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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Gridiron Challenge: Alex Smith's value

By Mike Sando

Alex Smith scored more fantasy points in Week 14 than Tom Brady and any quarterback not named Matt Schaub or Michael Vick.

The San Francisco 49ers' quarterback now faces a San Diego defense that has allowed only 12 touchdown passes all season. Only Chicago and New Orleans have allowed fewer.

It's something to keep in mind if you were considering picking up Smith on the relative cheap for your Blog Network Gridiron Challenge team.

My team ticked upward into the 84th percentile despite another uninspiring total. Michael Turner (30 points), Michael Vick (25), Chris Johnson (23) and Sam Bradford (15) accounted for 93 of my 101 points. Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd, Jacob Tamme, Olindo Mare and the Denver defense combined for eight points. Nice, particularly after snowy conditions in Chicago convinced me to bench Deion Branch at the last minute.

It could have been worse.

I Own Tim Graham remained in first place somewhat comfortably among our more than 3,700 participants despite a 99-point week featuring 34 total points from running backs and wide receivers.

Time to regroup. That's the best part about the Gridiron Challenge relative to other fantasy formats. There's always hope things might come together the next week. No one is stuck with the same players week after week.