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December 16, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 15

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 15
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Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, QB

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, 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:  Drew Brees- New Orleans Saints

When Brees plays at home, he is almost a lock to put up monster numbers. As one of the league’s preeminent signal-callers, there is no real reason for me to trump him up here.

However, realize that Brees should have it real easy on Sunday, as he’ll be taking on a Buccaneers’ defense that is absolutely atrocious against the pass. The Bucs allow 311.6 passing yards per game, which ranks dead last in the league.

So, game at home + proven track record + going against inferior pass defense= huge afternoon for Brees.

Under the radar find: Carson Palmer- Oakland Raiders

On several occasions this year, Palmer has had some dynamite days while boasting some robust stat lines.  Sunday could be one of those days for Palmer.

Palmer and the Raiders will have the pleasure of hosting the hapless Chiefs this weekend. The Chiefs have been blitzed through the air all year long and are tied for fourth in giving up the most passing touchdowns (25) in the NFL.

With defense being optional in this contest, Palmer should be in line for a successful afternoon.

Hail Mary option:  Brandon Weeden- Cleveland Browns

When you look for a cheap quarterback, you usually look for good matchups. That’s why Weeden may be worth a flier this weekend.

You see, the Browns will be at home and will be taking on a Redskins’ team that has been gashed through the air this year. The Redskins allow 289.3 passing yards per game (31st in the league) while also have given up 27 touchdowns (tied for most in the NFL) via the pass this year.

At $6,000, Weeden could provide great bang for your buck.


Worth the bucks:  Doug Martin- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin just continues to have an amazing rookie season. There appears to be no proverbial rookie wall for Martin, as he is fresh off a 128-yard, one touchdown performance last week against the Eagles.

Martin should keep it going with a matchup tailor made for his exploits, as he and the Bucs will be going up against the Saints. The Saints allow a league-worst 152.4 rushing yards per game. In his last game against the Saints in Week 7, Martin ran for a respectable 85 yards and one touchdown.

Between the running game and the passing game, Martin should be all over the place on Sunday.

Under the radar find: David Wilson- New York Giants

With the news that Ahmad Bradshaw will be out, the rushing workload for the Giants will now apparently fall on the rookie shoulders of Wilson.

Wilson had his coming-out party last week against the Saints, when he ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns while also racking up 227 return yards. And Wilson will have another good matchup this Sunday. Wilson and the Giants will be facing a Falcons’ squad that allows 127 rushing yards per game (23rd in the league). The Falcons have also allowed the fifth-most rushing touchdowns (14) in the league.

When you factor in the fact that return touchdowns are worth six points, Wilson is an ideal No. 2 running back to bank on this week.

Hail Mary option:  DeAngelo Williams- Carolina Panthers

Granted the matchup (up against the Chargers and their 4th ranked rushing defense) is brutal for Williams, but as the lead back for the Panthers and going for $5,100, Williams is a great cost-conscious pick.

Williams is coming off a solid performance last week against the Falcons in which he rushed for 56 yards and caught two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

It may be a big gamble, but if he could repeat the numbers that he had last week, Williams would provide huge value at a very cheap price.


Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR

Worth the bucks:  Vincent Jackson- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Just as bad as the Saints are against the rush, they are as equally bad against the pass. Hence that is why Jackson is a great pick for this week’s game.

The Saints allow a whopping 284.5 passing yards per game (30th in the league) while also giving up the most passing touchdowns in the league (27-tied with the Redskins).

When you also factor in Jackson’s last game against the Saints in Week 7 in which he recorded a staggering 217 receiving yards and a touchdown on six catches, Jackson is definitely worth the bucks this week.

Under the radar find: Lance Moore- New Orleans Saints

In a game that figures to be a shootout, “Indoor” Lance Moore is a quality option to target as No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver this week.

As I previously mentioned, the Bucs are the worst unit against the pass (311.6 passing yards per game) and with the way Moore plays indoors, he is worth purchasing at $6,000.

In his six games indoors this year, Moore has racked up 526 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 29 catches.

Hail Mary option: Darrius Heyward-Bey- Oakland Raiders

For the reasons I said Palmer was a good play, the same can be said for Heyward-Bey.

The Chiefs can be exploited in the air and when Palmer lets it fling, Heyward-Bey should be the recipient of many of Palmer’s targets.

The last time Heyward-Bey faced the Chiefs in Week 8, he scored a touchdown. So, at the price of $5,500, you could do a lot worse than taking a chance on DHB.


Worth the bucks:  Jimmy Graham- New Orleans Saints

It seems like every other player mentioned here is a Buccaneer or Saint, so why not mention Graham?

As said ad nauseam, expect a lot of points on the board in the Saints/Buccaneers contest considering how bad both squads are at defensing the pass. If you want to spend some big money on a tight end, there is not a better option than Graham.

Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders, TE

Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders, TE

Under the radar find: Brandon Myers- Oakland Raiders

Although he put up a stinker last week against the Broncos in which he made only one catch for seven yards, Myers has been playing too good to be going for the reasonable price of $5,700.

In his previous five games, Myers had piled up 338 receiving yards to go along with four touchdowns. With a matchup against the Chiefs on deck, Myers should get back to posting quality numbers. The Chiefs allow the 13th most points to tight ends, so expect Myers to be an active participant in the Raiders’ plans.

Hail Mary option:  Tony Scheffler- Detroit Lions

At $4,700, Scheffler will provide you with a very cost-effective tight end to count on in daily contests this week.

With Brandon Pettigrew doubtful to play and the Lions already down Ryan Broyles and Titus Young, Scheffler should see a huge increase in targets in the Lions’ game against the Cardinals. Scheffler has been solid in the last three weeks, hauling in 11 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown. Just last week Scheffler was targeted 10 times.

When you add all that up, Scheffler is great bargain this week.


Best value: Nick Folk- New York Jets

I’m going back to the well with Folk here since he is the best minimum-priced kicker listed. Plus, the Jets will be going up against a bad defense in the Titans and that could lead to good field position for Folk and the Jets.


Best value: Detroit Lions

Seriously, have you seen the Cardinals’ offense of late? While the Lions are no juggernaut, they should feast on the Cardinals up front and force Ryan Lindley into many mistakes. For the minimum price they are going for, the Lions’ defense is a must-start this week.

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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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