Smith completed 16 of 25 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Week 14 against Oakland. He'll face a Carolina defense that has allowed only 216.8 passing yards per game, which is the fifth fewest allowed this season. Opposing quarterbacks have scored 12.08 Fantasy points per game against the Panthers this season.
Smith has only thrown for multiple touchdowns twice this season and has been way too unreliable to trust. Fantasy owners should avoid Smith for Week 14.
Smith came into Sunday's game without a touchdown pass in five straight games and was looking to bounce back after being benched last week against the Dolphins. Smith didn't get off to a much better start Sunday. He led New York on a field-goal drive to open the game, but he missed Kellen Winslow on a 23-yard touchdown pass because of a bad throw. He then threw an interception on the team's second drive, which came one play after Oakland dropped an interception.
But Smith turned his luck around on the next drive, hitting Jeremy Kerley for a 25-yard touchdown. Smith then added an 8-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Out of shotgun formation, Smith executed a perfect read-option, ripping the football out of the belly of his running back at the last second and rushing left untouched into the end zone for the score.
Perhaps one of Smith's biggest plays in the second half came on a 3rd-and-5 with 10:01 remaining. Smith scrambled 32 yards to the Oakland 20-yard line to keep the driving alive. Two plays later, Chris Ivory had a 15-yard touchdown run.
The Jets are back in action Week 15 at Carolina.
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The Jets are just 1-4 in their last five games and the record is certainly reflected in Smith's numbers. He hasn't had a passing touchdown or surpassed 200 passing yards in his last five games. He also has failed to complete at least 10 passes in his last four games and was even benched during Sunday's 23-3 loss vs. Miami.
Despite his awful run, the Jets are going back to Smith Week 14 against the Raiders. But it's not like Fantasy owners are forced to make the same decision.
Quarterbacks have had decent success against the Raiders, averaging 271.9 passing yards and 20.2 Fantasy points per week. In the last five games, quarterbacks have totaled 12 touchdowns to two interceptions, while averaging 285.8 passing yards.
Smith might have a favorable matchup on paper Week 14, but are you really going to risk starting him, especially if you are fighting for a playoff berth or it's the first round of the playoffs in your Fantasy league. It's best to leave Smith out of active Fantasy lineups, if possible.
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