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Fantasy Football Week 14: Conservative Alex Smith a Surprise for Fantasy

Andrew Hedglen
Staff Writer



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Alex Smith (Chiefs QB) – Smith has posted 20-plus point fantasy performances over the last three weeks, and has another great match-up Sunday. The Redskins give up the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, and the Chiefs are hungry for a win since dropping the last three games after a 9-0 start. He is owned in 63 percent of leagues and is a great plug-in this week.

Chris Ivory (Jets RB) – Ivory has had an up-and-down season due to opportunity and injury issues, but he’s been back to good fantasy production over the last few weeks, and he has been the lone bright spot for the Jets. He handles all of the early down work, and should fair well in a competitive match-up against the Raiders.  They give up the 16th-most fantasy points to running backs, and Ivory is only owned in 57 percent of leagues.

Montee Ball (Broncos RB) – Ball is the No. 2 back behind Knowshon Moreno, but he’s been getting carries lately, including 13 for 117 yards last week. He should only be used if you’re in a desperate situation, but if you need a back this week then he could be your guy. The Broncos are at home against the Titans, who have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs. You also have to figure that the Broncos will play with a big lead and run the ball a ton. Ball is owned in 58 percent of leagues.

Kris Durham (Lions WR) – He’s playing the No. 2 receiver spot now, and the Lions play the worst pass defense this week in the Eagles. He’s had just three catches in each of his last three games, but he should be good for more this week. He’s improved each week and impressed coaches since being activated from the practice squad earlier this season. The 6-foot-6 receiver is a guy you want if you’re desperate for a wide receiver.

Denarius Moore (Raiders WR) – Moore is set to return this week from injury against a Jets’ team that has given up the sixth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. He’s had huge games this year, and is only owned in 56 percent of leagues. Go with him as a high upside wide receiver this week.

Ladarius Green (Chargers TE) – Green is a late-season stud that is unknown right now, owned in just nine percent of leagues while posting eight, 10 and 14 fantasy points in the last three weeks. The Chargers have been playing in a ton of two tight end sets with the 6-foot-6 freak who runs a 4.4 40 opposite Antonio Gates.  They’re at home against the Giants, who have given up the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Look no further than Green to fill your tight end position.

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