Best, worst Week 14 matchups

12/4/2013 - NFL
Alex Smith, who has posted three straight weeks of 20-plus fantasy points, is a good play in Week 14. AP Photo/Joe Mahoney

The fantasy playoffs have arrived for those who were fortunate to navigate the treacherous regular season, where injuries, garbage-time heroes and pure randomness can derail even the best rosters. We have increased the number of analyzed players this week to provide more help for making crucial start/sit and matchup decisions.

Here are the best and worst fantasy matchups for Week 14:

Note: references to defensive rankings for the pass and run are based on Football Outsiders' DVOA metric, explained here.


Alex Smith (plus-4 points)

The Kansas City offense has opened things up in recent weeks. Thanks in part to his rushing value, Smith has posted at least 21 fantasy points in four of his last five games. Washington's putrid pass defense ranks 27th, so this is a great opportunity for Smith to produce big numbers while helping end the Chiefs' three-game slide.