Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 14: Chiefs vs. Redskins

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The two teams come into Sunday's game on a combined seven-game losing streak. Bad times all around.

No 9-0 team has ever gone on to lose four straight. Not once. So good luck to the Kansas City Chiefs, who come into Sunday's game trying to avoid making history. Meanwhile, the Washington Redskins come in at 3-9, and their next win robs every "funny" person on the Internet of great "RG3-XX" jokes for the rest of the season. The two teams play Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at FedEx Field, and there could be a lot of fantasy points scored in the matchup:


Start in every league: Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles

Start if you're desperate: Dwayne Bowe

Bench: Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster, Ryan Succop, Defense/special teams

It can't even really be argued anymore -- Smith is now a must-start fantasy quarterback, especially against a defense as poor as Washington's. He's scored 21-plus fantasy points in three of his last four, and six times in 12 games this season. He's the No. 9 fantasy quarterback. There's just nothing not to like at this point. ... Charles is the No. 1 fantasy running back. He's on pace for almost 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns.

It's clear that Bowe has re-established himself as the Chiefs' top receiver; that said, he still hasn't topped 67 yards this season, and after 12-plus targets in two straight in Weeks 9 and 11, he's fallen back to seven in his last two. Against Washington, he's a viable starter, but far from a sure thing.

Despite Smith's success and Bowe's mediocrity, Kansas City hasn't really supported a second wide receiver, with the pass looks going mostly to Charles. That means both Avery and McCluster are hard noes. ... Succop has offered very little in the way of fantasy production lately; he's only had two field goals total in his last three. ... The Chiefs' defense as a definite bench might surprise some people, but it's been awful of late and is facing a strong Washington offense. Tread lightly.


Start in every league: Alfred Morris, Pierre Garcon

Start if you're desperate: Robert Griffin III

Bench: Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, Jordan Reed, Kai Forbath, Defense/special teams

He's coming off a 26-yard game, and he hasn't scored more than 10 points since Week 10, but Morris is still a top-10 fantasy running back, and he's right now the best offensive weapon the Redskins have. ... It's a similar story for Garcon, who has only 14 fantasy points in his last three, but is still an easy WR2 at worst.

Griffin is right on the border of must-start status this week; it's hard to imagine many fantasy owners have better options, but he has scored 10 or fewer fantasy points three times in his last six (he's hit 20 or more in the other three).

Neither Robinson nor Moss has offered much of anything all season long. ... The Chiefs don't give up points to tight ends, and while Reed has been productive when healthy, he's also coming off two straight inactives. He's a stay-away for one more week. ... Forbath hasn't done anything all year. He's only reached double-digit fantasy points once. ... The Redskins' defense is capital-A Awful.

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