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December 29, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 17

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 17
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Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, QB

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, 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:  Robert Griffin III- Washington Redskins

With the NFC East title on the line, expect Griffin to come out with his “A” game on Sunday night.

Considering he threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns the last time the two teams hooked up on Thanksgiving Day, Griffin should be locked in and looking to exploit the Cowboys through the air.

The Cowboys have regressed against the pass of late and now rank 21st against the pass, giving up 239.8 passing yards per game.

With all that said, RGIII should be in rare form on Sunday night.

Under the radar find: Phil Rivers- San Diego Chargers

With the Raiders’ defense looking awful of late, and Rivers on an upward trend, it’s easy to see Rivers airing it out in perhaps Norv Turner’s final game in San Diego.

Rivers has six touchdowns with no picks in his last three games. The Raiders have been prone to giving up big plays through the air and are allowing 242.3 passing yards per game (22nd in the NFL).

For the price of $6,900, Rivers could provide good bang for the buck.

Hail Mary option:  Chad Henne- Jacksonville Jaguars

If you have seen the Titans play this year, you know you can pass on them. The Titans currently rank 26th against the pass, allowing 247.4 yards per game while being tied for giving up the second-most passing touchdowns with 29.

Henne already had a fine performance against the Titans back in Week 12, when he threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Sure, Henne will be missing Cecil Shorts, but Justin Blackmon and Jordan Shipley should provide Henne with enough weapons to have a solid outing.


Worth the bucks:  Marshawn Lynch- Seattle Seahawks

Lynch is in full-on “Beast Mode” at the moment and the Rams should be no match for him on Sunday afternoon.

Lynch has seven total touchdowns in his last four games while also rushing for a whopping 439 yards during that span. Lynch will be going up against a Rams’ defense that is 16th against the rush, allowing 115.1 rushing yards per game.

The Seahawks will be looking to ride their current momentum into the playoffs and Lynch will certainly play a featured part of their plans on Sunday.

Shonn Greene, New York Jets, RB

Shonn Greene, New York Jets, RB

Under the radar find: Shonn Greene- New York Jets

Simply put, Greene is the Jets’ offense.

With shoddy quarterback play and a miserable receiving corps, everything the Jets do on offense goes through Greene.

Greene has been solid in the last couple of weeks, as he has 287 rushing yards in his last four games while reaching the end zone three times in the process. The Bills are putrid against the run. They rank last in the league against the rush, allowing 146.7 yards per game while also giving up a league-leading 23 touchdowns on the ground.

For $6,400, Greene is a good budget-conscious selection.

Hail Mary option: Mark Ingram- New Orleans Saints

As the season winds down, Ingram’s role with the Saints is increasing.

Ingram has now received over 13 carries in his last three games and has rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns in those games.

With the Panthers nothing special against the run (allowing 113.2 rushing yards per game), expect Ingram to get involved, making him a good candidate to score this week.


Worth the bucks:  Calvin Johnson- Detroit Lions

With the roll he is on, is there any doubt that Johnson is worth the price of $8,800?

It does not matter who the opponent is (although this week Johnson could have trouble with Charles Tillman of the Bears), Johnson will get his numbers.

Johnson is a freak of nature and, surely,  Matt Stafford will try to feed “Megatron” a ton in this game. You know the Lions will want to spoil the Bears’ playoff chances, and to win this game, the Lions will have to get Johnson heavily involved.

Under the radar find: Danario Alexander- San Diego Chargers

Besides laying an egg in Week 15, Alexander has been as good as any receiver in the last half of the season.

If you put aside his goose egg in Week 15, Alexander has scored in double-digits in his last six games, while scoring six touchdowns in his last seven games.

The Raiders have been burned through the air before and Alexander is a recommended play at the cheap price of $6,100.

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals,, WR

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals,, WR

Hail Mary option: Larry Fitzgerald- Arizona Cardinals

Wow! Imagine lumping together Fitzgerald’s name and the term “Hail Mary”? Shudder to think.

As most of you all already know, Fitzgerald’s season has gone downhill due to the anemic quarterback play in Arizona. However, Fitzgerald looked like his vintage self last week ,when he recorded eight catches for 111 yards with Brian Hoyer primarily the one getting him the ball.

Fitzgerald also has good history against the 49ers, having scored three times in his last four games against them. At the mere price of $5,700, he could be worth a shot this week.


Worth the bucks: Jimmy Graham- New Orleans Saints

If you’re going to spend money on a tight end, your best bet is going with Graham.

With Rob Gronkowski still out (or playing in a very limited capacity), Graham is the top dog this week and he has a good matchup to boot. Graham has scored double-digit fantasy points in the last four games he has played against the Panthers. Plus, the Panthers have allowed tight ends to score on them in three out of the last six weeks.

Under the radar find:  Antonio Gates- San Diego Chargers

Coming to life late in the season has been Gates, who has now scored in back-to-back weeks.

This week Gates will be going up against the Raiders, who have been torched by tight ends in the last couple of weeks. In their last seven games, the Raiders have allowed Joel Dreessen, Jermaine Gresham, Jimmy Graham and Dennis Pitta to score on them.

With the history Gates has against the Raiders, he’s well worth the $5,200 price tag.

Hail Mary option: Martellus Bennett- New York Giants

With the Giants’ faint playoff hopes on the line, expect them to try and outgun an out-manned Eagles’ squad.

Expect the Giants to pass a lot in this game considering that Ahmad Bradshaw is still running on a bum wheel.  While the Eagles have done well in guarding tight ends, expect this game to be a shootout with Bennett getting a good chunk of yardage and being a good candidate to score.

Besides, at $5,000, you would be saving a good deal of money by riding with Bennett.


Best value: Rob Bironas- Tennessee Titans

Again, I like going with a minimum-priced kicker and with a matchup against another defensively challenged Jaguars’ squad, there could be ample opportunities for Bironas to put up some points.


Best value: Buffalo Bills

Any time a minimum-priced defensive unit goes up against the Jets, I’m buying in. If the Chargers can get 11 sacks against the Jets, there is potential for the Bills to do some damage too.

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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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