Smith's poor performance Sunday can't really be solely blamed on the poor weather conditions, which featured heavy snowfall. Plenty of credit goes to the Minnesota secondary and rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who is starting to emerge as a shutdown cornerback late in the season. Smith's low output could also be attributed to quarterback Joe Flacco targeting wide receiver Marlon Brown and tight end Dennis Pitta a total of 22 times.
Smith was targeted just twice in the first half and didn't record his first and only catch until 14:22 of the fourth quarter. Smith did record a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter, when Rhodes was out of the game with an ankle injury.
Smith will look to bounce back Week 15 at Detroit.
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Luckily for Fantasy owners, however, Smith has stayed relevant the last few weeks with touchdowns in three of his last four games. He might not be posting the yardage he had early in the season, but the Ravens are still finding ways for him to make an impact. Smith will aim to score for the fourth time in five games Week 14 vs. Minnesota.
Wide receivers are averaging 25.7 Fantasy points per week against Minnesota, which is tied for the fifth-highest average. Wide receivers are averaging 194.4 receiving yards and have totaled 14 touchdowns in 12 games.
However, No. 1 receivers have struggled lately against the Vikings, particularly because of the play of rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes. In the last three games, No. 1 wide receivers have averaged 4.7 Fantasy points.
Even if Smith is held to a low-yardage total Sunday, he's still a threat for a touchdown, which makes him a viable Fantasy start in all formats.
Smith nearly scored on the team's fifth play from scrimmage, as a 54-yard toss from Ben Roethlisberger got him into the end zone. The play was ruled a touchdown, but the replay official overturned the call, and Smith was ruled down at the 1.
Smith quickly made up for getting caught from behind. He scored two plays later, after the Ravens were taken back to the 7-yard line. Smith finished the game with six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown, while being targeted 10 times.
Smith established a new career-high in receiving yards last week, and is nearing the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. Smith enters Week 14 against the Vikings with 54 catches for 952 yards and four touchdowns.
Pittsburgh has been about middle-of-the-pack against opposing wide receivers, allowing 20.91 Fantasy points per game. The team has been strong preventing touchdowns through the air, allowing just 13 passing touchdowns in 11 games. Of those 13 touchdowns, nine have been thrown to wide receivers.
Smith is already on his way to setting some new career-highs this season. He's already surpassed his single-season yardage total with 859 receiving yards. He's also two catches away from tying his single-season reception total. The one area where Smith has fallen behind is touchdowns. Smith has only found the end zone three times this season. In the first game against Pittsburgh, Smith caught three passes for 61 yards. In his career against the Steelers, Smith has scored one touchdown in five games. He's an iffy Fantasy play this week.
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