against the Vikings.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: TEs to Sit

    Taylor Heinicke is starting at quarterback for the Falcons in Week 9 against Minnesota, and we'll see if that helps or hurts Smith moving forward. The past two games against Tampa Bay and Tennessee, Smith has been a non-factor with a combined four catches for 40 yards on four targets. Prior to that, Smith scored at least 8.7 PPR points in five games in a row, including three outings with at least 10.7 PPR points. The Vikings have struggled with Travis Kelce and George Kittle this season, but otherwise have limited the production of most tight ends. I'm OK with Kyle Pitts as a low-end starter this week, but I would shy away from starting Smith if you can.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Secures one reception

    Smith caught his only target for 13 yards and failed to complete his lone pass attempt during Sunday's 28-23 loss to the Titans. Smith (48 offensive snaps) was on the field more than any of the Falcons' other tight ends, including Kyle Pitts (41). However, the veteran saw just one target, his fewest since the season opener. Head coach Arthur Smith did dial up a trick play for Smith in the red zone Sunday, but it wasn't successful. From Weeks 2-6, Smith caught 25 passes (on 32 targets) for 282 yards and a touchdown, but since then, he's secured just four passes for 40 yards. Given Smith is still garnering a lot of playing time, he should be on fantasy radars, but at this point, it's difficult to trust any Falcons' skill players on a weekly basis.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Sleeper TEs

    Smith gets a chance to face his former team in Week 8 when the Falcons play the Titans, and it's worth using Smith as a low-end starting tight end in all leagues. It helps that he's played well this season with at least 8.7 PPR points in five of seven games, including three outings with at least 10.7 PPR points. While I still like Kyle Pitts more than Smith, he should also continue to average 5.8 targets per game, which has been the case since Week 1. And I like the matchup against Tennessee with Kevin Byard now traded to the Eagles.
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  • Falcons' Jonnu Smith: Week 8 Streamers (TE Preview)

    Smith has fallen out of favor with Fantasy managers after a three-catch game in Week 7, but we can't be that picky at tight end. Smith had three straight games with at least 12 PPR Fantasy points before last week. He's still averaging more yards per target and yards per game than Kyle Pitts, and if you enjoy a good narrative, he has a revenge game against the Titans this week.
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