Fantasy owners running out of (Andrew) Luck

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Who should I trust more moving forward: Nick Foles or Philip Rivers? - @BROSE32100 (via Twitter)

Michael Fabiano: The answer here is simple: Foles has been one of the best quarterbacks in fantasy football in recent weeks, and he's also a better option than Rivers based on the matchups this week. Just take a look at the numbers, as Foles has scored no fewer than 22.62 fantasy points in each of his last four contests. Adding to his value is a matchup against the Detroit Lions in what figures to be a real shootout at Lincoln Financial Field, as their defense has been one of the most vulnerable in the league against quarterbacks based on fantasy points since Week 10.

Do you now consider Alshon Jeffery a "must-start" wide receiver? - @Jake4Prez (via Twitter)

M.F.: Is Jeffery a must-start wide receiver if you also have Calvin Johnson and Josh Gordon, for example? Maybe not, but let's agree that he's a darn solid option who should be active on a regular basis in most leagues. He's failed to score double-digit fantasy points just twice in his last nine games, so Jeffery is both productive and consistent. It's tough to imagine him not being in fantasy lineups over the next three weeks against the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.

I need to start two of the following three running backs: Eddie Lacy, DeMarco Murray and Ben Tate. Who sits? - @ChadCaldwell21 (via Twitter)

M.F.: I'm going to sit Tate in this scenario, as he has the toughest matchup of the three runners you have mentioned. Believe it or not, but the Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points (12.0 PPG) to runners over the last four weeks. Lacy might not have Aaron Rodgers, but a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons and their weak run defense makes him an attractive option. The same holds true of Murray, who has a great matchup of his own on Monday night -- the Chicago Bears have allowed the second-most fantasy points (22.3 PPG) to runners in 2013.

Can we trust Michael Crabtree in the fantasy postseason? - @jefflesser (via Twitter)

M.F.: Crabtree played in almost 63 percent of the snaps in last Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams, and I'm going to assume that his snap count will gradually rise over the next several weeks. With that being said, he has tough matchups against the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CB Darrelle Revis) over his next two games, so he would be no more than a potential No. 3 fantasy wideout. On a positive note, however, Crabtree does have a terrific contest in fantasy championship week against the Atlanta Falcons and becomes a far more startable option.

What should I do with Andrew Luck? Who should I start ahead of him in Week 14? - @alula_hoop (via Twitter)

Start/Sit: Out of Luck

Andrew Luck has struggled lately and Michael Fabiano thinks his Week 14 matchup warrants fantasy caution. More ...

M.F.: This was a huge concern for Luck, who has failed to score 14-plus fantasy points in three of his last four games and has a brutal schedule ahead. This week he faces the Cincinnati Bengals, who have allowed an average of fewer than 10 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks at home. Luck has another tough matchup on paper in Week 15 against the Houston Texans, and finishes on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. Based on the matchups for this week, I would start quarterbacks like Foles, Alex Smith and the eventual Bears starter (Josh McCown or Jay Cutler) ahead of Luck.

In what round should Josh Gordon be drafted next season? - @ruben_dealba (via Twitter)

M.F.: A lot can happen between then and now, but nothing short of some sort of off-field issue should keep Gordon from being a second- or third-round selection in most 2014 fantasy drafts. I would still choose the likes of Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant and A.J. Green ahead of Gordon, though, while Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones and Brandon Marshall (among others) are also on that same tier of wideouts.

What are your thoughts on Roddy White? Can we start him for the rest of the season after his Week 13 performance? - @brennandcassidy (via Twitter)

M.F.: White did have his best stat line of the season last week, posting 10 receptions for 143 yards in a win over the Buffalo Bills. He's still not 100 percent back from his injured ankle, though, so it's tough for me to recommend him as more than a No. 3 fantasy wideout moving forward. White's remaninig fantasy postseason matchups include games against the Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers, the first two of which are favorable.

What should I do with Stevan Ridley? Is it safe to drop him? - @fetters11 (via Twitter)

M.F.: Ridley is droppable in smaller leagues, but I wouldn't cut him loose in most standard formats despite the fact that he was a healthy scratch in Week 13. One never knows exactly what Patriots coach Bill Belichick will do with his backfield, though Shane Vereen is the most-trusted runner on the roster right now. Keep in mind that Ridley is also one injury away from being back in a prominent role, so stash him for now. I do know one thing -- there is no way I'm starting Ridley in fantasy leagues as things stand.

C.J. Spiller decided to resurface last week! Can I use him as a No. 1 fantasy runner the rest of the season? - @ShacharManor (via Twitter)

M.F.: I don't see him as a No. 1 fantasy runner, but I'd start him as a risk-reward flex option moving forward. He does have a tough matchup this week in Tampa Bay, however, as the Buccaneers have allowed an average of fewer than 15 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs on their home field. Spiller finishes the fantasy postseason with a matchup in Jacksonville and at home against a porous Miami Dolphins run defense.

What is your preferred playoff tiebreaker for the fantasy postseason? - @mattlefrancois (via Twitter)

M.F.: I like going total points as the first tiebreaker for a few reasons. First, I feel like it's the best way to gauge just how good a fantasy team was during the season. Let's face it, luck is a part of the equation in fantasy wins and losses throughout the course of a season. You could have had the best team in your league last week, for example, but there's a good chance you could have lost to a lesser team that had Eric Decker, Alshon Jeffery or Josh Gordon in their lineup. Another reason to go with the points tiebreaker is that it's simple for commissioners to calculate postseason seeding. Finally, this tiebreaker is almost fool-proof. If you're in a league that uses fractional scoring, there is very little chance that two teams are going to end up with the exact same number of points.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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