Randy Moss is being double- and tripled-teamed every week, so his numbers have been down a bit. Should I consider reserving him for a hot wide receiver like Hines Ward or Roddy White? --J. Flynn, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Michael Fabiano: It's true that Ward and White have been on absolute fire in recent weeks, while Moss has been held to a combined 77 yards and one touchdown in his past two starts. But now that we've reached the fantasy football postseason, it's impossible to reserve the most dangerous and productive wideout in the NFL. As much as I love White this week against New Orleans on Monday Night Football, I could still never sit Moss.
I have Frank Gore, Jamal Lewis, Clinton Portis and Bernard Berrian and need two backs and one flex starter. Suggestions? -- D. Glauser, Switzerland
M.F.: Unless you receive points for receptions, I'd have to sit the inconsistent Berrian and use Gore, Lewis and Portis. Nine times out of 10 I will use a back over a wideout as a flex starter in a standard league, based on the fact that backs are guaranteed to see the football. Lewis did hurt his ribs in a loss to Arizona, but it appears he'll be fine to start against a weak New York Jets run defense in Week 14.
Which two wide receivers should I start from Deion Branch, Greg Jennings, Wes Welker and Roddy White? -- J. Laub, Huntington Beach, Calif.
M.F.: All four of these wideouts are viable starters, but I'd side with Jennings and White in a standard format. Believe it or not, White has more fantasy points than Terrell Owens, Reggie Wayne and Torry Holt on NFL.com in the past two weeks, and he faces a New Orleans defense in Week 14 that ranks 28th against the pass and has allowed 21 receiving scores.
Which two running backs should I start in Week 14: Marion Barber, Earnest Graham, Ryan Grant or Willis McGahee? -- S. Masterton, Scotland
M.F.: This is a difficult call based on the fact that all four runners are solid options in fantasy football formats. However, I'd have to side with Graham and Grant in Week 14. As I mentioned in an earlier question, Grant has been a statistical monster in recent weeks and faces an Oakland defense that ranks 30th against the run and has surrendered an NFL-high 20 rushing touchdowns. Graham has been as hot (if not hotter) than Grant, and he battles a Houston defense that ranks 25th against the run. It is hard to sit backs the caliber of Barber and McGahee, but both have less attractive matchups than Graham and Grant based on the numbers.
I am desperate for a quarterback this week. Can you offer me some options that might be on the waiver wire? Help! -- S. Phillips, Dearborn, Mich.
M.F.: First I'd look to see if Jacksonville's David Garrard is a free agent. Somehow he is still a free agent in 30 percent of NFL.com leagues, and I love him this week against Carolina. Other lesser (but stil viable) options include Kellen Clemens (vs. Cleveland), Chris Redman (vs. New Orleans), Tarvaris Jackson (at San Francisco) and Trent Dilfer (vs. Minnesota).