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December 8, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 14

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 14
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Brandon Marshall, WR (L) and Matt Forte, RB (R), Chicago Bears

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

After only throwing for four touchdowns in his last three games, you just know Rodgers is due to break out for a monster day soon enough.  And Sunday vs. the Lions could be that day.

The Lions are falling apart at the seams and with this being a key NFC North game, expect the Packers to come out firing. The Lions are mediocre against the pass, allowing 234 passing yards per game (18th in the league) while giving up 21 touchdowns through the air.

The last time these two teams hooked up in Week 11, Rodgers passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns. While those are solid numbers, Rodgers should easily be able to eclipse those numbers this weekend.

Undr the radar find: Eli Manning- New York Giants

At the listed price of $7,500, Manning is a vastly underrated option this week.

While Manning has not been on top of his game this year, he has been solid and this week’s matchup with the Saints presents an opportunity for Manning to get back to his vintage ways. The Saints’ pass defense has been atrocious all season. They allow 286.7 passing yards per game (30th in the league) while giving up 23 touchdowns via the pass.

So, with a juicy matchup and the discount price, Manning is as a great find for daily contests.

Hail Mary option:  Brandon Weeden- Cleveland Browns

Weeden is coming off a fine showing last week against the Raiders, in which he threw for 364 yards and a touchdown on the road. And this week, Weeden should have it much easier when he and the Browns entertain the Chiefs at home on Sunday.

The Chiefs have been getting gashed through the air of late and have allowed the most touchdowns through the air (25) in the league. The Chiefs have also allowed seven passing touchdowns in the last three weeks. So, expect the Brown to try and exploit that weakness on Sunday.

With the way that Josh Gordon has been playing lately, expect Weeden to throw early and often in this affair.


Worth the bucks:  Adrian Peterson- Minnesota Vikings

No matter the opponent or the circumstances, Peterson has been absolutely dominant this season and he seems to be only getting better as the season winds down.

Just last week, Peterson looked better than ever rushing for 210 yards and a touchdown against the Packers. Peterson has now rushed for over 100 yards in six straight games while also scoring at least one touchdown in five of those contests.

This week Peterson and the Vikings will take on the Bears at home. While on paper that appears to be a tough challenge given that the Bears rank 10th against the rush (100.8 rushing yards per game), do realize that just two weeks ago Peterson ran for 108 yards and a touchdown against these same Bears.

Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons, RB

Under the radar find: Michael Turner- Atlanta Falcons

At the reasonable price of $6,300, Turner is as good as it gets for a No. 2 running back this week.

Although Turner hasn’t been lighting it up of late, this weekend’s game against the Panthers could get him going. The Panthers are 25th against the run (allowing 128.8 yards per game) while allowing 10 touchdowns on the ground.

The Panthers are decent against the pass, so the Falcons should rely on Turner more than usual this week.

Hail Mary option:  Alex Green- Green Bay Packers

With James Starks going down for perhaps the rest of the regular season, the rushing workload will now fall squarely on the shoulders of Green.

While splitting carries with Starks, Green looked pretty good in the game against the Lions last week, rushing for 58 yards on 12 carries. This week Green will take on the Lions and they are nothing special against the run, allowing 119.4 rushing yards per game (19th in the league).

For a guy who will get the bulk of carries for his team and who is going for the very cheap price of $5,000, Green is not a terrible option to gamble on.


Worth the bucks:  Brandon Marshall- Chicago Bears

Ever since reuniting with Jay Cutler this season, Marshall has returned to his elite-receiver ways.

Marshall has simply been beastly this year. Marshall has topped 80 yards receiving in eight out of his last nine games and over 100 yards in five of those games. Also in that stretch, Marshall has scored seven touchdowns.

This week Marshall and the Bears will take on the Vikings, a team that has allowed 229.8 passing yards per game (14th in the NFL) and 19 touchdowns. Just two weeks ago Marshall recorded 12 receptions for 92 yards against the Vikings.  Expect similar production this week.

Under the radar find: Josh Gordon- Cleveland Browns

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Gordon is having himself quite the productive rookie season.

Just last week, Gordon had six catches for 116 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. And as I stated before when trumping up Weeden, this week Gordon should be licking his chops as he’ll be going up against a Chiefs’ pass defense that has given up the most passing touchdowns in the league (25).

At $5,900 Gordon is a good bargain, as he has the looks of a receiver on the verge of a breakout.

Hail Mary option: Kendall Wright- Tennessee Titans

Wright’s targets (18) have been on the upswing of late now that Jake Locker is starting to settle in with a new offensive coordinator in Dowell Loggains.

Last week, Wright was solid vs. the Texans, recording six catches for 78 yards. Now Wright will be matched up against a much easier opponent in the Colts. In his last matchup with the Colts in Week 8, Wright scored a touchdown while nabbing four catches for 47 yards. The Colts have been susceptible to big plays via the pass, having allowed 21 touchdowns through the air and that could play right into Wright’s hands.


Worth the bucks:  Jimmy Graham- New Orleans Saints

I don’t think I need to extoll the virtues of Graham to you guys. Graham is a stud. You know it. I know it.

This week Graham and the Saints will take on the Giants, who have given up their fair share of big plays this year. The Giants allow 245.2 passing yards per game (22nd in the NFL) while giving up 19 touchdowns through the air.

Graham should be able to find the gaps in the Giants’ defense and have himself a big day while justifying his high price tag ($6,600).

Under the radar find: Kyle Rudolph- Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph is currently enjoying a three-game scoring streak while quickly becoming the most-trusted option for Christian Ponder in the Vikings’ pass offense with Percy Harvin missing time.

Rudolph has been targeted 26 times in his last three games, which more than triples the targets he received in his previous three games (8). So, with Harvin out, and Ponder not having any other reliable receivers to rely on, expect him to force feed the ball to Rudolph a ton as the season comes to a close.

In his last game against the Bears in Week 12, Rudolph recorded five catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. If you can get production like that for the price of $6,000, you sign up for that ASAP.

Hail Mary option:  Brandon Pettigrew- Detroit Lions

Although he hasn’t exactly been lighting it up this year, Pettigrew does have some value at the low price of $5,000.

Pettigrew had a fine afternoon last Sunday, hauling in three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown against the Colts. In his last two games, Pettigrew has been targeted 22 times while catching 11 receptions for 117 yards.

So, maybe Pettigrew is in line for a good finish to the season. And it’s not like the Packers are anything special against the pass, as they allow 233.8 yards per game (17th in the league) while giving up 18 touchdowns.


Best value: Nick Folk- New York Jets

I’m always of the opinion that you should always go with a minimum-priced kicker for daily contests considering the volatility of kickers. Folk is not great by any stretch, but the Jets could be able to move the ball against the Jaguars, who have allowed kickers to record 11 field goals in their last four games.


Best value: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers will be facing a Chargers’ squad that is quickly falling apart. The Chargers’ line is a mess and they are allowing sacks by the boatload while turning over the ball several times as well.

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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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