Fantasy football receivers become a tougher start-or-sit decision as December rolls onward, because matchups and weather conditions combine.
So, along with taking into account a strong defense and potentially bad weather—something to just keep in mind and be aware of—how much could one passing game get shut down?
Well, a lot depends on a receivers' opportunities to make plays downfield. Take Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers, for example.
The Panthers are hosting in Week 14 the Atlanta Falcons, who field a strong secondary. Led by Thomas DeCoud, Atlanta was able to minimize Smith to only 52 yards in the first meeting. And that was indoors in September.
Although weather may not have a drastic impact on this Sunday's game, anything can happen outside in December. That said, let's move ahead to check out Smith and other rough receiver matchups of Week 14.