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September 15, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 2

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 2
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Arian Foster, Houston Texans, RB

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 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 types (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

Once again, Brady is the man to target if you want to get results at a premium cost.

The Cardinals will be no match for Brady and the Pats this week. While the Cardinals have to travel across country for a 1:00 ET game, Brady will be playing at home and should have a breeze connecting with Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd.

Under the radar find: Andrew Luck- Indianapolis Colts

While it’s tough to ride a rookie, Luck has an awesome matchup this week against the Vikings at home this Sunday.

If Blaine Gabbert can throw for 260 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings, there is no telling how good Luck could be on Sunday.

Although Luck threw three interceptions last Sunday, do realize that was in Chicago against a great defense. Luck should find a comfort zone at home against the Vikes.

Hail Mary option: Josh Freeman- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Playing on the road against a good defense is not usually a recipe for Freeman to succeed, but in this game the Bucs could find themselves behind and he’ll have to air it out to keep up with the Giants.

Considering that the Giants’ corners are banged up and at this point unreliable, Freeman can exploit some weaknesses in the Giants’ secondary. As long as the Bucs’ O-Line can protect him, Freeman could be in for a solid afternoon.


Worth the Bucks: Arian Foster- Houston Texans

The almost-unanimous No. 1 overall fantasy selection quelled fears of his knee problem last week while rushing for two touchdowns in his game against the Dolphins.

The Jaguars will not stand in Foster’s way, as he has averaged 103.3 rushing yards against them in four games while also finding the end zone five times.

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

The “Law Firm” found the sledding tough on Monday night against the Ravens. However, with all due respect, the Browns are not the Ravens.

With Andy Dalton struggling on Monday night and being a bit banged up, they will want to ram the ball down the Browns’ throats. Green-Ellis should find plenty of room to operate on the Browns at home on Sunday.

Hail Mary option: Jonathan Stewart- Carolina Panthers

Now that Stewart is likely to play on Sunday, maybe he can jumpstart the anemic rushing attack for the Panthers. Considering DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert were only good for 1 net positive rushing yard on seven carries against the Buccaneers, Stewart may be in line for a good dose of carries on Sunday.

With Alfred Morris going for 96 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints last week, maybe Stewart can find the end zone vs. New Orleans and rack up some nice yardage too.

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals, WR


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

With Joe Haden suspended, Green should have a field day on Sunday.

As it is, Green has a solid history (scoring over double digits in both games vs. Cleveland last year) against the Browns and that should only continue on Sunday, as the Bengals make their home debut.

Under the radar find: Reggie Wayne- Indianapolis Colts

Well, I did mention Luck as a good option at quarterback, so it’s only fitting that I pump up Wayne’s game here as well.

Wayne was targeted an NFL-high 18 times last Sunday vs. the Bears while registering a solid stat line (nine catches for 135 yards). With the matchup more in Wayne’s favor this week, expect him to be a productive option once again and a good bet to score this time.

Hail Mary Option: Anquan Boldin- Baltimore Ravens

While the matchup in Philadelphia is less than ideal, Boldin could find some receiving room while the Eagles roll their coverage over to Torrey Smith and emerging tight end Dennis Pitta.

Joe Flacco looked like a completely different quarterback in Monday night’s game and he’ll like to keep that up and Boldin could be the beneficiary. Remember Boldin did score in Monday night’s game, as well as hauling in four receptions for 63 yards.


Worth the bucks: Jimmy Graham- New Orleans Saints

Just like Brady, Graham is once again labeled as the best option for his position, while narrowly edging out Rob Gronkowski.

Graham gets the edge since Brady has more targets to satisfy, while Graham is clearly the top target for Drew Brees.

History is also on Graham’s side. Last year Graham caught 16 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Panthers. What’s not to like?

Under the radar find: Jermaine Gresham- Cincinnati Bengals

Speaking of history, lets spotlight another tight end in Gresham who has a solid history against his opponent on Sunday, the Browns.

Gresham scored in both games against the Browns last year while also reeling in 11 catches for 126 yards. You could do a lot worse than Gresham and at his price of $4,900, he is a bargain.

Martellus Bennett, New York Giants, TE

Hail Mary option: Martellus Bennett- New York Giants

After scoring in last week’s game against the Cowboys, it looks like Bennett is forming a nice bond with Eli Manning.

While he won’t rack up many yards, Bennett provides Manning with a bog body in the red zone.


Best value: Garrett Hartley- New Orleans Saints

There should be a lot of points put on the board in the Saints’ game against the Panthers and Garrett should get his number called early and often.


Best value: Cincinnati Bengals

Did you see Brandon Weeden’s performance last week when he threw four interceptions and had a pathetic 5.1 passer rating?

Yeah, well now he’ll be on the road and will be tested in another fierce rivalry game against the Bengals. After a horrible outing on Monday, the Browns will prove to be the perfect antidote for the ailing Bengals defense.

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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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