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December 2, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 13

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 13
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Tom Brady, New England Patriots, 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:  Tom Brady- New England Patriots

With a matchup against the Dolphins, you can expect the Patriots to rely on Brady and the passing game to get their game going on Sunday.

The Dolphins are dreadful against the pass, allowing 261.7 yards per game along with giving up 14 touchdowns through the air. With the amount of weapons Brady has at his disposal, he should have a field day on Sunday.

Besides, the Dolphins’ run defense is solid. They just limited Marshawn Lynch to 46 rushing yards last week. So, expect the Patriots to abandon the run and let Brady air it out on Sunday.

Under the radar find: Tony Romo- Dallas Cowboys

Sure, Romo has his share of clunkers this year, but when the matchup is favorable, he can rack up the points.

This week Romo and the Cowboys will be taking on a reeling Eagles’ squad. The Eagles are wounded and appear to be going through the motions. With the Cowboys still in the NFC East race, expect them to come outs guns a blazing.

Romo is coming off a game in which he threw for 441 yards and three touchdowns on Thanksgiving Day against the Redskins. Plus, three weeks ago in Philadelphia, Romo threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

So, with the game of more importance to the Cowboys expect a good night from Romo.

Hail Mary option:  Chad Henne- Jacksonville Jaguars

Henne has come in for an injured Blaine Gabbert and has instantly lit up the scoreboard. In the two games he has started, Henne has thrown for 615 yards while throwing for six touchdowns to just one interception.

With another matchup against a vulnerable pass defense in the Bills, Henne could be worthy of starting at the cheap price of $6.500. The Bills have allowed 20 touchdowns through the air and allow 233.3 (18th in the league) passing yards per game. So, if you want to save money for your budget, Henne could be your guy.


Worth the bucks:  Arian Foster- Houston Texans

You can almost never go wrong by picking Foster, despite his steep price tag ($9,200).

Foster ranks second in the NFL in rushing yards (1,064) while coming in first in rushing touchdowns (12).  You should know this by now. The Texans’ offense revolves around Foster’s exploits and the Titans (the Texans’ Week 13 opponent) will not know what hit them after Sunday.

After all, the Titans rank 27th against the rush and have allowed 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions, RB

Under the radar find: Mikel Leshoure- Detroit Lions

Solid, but not spectacular is a description that fits Leshoure to a T.

Leshoure is no world beater, but he is more than serviceable when the matchup is right. And with a matchup against the Colts, expect Leshoure to have a solid day.

The Colts allow 121.2 rushing yards per game (20th in the league) while allowing 11 touchdowns (seventh most in the league) on the ground. So, look for Leshoure-who already has six rushing scores-to easily carve up the Colts.

Hail Mary option:  Beanie Wells- Arizona Cardinals

After spending seven weeks on the IR, Wells came back last week with a bang, as he scored two touchdowns against the Rams upon his return.

As such, Wells is now back to being the lead horse for the Cardinals. Wells’ matchup against the Jets this weekend is juicy, as the Jets allow 142.8 rushing yards per game (30th in the NFL).

With Wells presumably getting the full workload and with the matchup he has, Wells could be a real sleeper at $5,300.


Worth the bucks:  Calvin Johnson- Detroit Lions

Like Foster, you could do no wrong by relying on the exploits of Johnson for weekly contests.

Johnson is as good as it gets and is a great start regardless of the matchup. However, with a game against the Colts at home this week, “Megatron” could be more Megatrony than usual.

You see, the Colts are bad against the pass too as they allow 233.8 passing yards per game (19th in the league) while giving up 19 touchdowns (tied for 10th most in the league).

Under the radar find: Eric Decker- Denver Broncos

At the price of $6,400, Decker is more than a reliable option as one of your receiving choices.

While Demaryius Thomas may be Peyton Manning’s main man in the passing game, Decker does not go unnoticed and is actually tied for third in the NFL with eight receiving touchdowns.

And this week Decker and the Broncos will take on the porous Bucs’ pass defense. The Bucs allow a league-high 315.5 passing yards per game and have already given up 18 touchdowns via the pass. So, Decker should be in line for a productive day.

Hail Mary option:  Davone Bess- Miami Dolphins

You may not have noticed, but Bess is starting to become Ryan Tannehill’s most trusted option in Dolphins’ pass offense.

Bess has registered 13 receptions (on 20 targets) for 179 yards and a touchdown in his last two games. This week Bess will take on the Patriots, and if there is one thing we know about the Pats, it is that they are weak against the pass.

The Patriots allow 289.4 receiving yards per game (30th in the league) while giving up the third most passing touchdowns (22). With the game likely to become a shootout or a lopsided affair in favor of the Pats, expect the Dolphins to sling it and Bess-at the cheap price of $5,400-could be the one who benefits mostly from it.


Worth the bucks:  Owen Daniels- Houston Texans

With Rob Gronkowski out and Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzalez playing on Thursday, Daniels is your top stud at tight end this weekend.

Daniels is having a resurgent season and has already six touchdowns on the season thus far. This week Daniels and the Texans will take on a Titans’ team that is allowing 262.1 passing yards per game (27th in the league).

So, the chances for Daniels to have a successful afternoon look pretty good.

Under the radar find: Greg Olsen- Carolina Panthers

After some early season struggles, both Olsen and his quarterback Cam Newton are starting to settle into a groove.

Olsen has made 21 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns in his last three games. This week Olsen will be matched up against the Chiefs. The Chiefs can be exposed through the air and have given up the third-most touchdowns through the air with 22.

Given the circumstances the Chiefs are playing with, Olsen could be in line for a nice day and at $5,300 you could do a lot worse.

Dallas Clark, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TE

Hail Mary option:  Dallas Clark- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the season winding down, Clark has finally come to life in Tampa and is enjoying a solid stretch to finish the season.

Clark has scored three touchdowns in the last six weeks while also accumulating 239 receiving yards in that same time span. Slowly but surely, Clark is starting to develop chemistry with Bucs’ QB Josh Freeman. Freeman is recently targeting Clark on short, underneath routes and Clark has responded by recording 11 receptions (on 15 targets) for 123 yards in his last two games.

The Broncos do give up the second-most points to tight ends and at the price of $5,200, Clark is a veritable bargain.


Best value: David Akers- San Francisco 49ers

Once again, Akers is a great choice. Considering he will be kicking indoors against a team in the Rams that the 49ers should move the ball easily against, Akers should be able to get ample kicking opportunities. Plus, he is one of the few kickers going for the minimum price of $5,000.


Best value: Houston Texans

This should be a slam dunk selection. Going for just over the minimum price of $5,100, the Houston Texans should have its way with the Titans this weekend.

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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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