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November 24, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 12

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 12
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Eli Manning, New York Giants, QB

Want a break from the week-to-week grind of the fantasy football season?

Well, if you’re more into instant gratification and want to earn a quick buck (and not wait a full year to claim your prize) then the is just for you.

What you do is fill a roster consisting of 1 QB, 2 RB’s, 3 WR’s, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 TD/ST- all within a budget of 60,000 imaginary dollars while competing against hundreds of other players.

The scoring is as follows:


Rushing yards made = 0.1pts

Rushing touchdowns = 6pts

Passing yards = 0.04pts

Passing touchdowns = 4pts

Interceptions = -1pt

Receiving yards = 0.1pts

Receiving touchdowns = 6pts

Receptions = 0.5pts

Kick-return touchdowns = 6pts

Punt-return touchdowns = 6pts

Fumbles lost = -2pts

Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts

Two-point conversions scored = 2pts

Two-point conversion passes = 2pts

Field-goals from 0-19 yards = 3pts

Field-goals from 20-29 yards = 3pts

Field-goals from 30-39 yards = 3pts

Field-goals from 40-49 yards = 4pts

Field-goals from 50+ yards = 5pts

Extra-point conversions = 1pt


Sacks = 1pt

Opponent-fumbles recovered = 2pts

Return touchdowns = 6pts

Fumble return touchdowns = 6pts

Safeties = 2pts

Blocked kicks = 2pts

Interceptions = 2pts

0 points allowed = 10pts

1-6 points allowed = 7pts

7-13 points allowed = 4pts

14-20 points allowed = 1pt

28-34 points allowed = -1pt

35+ points allowed = -4pts

What you have to do is a field a lineup plus manage a budget and predict who has the best matchups. You also have to take into consideration what under-the-radar type players(since you can’t solely rely on studs) could lead you to glory. If you do all this well, you can earn some major dollars-and really quick.

That said, here are some options at each position that could be the difference in your matchups this weekend. I’ve designated each skill position (QB, RB, WR and TE) with a player worth the bucks, a player a tad under the radar, and a Hail Mary option. For kickers and defense, I will supply what I see as the best value.


Worth the bucks:  Aaron Rodgers- Green Bay Packers

We all know that Rodgers is one of the tried and true quarterbacks you can depend on week in and week out. Quite simply, he’s a stud. As if you didn’t know that.

With the matchup he has this week, he can be even more studly than usual. Rodgers and the Packers will be taking on a Giants squad that is allowing 257.8 passing yards per game (25th in the league).

There is also a chance that Rodgers will have his full complement of receivers, as Greg Jennings may return. Even if he doesn’t, Rodgers will still have Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones to count on.

Under the radar find: Eli Manning- New York Giants

Sure, Manning has found himself in a miserable slump of late, but Manning knows how to rebound after bye weeks. Manning has thrown for on average 322.5 passing yards while throwing 10 touchdowns in his last four games after a bye.

Besides, Manning and the Giants will be taking on a Packers squad that allows 244.4 passing yards per game (21st in the league). After a week off to prepare and correct a few wrongs that have been hindering the pass offense, expect Manning and the Giants to be rested and raring to go.

Hail Mary option:  Chad Henne- Jacksonville Jaguars

You’d have to take a leap of faith to trust Henne once again after him coming off his awesome performance against the Texans last week (354 passing yards and four touchdowns). Realize who he did that against,though, as the Texans are one of the best defenses in the league.

This week Henne and the Jags have it much easier when they host the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have been blitzed through the air and are 26th against the pass while allowing 266.2 yards per game and allowing 20 touchdowns through the air.

With the emergence of Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon, Henne has the chance to produce quality stats. And at $6.400, you can save a lot of money by banking on Henne at quarterback.


Worth the bucks:  Doug Martin- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The “Muscle Hamster” is a total yardage beast and is quickly becoming one of the more trusted running backs in the game.

This week Martin will have a home matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, and if there is one thing the Falcons have trouble with, it is defending the run. The Falcons allow 130.5 rushing yards per game (26th  in the league) while giving 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Look for the Bucs’ game plan to revolve around Martin getting a heavy dose of touches and Martin shall not disappoint.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals, RB

Under the radar find: BenJarvus Green-Ellis- Cincinnati Bengals

After coming off 101-yard rushing effort (plus scoring a touchdown) against the Chiefs in a great matchup last week, the “Law Firm” could be in line for a repeat performance against an equally bad rushing defense in the Oakland Raiders this week.

The Raiders allow 122.2 rushing yards per game(22nd in the league) while giving up the second most rushing touchdowns (14) in the league. With a cheap price tag ($,5,800) Green-Ellis should provide great bang for your buck.

Hail Mary option:  Jalen Parmele- Jacksonville Jaguars

With the Rashad Jennings experiment over and Maurice Jones-Drew nowhere close to returning, the Jaguars’ rushing workload will fall on the underappreciated shoulders of Jalen Parmele.

Although, he wasn’t spectacular last week (24 carries for 80 yards), Parmele was facing the second-toughest run defense in the league in the Texans. This week, Parmele will be facing a much easier opponent in the Titans.

The Titans allow 132.8 rushing yards per game (28th in the league) while giving up nine rushing touchdowns thus far on the year. For a running back who is listed below $5,000 ($4,900) and who will get the lion’s share of carries for his team, you can’t find more value in a player than Parmele.


Worth the bucks:  A.J. Green- Cincinnati Bengals

Now riding a nine-game scoring streak, Green’s breakout season just keeps on getting better and better.

With Green and the Bengals set to face the reeling Raiders, there is a good chance Green could make that streak 10 straight games. The Raiders are allowing 253.3 passing yards per game (24th in the league) while also allowing 20 touchdowns through the air (tied for fourth most in the league).

Andy Dalton and Green could post some crooked numbers come Sunday.

Under the radar find: Cecil Shorts- Jacksonville Jaguars

If you haven’t bought into Cecil Shorts by now, you are either uneducated or very stubborn.

Shorts has  scored and/or posted more than 75 yards receiving in four out of his last five games. Whether it is Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne, Shorts is being targeted (46 targets in his last five games) heavily in the Jaguars pass offense.

And this week Shorts has an awesome matchup, as he and the Jags get set to face the Titans who allow 266.2 passing yards per game (26th in the league). At $6,000 you could do a lot worse.

Hail Mary option: Mohamed Sanu- Cincinnati Bengals

After scoring in two straight games in which he has been targeted a total of 10 times, Sanu is staring to carve out an increased role in the Bengals’ offense.

Slowly but surely, Dalton is making Sanu a priority in the Bengals’ plans and it’s only a matter of time before he breaks out and posts a solid stat line. For a third receiver, and at the very cheap price of $4,700, Sanu is as great a bargain you can find. Remember, Sanu will be facing the same Raider’s team Green will be facing. With all the coverage Green is expected to get, Sanu could do some damage in single coverage.


Worth the bucks:  Vernon Davis- San Francisco 49ers

With Colin Kaepernick under center last week, Davis returned to his beastly status as he recorded six receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Bears on Monday night.

With Kaepernick starting once again, look for him to rely on Davis a ton. As we all know, the Saints are dreadful against the pass and have allowed 305 passing yards per game (31st in the league). Also, the Saints have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in the last two weeks.

Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers, TE

Under the radar find: Antonio Gates- San Diego Chargers

It’s amazing to think of Gates as an under-the-radar type these days, but at $5,200 he is just that.

It’s not like Gates is a forgotten man in the Chargers’ offense. Prior to last week’s hiccup against the Broncos, Gates had scored in his two prior games. Also, with the Ravens allowing 249.9 passing yards per game (23rd in the league), Gates is a player who can exploit the Ravens’ weaknesses.

Hail Mary option:  Jermichael Finley- Green Bay Packers

Finley finally had a decent week (three receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown) last Sunday to restore some faith in him.

In their bye week, Finley and Aaron Rodgers worked on their chemistry and things may start to get better going forward. This week Finley will be facing a Giants’ squad that is allowing 257.8 passing yards per game with them also allowing a tight end to score twice in the last three weeks.

If you want to save some dollars elsewhere for your budget, Finley at $4,900 is someone worth taking a flier on.


Best value: David Akers- San Francisco 49ers

With the way the Saints play defense, you know Akers will have his number called a lot. Considering how well Kaepernick moved the ball in Monday night’s win over the Bears in which Akers scored 12 points, Akers should have no trouble duplicating the success he had last week.


Best value: Pittsburgh Steelers

I’m surprised the Steelers are going for the minimum price of $5,000. Sure the Steelers don’t force a lot of turnovers but they could this week when they face Brandon Weeden and the weak Browns’ offense.

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My name is Dan Stack and I live in Nyack, New York, which is about 20 miles north of New York City. I am a writer/blogger who is passionate about many things, namely sports. I am also very passionate when it comes to fantasy sports, whether it be baseball, football or basketball. You can find me writing/blogging here at,,, and I have also been the Managing Editor of my county's weekly newspaper (Rockland County Times). I hold a BA degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from C.W. Post University in Brookville, New York. I have other passion besides sports as I am big in to music, pop culture, dogs and and other fun stuff. I love New York and all that it has to offer. You can often find me writing/blogging, watching TV, attending movies or at a ballgame. E-Mail if you have any questions or comments.

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