Exclusive Week 17 fantasy tips

Tony Romo has been my No. 1 quarterback all season, but I'm worried that he won't play much in Week 17. Should I start Romo or either Shaun Hill or Vince Young? -- J.C., Atlanta, Ga.

Michael Fabiano: With an injured thumb on his right hand and nothing to play for in Washington, I would suspect that Romo will see little or no action. In fact, I'd almost guarantee that you'll see more of Brad Johnson. The quarterback to start from this trio is Young, who faces an Indianapolis team that will no doubt rest its starters both on offense and defense.

Tennessee needs a win to secure a postseason berth, and Young is in the middle of a weird trend of statistical success in odd-numbered weeks. In Weeks 13 and 15, Young averaged 25 fantasy points on NFL.com. In Weeks 12, 14 and 16, Young totaled an awful seven points. Even if it's coincidence, it's still a trend and one to take into account. Again, Young must perform well to lead his Titans into the postseason, so I'd take a chance on the former Texas standout.

Should I start Tom Brady in my league's championship? I can add a lesser quarterback who will play an entire game like Trent Edwards, Shaun Hill or Tarvaris Jackson. Do I dare bench Brady? -- K. Donnelly, Reading, Mass.

M.F.: This is a hunch, but I think Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wants to finish the undefeated season against the New York Giants on Saturday night (8pm EST, NFL Network). I also think he will allow Tom Brady at least a chance to tie Peyton Manning's record for touchdown passes in single season (49), and I wouldn't bet against Brady having the chance to throw for two scores (even if it's in the first half) in an effort to hit 50 touchdown passes and break the mark.

I also wouldn't be surprised if Belichick wants Randy Moss to tie or break the single-season record for receiving touchdowns (22), which Jerry Rice holds at the current time. Brady has been such a stud throughout this season that I think he could even outscore Edwards, Hill and Jackson in one half against a Giants team that could rest its offensive and defensive starters.

I need to start three wide receivers from Anquan Boldin, Jerricho Cotchery, Lee Evans, Andre Johnson and Reggie Williams? -- H. David, Washington, D.C.

M.F.: The two obvious choices here are Boldin and Johnson, so the real question lies in which of Cotchery, Evans and Williams should be active as a third wide receiver. Williams has the best matchup of the three, but there's a good chance that Jacksonville's starters will be rested for the postseason. That makes him less of an option since you want to avoid players who might be limited as much as possible in Week 17. Overall I would have to side with Evans, who faces a Philadelphia defense that ranks 23rd in pass defense.

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