Fantasy Football Week 14: Projecting Weekend's Biggest Overachievers

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 15:  James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers runs after making a reception against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football owners already know what they're going to get from this weekend from studs like Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning and LeSean McCoy. 

But what about those with potential who are flying under the radar?

Below we'll examine some fantasy performers sure to overachieve in Week 14.

*Scoring statistics according to ESPN Fantasy.  


Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs calls an audible during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Week 14 Opponent: Washington Redskins 

Average Points: 15.9 

Projected Points: 19.0

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has thrown for two or more touchdown passes in each of Kansas City's past three games, and that streak is sure to continue against the Washington Redskins in Week 14.

Keep in mind that only seven defenses are allowing more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season than Washington's (per, and only three teams have given up more passing touchdowns through 12 games than the Redskins.

Those numbers bode extremely well for Smith, who has yet to score more than 22 fantasy points in a single game this season.

Given the Redskins' struggles and Smith's rhythm, the potential is certainly there for the former No. 1 overall pick to turn in his first 300-yard game of the year and possibly his third three-touchdown performance of the season. 


James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers

Week 14 Opponent: Atlanta Falcons

Average Points: 5.7

Projected Points: 13.0

Last season's leading receiver in terms of touchdowns scored, Green Bay's James Jones has had a quiet year, and a leg injury suffered back in Week 6 definitely hasn't helped. 

But watch for Jones to make plenty of noise this weekend when the Packers play host to the Falcons at Lambeau Field. Atlanta has given up 24 touchdowns through the air this season and boasts one of the worst secondaries in football.

If Aaron Rodgers is cleared to play on Sunday afternoon, Jones will be a lock to score his first touchdown since Week 5.

But regardless of what direction the Packers take under center, Green Bay's limited options at wide receiver combined with Atlanta's porous defense (ranks 26th in total defense) make Jones a crucial play this coming weekend.


Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans

Sep 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) celebrates in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Week 14 Opponent: Denver Broncos

Average Points: 6.1 

Projected Points: 12.0

Although the Denver Broncos have raced out to a 10-2 start, they've done it in spite of their secondary.

Few teams are surrendering as many fantasy points to opposing wide receivers as the Broncos this season, and that makes Titans veteran Nate Washington a must-start wideout in Week 14. Even if Denver jumps out to an early lead, Washington will have plenty of opportunities to burn Denver's 29th-ranked pass defense.

Washington has caught at least five balls in each of the past two games, but hasn't scored a touchdown since scoring twice in Tennessee's Week 4 blowout win over the New York Jets back on Sept. 29.

Watch for Washington to finally make his way into the end zone on Sunday in Denver. After all, the Broncos have allowed four touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the past three games.


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