Why should you not underestimate Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith? Going into the 2022 NFL season, DeVonta Smith was highly underrated by fantasy football analysts. Before the start of the 2022 season, many experts believed that A.J. Brown would receive the bulk of the targets for the Philadelphia Eagles. But I do not think DeVonta Smith caught on to what the experts had believed. In week three of the NFL season, Smith was spectacular against the opposing Washington Commanders defense. In the first half alone, DeVonta Smith caught 7-11 targets with a total of 156 yards. Arguably, the best half of football in his NFL career. In total, Smith went for 8-12 targets with 169 yards.
DeVonta Smith’s prior Achievements
Let’s not forget DeVonta Smith was a Heisman winner in 2020. An achievement rarely awarded to wide receivers. During his Heisman winning season with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Smith caught the football for 1856 yards and 23 touchdowns. A few days later, DeVonta Smith won Offensive MVP at the College Football National Championship Game.
In his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles, DeVonta Smith recorded 916 yards and 5 touchdowns. After the season was over, he broke an Eagles record. In Eagles history, no rookie has ever produced a yardage per carry that high. However, with the addition of A.J. Brown; many football experts do not believe that Devonta Smith is going to produce the same amount of receiving yards or touchdowns as he did in the 2021 season.
DeVonta Smith should be considered High Value in Fantasy Football
Although it is now time to start looking at DeVonta Smith as a high value receiver. Why are you still reading this if he is still a free agent in your fantasy football league? Do not wait. Pick him off your waiver wire right now. Smith is a must start in your fantasy football team. Currently, DeVonta Smith should be treated as a flex option on your teams. Although I predict that he is going to produce numbers that deserve at least a WR2 spot on your fantasy football teams.