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September 23, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 3

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 3
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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 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 all the while trying to 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: Drew Brees- New Orleans Saints

A game between a pair of 0-2 teams with neither team sporting a solid defense to speak of will probably mean lots of points on the board.

While Brees has not been that accurate or has helped his team win any games yet, he is still putting up the fantasy points, as he already has thrown for 664 yards and four touchdowns through two games-albeit with four picks as well.

Still, with Kansas City coming to town expect Brees to torch the Chiefs’ secondary, as they are giving up the most points to opposing quarterbacks thus far in the season.

Under the radar find: Alex Smith- San Francisco 49ers

Usually Smith is more of a game-manager and plays it safe on offense. But this could be the week he is let loose considering he is going up against the vulnerable Minnesota Vikings secondary.

The passing game is starting to evolve in San Francisco and Smith should have no trouble connecting with Vernon Davis, Randy Moss (making his return to Minnesota), Michael Crabtree and company. The Vikings have already let Blaine Gabbert and Andrew Luck to throw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns each. So, the chance for Smith to put up similar-or perhaps even better-numbers is likely.

Hail Mary option: Andy Dalton- Cincinnati Bengals

Dalton has one terrible performance (@Baltimore) and one good performance (vs. Cleveland) so far on the season. With a matchup at Washington up next, expect Dalton to be a solid option this week.

Last week vs. the Browns, Dalton passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns, so he’ll like to keep up the good momentum. Considering the Redskins have already allowed Drew Brees and Sam Bradford to pass for more than a combined 600 yards and six touchdowns, Dalton could be in line for a lot of points in a game likely to be a shootout.


Worth the Bucks: C.J. Spiller- Buffalo Bills

Spiller has been nothing short of sensational since getting the bulk of the carries after Fred Jackson went down early with an injury in their first game against the Jets. Spiller has already rushed for a staggering 292 yards while also reaching the end zone three times.

Don’t plan on Spiller slowing down, as he’ll take on a Brown’s squad that has already let LeSean McCoy and BenJarvus Green-Ellis run amok.

Under the radar find: Donald Brown- Indianapolis Colts

Brown has stumbled out of the gate, only rushing for 93 yards in two games. However, expect that trend to reverse when Brown faces off against the Jaguars at home this Sunday.

The Jaguars are nothing special, as they have allowed on average 161 rushing yards and 2.5 touchdowns in their first two games.

Look for the Colts to give Brown a healthy dose of carries on Sunday.

Hail Mary option: Mark Ingram- New Orleans Saints

In a game that I already stated could be a potential shootout and perhaps a blowout in favor of the Saints, Ingram could be used late in the game to grind out the clock.

Ingram is off to a slow start once again, but he did find pay dirt last week against the Panthers. The Chiefs have already given up two rushing scores this year, and there is a chance Ingram becomes an integral part of the game plan this week.


Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, WR

Worth the Bucks: Calvin Johnson- Detroit Lions

While he has not reached the end zone just yet, you can’t keep “Megatron” down for too long. That being said, this should be the week he finds pay dirt while also piling up the yardage too.

Johnson’s Week 2 opponent, the Titans, are 20th against the pass and have allowed five passing touchdowns thus far.

Simply put: Johnson is due.

Under the radar find: Malcom Floyd- San Diego Chargers

Quietly, but very effectively, Floyd is bursting onto the scene.

So far in two games, Floyd has 10 receptions for 175 yards and a score. This week Floyd and the Chargers will take on the Falcons, who have already given up two scores through the air and are mediocre against the pass (ranking 14th in the league).

There is every chance that this game can be as shootout as well and expect Phil Rivers to connect with his main wide-receiving target once again.

Hail Mary Option: Leonard Hankerson- Washington Redskins

With Pierre Garcon listed as doubtful, Hankerson could once again get loose and break off a big play like he did last week when he burned the Rams’ for a 68-yard touchdown.

Hankerson definitely has big-play ability and his role in Washington could be evolving. As long as Robert Griffin III is playing at his best, then Hankerson could be the beneficiary of some of his passes. Besides, Cincinnati has been pathetic against the pass having allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing teams.


Worth the bucks: Jimmy Graham-New Orleans Saints

As I have mentioned ad nauseam, the Saints-Chiefs contest has all the makings of a shootout and as long as I listed Brees as a player to target, it would be a disservice if I did not list Graham as the top tight end option.

Graham has scored in two straight games while racking up 156 yards receiving and there is no reason to think he won’t post similar numbers in Sunday’s game.

Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons, TE

Under the radar find: Tony Gonzalez- Atlanta Falcons

Also scoring in two straight games has been the grizzled vet Gonzalez.

The ageless wonder is still performing at a high level and in a game where a lot of points figure to go on the board, Gonzalez could be the safety blanket Matt Ryan continues to look for in the red zone.

Hail Mary option:  Fred Davis- Washington Redskins

Although he is off to a terrible start (four receptions for 52 yards), this could be the week Davis gets off the schneid.

As previously stated, the Bengals are nothing special against the pass and do allow the seventh most points against opposing tight ends.

This will finally be a home game for Davis and the Redskins and this could be the week Griffin III finally connects with Davis.


Best value: Garrett Hartley- New Orleans Saints

Points, points, points!

Did I go over that there will be lots of scoring in the Saints’ home game against the Chiefs yet? Lots of scoring opportunities and short fields should make Hartley a busy kicker on Sunday.


Best value: New Orleans Saints

While I’m expecting the Saints to put a lot of points, the Chiefs could be in for a long afternoon, as Matt Cassel could easily get rattled in this contest.

There should be ample opportunities for turnovers in this game and the Saints are as opportunistic as they come for pouncing on opposing teams’ mistakes


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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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