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  • OLB
  • Za'Darius Smith

  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Age29
  • DOBSeptember 8, 1992
  • CollegeKentucky
  • DraftedRD 4, PK 122 (2015)
Height6-4
Weight274

Preseason

Player Rankings
Overall Rank #128
High Overall Rank #105
Low Overall Rank #151
LB Rank #63
High LB Rank #53
Low LB Rank #72

Za'Darius Smith was a revelation for the 2018 Green Bay Packers. After playing through his rookie contract as a rotational pass-rusher in Baltimore, the Packers signed Smith as an unrestricted free agent. He exceeded expectations, collecting 26 sacks in two years, and emerged as one of the league's premier pass rushers. Smith battled a back injury throughout the summer of 2021. He took the field for the Packers' opener but could not finish the first half. He missed the remainder of the season and was cut due to a ballooning salary-cap hit this past spring. Smith has declared himself healthy, and the Vikings' front office agreed, giving him a surprisingly lucrative free-agent contract (3 years, $42 million). He and Danielle Hunter might be the most imposing pair of edge rushers in the NFL going into 2022. Za'Darius Smith played in 84 percent of the Packers' defensive snaps from 2019 to 2020. Given the lack of talent behind them, the tandem of Hunter and Smith appears set to exceed 900 snaps each, health allowing. The volume of opportunity combined with their talents makes both players credible bets for double-digit sacks and about 50 tackles. Smith's difficulty returning to play after back surgery last year, however, makes him a higher risk than Hunter. That risk should knock him down a tier below Hunter for fantasy gamers seeking sack artists in big-play formats.

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Week Matchup
1 vs Green Bay Packers
2 @ Philadelphia Eagles
3 vs Detroit Lions
4 @ New Orleans Saints
5 vs Chicago Bears
6 @ Miami Dolphins
7 Bye Week
8 vs Arizona Cardinals
9 @ Washington Commanders
10 @ Buffalo Bills
11 vs Dallas Cowboys
12 vs New England Patriots
13 vs New York Jets
14 @ Detroit Lions
15 vs Indianapolis Colts
16 vs New York Giants
17 @ Green Bay Packers
18 @ Chicago Bears
YR TM G TKL AST SCK FF FR INT PD TD
2015 BAL 15 20 12 5.5 0 0 0 1 0
2016 BAL 13 10 10 1 1 0 0 1 0
2017 BAL 14 15 9 3.5 1 0 0 1 0
2018 BAL 16 27 17 8.5 1 0 0 3 0
2019 GB 16 41 16 13.5 2 0 0 0 0
2020 GB 16 36 15 12.5 3 2 0 2 0
2021 GB 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 91 150 79 44.5 8 2 0 8 0
YR WK OPP dSNAP TKL AST SCK FF FR INT PD TD
2021 1 NO 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 NO 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 1 MIN 43 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2020 2 DET 56 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2020 3 NO 56 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
2020 4 ATL 64 6 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
2020 6 TB 49 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 7 HOU 50 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2020 8 MIN 47 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 9 SF 32 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
2020 10 JAX 53 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2020 11 IND 75 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
2020 12 CHI 63 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
2020 13 PHI 52 2 1 1.5 0 0 0 0 0
2020 14 DET 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2020 15 CAR 60 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2020 16 TEN 35 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2020 17 CHI 66 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 CHI 860 36 15 12.5 3 2 0 2 0
2019 1 CHI 67 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2019 2 MIN 56 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
2019 3 DEN 59 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
2019 4 PHI 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 5 DAL 52 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2019 6 DET 50 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
2019 7 OAK 49 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 8 KC 46 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2019 9 LAC 56 5 3 0.5 0 0 0 0 0
2019 10 CAR 64 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 12 SF 40 5 1 1.5 0 0 0 0 0
2019 13 NYG 58 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 14 WAS 61 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2019 15 CHI 77 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 16 MIN 47 6 1 3.5 0 0 0 0 0
2019 17 DET 54 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 DET 883 41 16 13.5 2 0 0 0 0
2018 1 BUF 36 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
2018 2 CIN 55 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 3 DEN 37 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2018 4 PIT 47 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 5 CLE 63 3 3 0.5 0 0 0 0 0
2018 6 TEN 21 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
2018 7 NO 43 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 8 CAR 36 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 9 PIT 64 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
2018 11 CIN 43 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
2018 12 OAK 35 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 13 ATL 36 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2018 14 KC 60 2 2 0.5 0 0 0 0 0
2018 15 TB 31 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 16 LAC 40 4 1 1.5 0 0 0 0 0
2018 17 CLE 45 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 CLE 692 27 17 8.5 1 0 0 3 0
2017 1 CIN 7 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2017 3 JAX 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 4 PIT 50 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 5 OAK 37 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 6 CHI 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 7 MIN 35 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 8 MIA 42 0 1 0.5 0 0 0 0 0
2017 9 TEN 26 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 11 GB 41 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 12 HOU 34 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017 13 DET 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 15 CLE 49 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2017 16 IND 41 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2017 17 CIN 54 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 CIN 531 15 9 3.5 1 0 0 1 0
2016 1 BUF 36 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 2 CLE 42 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 3 JAX 40 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 4 OAK 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 5 WAS 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 6 NYG 53 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 7 NYJ 68 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
2016 9 PIT 49 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 10 CLE 31 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
2016 11 DAL 45 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 13 MIA 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 16 PIT 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 17 CIN 27 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 CIN 494 10 10 1 1 0 0 1 0
2015 2 OAK 36 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 3 CIN 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 4 PIT 19 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2015 5 CLE 70 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 6 SF 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 7 ARI 26 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 8 SD 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 10 JAX 21 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
2015 11 LA 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 12 CLE 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 13 MIA 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 14 SEA 30 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 15 KC 32 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
2015 16 PIT 34 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
2015 17 CIN 30 0 2 0.5 0 0 0 0 0
2015 CIN 407 20 12 5.5 0 0 0 1 0
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