Fantasy Football Week 14: Alex Smith and Other Pleasant Surprises

Ethan NorofCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2010

Smith is making major strides.
Smith is making major strides.Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images


Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers

In his first week back as the starter for the 49ers, Smith led the team to a blowout victory over the division leading Seattle Seahawks. With 255 yards through the air and three touchdowns (no interceptions), Smith may finally be on the right track toward sustaining his spot in the lineup.

Kerry Collins, Tennessee Titans

Collins enjoyed a throwback game from the late 90s as he torched the Colts' pathetic excuse of a secondary for 244 yards, three scores, and no interceptions. Most impressively, the grey-haired veteran quarterback completed 28 of his 39 pass attempts under the prime time Thursday Night spotlight.


Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

McFadden began the year hot, but then considerably cooled as he battled injury. After weeks 11 and 12 saw him compile 18 carries for just 16 yards, McFadden burst out in Week 14 with 123 yards rushing, 86 yards receiving, and three total touchdowns. McFadden is very hot right now and is literally running over the opposition.

Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals

With just three double-digit fantasy outputs to his name entering Week 14, nobody saw this one coming. Having said that, Hightower fully exposed the Broncos' pathetic run defense to the tune of 18 carries, 148 yards, and two touchdowns. It's very clear who the lead dog is in this backfield between he and Beanie Wells.


Arrelious Benn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Benn was a popular sleeper candidate along with fellow wideout Mike Williams entering the regular season, but it's been Williams who has amassed most of the attention from owners. Benn took more time to learn how to play at the NFL level, but it's clear he's making major strides.

He gained 122 yards Sunday on just four receptions, proving the fact that he's a very formidable downfield threat. Benn will look to continue his emergence down the stretch run of the regular season, but will most likely prove valuable to owners in 2011.

Ruvell Martin, Seattle Seahawks

If you had Martin in your playoff lineup this week, that's simply incredible. After not catching a single ball all season long, Martin took advantage of the injuries to the depleted Seahawks' wide receiving core and proved he's got plenty of value to the team.

Catching four balls for 73 receptions and a touchdown, Martin will look to do it again in Week 15. With both starting wideouts uncertain for next week and fill-in Deon Butler breaking his leg on Sunday—Martin should see plenty of playing time.

Who was the biggest surprise on your roster?