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October 7, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 5

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 5
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Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, 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:  Aaron Rodgers- Green Bay Packers

Rodgers finally found his groove when he passed for 319 yards and four touchdowns last week against the Saints.

In Rodgers’ first three games he was opposed by some pretty intimidating defenses in the 49ers, Bears and the Seahawks. But the Saints were the antidote to get his game going and the Colts, who are middle of the pack against the pass, should be no match for the Packers and their vertical attack this week.

Under the radar find: Andy Dalton- Cincinnati Bengals

Don’t look now but Dalton ranks as the 10th best quarterback for fantasy purposes. Dalton has now thrown for 890 yards with eight touchdowns in his last three games.

With A.J. Green at his disposal (as well as emerging threats in Andrew Hawkins, Armon Binns and Jermaine Gresham), Dalton is taking his game to a new level this year. It’s time to start buying in.

Dalton and the Bengals will face Miami this week and the Dolphins have already allowed Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer and Kevin Kolb to each pass for over 300 yards. With the Dolphin’s strong at stopping the run, expect Dalton and the Bengals to keep airing it out.

Hail Mary option: Alex Smith- San Francisco 49ers

While the 49ers can beat the Bills by feeding Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter a lot and relying on its stout defense, this could be the week the 49ers open up the playbook and allow Smith to take some shots downfield.

The Bills have already allowed three quarterbacks (Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassel and Tom Brady) to pass for over 250 yards and throw at least  two touchdowns against them. The Bills’ defense is a mess and Smith can exploit them if given the chance.


Worth the Bucks: Ray Rice- Baltimore Ravens

I’m not telling you anything new when I say Rice is the Ravens’ offense.

Rice should set the tone for the Ravens in their game against the Chiefs, as the Chiefs’ defense can stop no one on the ground these days. The Chiefs are allowing 102.5 rushing yards to opposing running backs and have allowed five total (three rushing) touchdowns as well.

After a week in which he only rushed for 49 yards, Rice should get right back on track with this juicy matchup.

Under the radar find: Alfred Morris- Washington Redskins

Mike Shanahan finally has a running back he can count on in D.C. There should be no more running back shenanigans in the nation’s capital anymore.

Considering Atlanta, the Redskins’ opponent this week, is 29th against the rush and has already allowed four rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs, Morris makes for a solid pick.

Hail Mary option: Jackie Battle- San Diego Chargers

Now that Battle has cemented a permanent role with the club while acting as San Diego’s preferred running back in the red zone, he makes for a good low-end buy these days.

Sure, Ryan Mathews is still the unquestioned main running back in San Diego but Battle won’t be phased out anytime soon.

You can’t argue with the fact that Battle has four total touchdowns already and with the Saints allowing six touchdowns (five rushing) to opposing running backs, Battle could easily find the end zone in this affair.


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

Green is perhaps the best wide receiver right in football right now. No, I didn’t forget about Calvin Johnson, but the stats don’t lie.

Green now ranks tied for sixth in receptions (27), second in receiving yards (428) and is one receiving touchdown behind the league-leader of four.

Green will be facing a Dolphins’ team that is allowing the seventh most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. With Dalton clicking, Green should be in for yet another banner day.

Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens, WR

Under the radar find: Torrey Smith- Baltimore Ravens

With Joe Flacco starting to spread his wings, Smith’s game is starting to take flight too.

After a few rough weeks and a personal tragedy to overcome, Smith is looking more and more like the real deal. Smith has 12 receptions for 224 yards receiving with three scores in his last two games.

Kansas City, Smith’s opponent in Week 5, is vulnerable against the pass, as wide receivers have been averaging 126.8 yards receiving against the Chiefs while also scoring five touchdowns.

Hail Mary Option:  Malcom Floyd- San Diego Chargers

In what figures to be a shootout, Floyd should be able to get loose for a few big plays on Sunday when the Chargers take on the Saints.

The Saints have a horrible defense and seem like a disheveled unit after “Bounty Gate.” The Saints are allowing the fourth most points to opposing wide receivers.

In a game that likely figures to be light on defense, all signs point towards Floyd having a breakout performance.


Worth the bucks:  Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots

After being so-so (at least by “Gronk” standards) in the first three weeks, Gronkowski really broke out last week when he hauled in five catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Things should only get easier for “Gronk” with the Broncos coming to town. Denver has already allowed three touchdowns to tight ends, and Gronkowski should have no trouble finding receiving room in this contest.

Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers, TE

Under the radar find: Jermichael Finley- Green Bay Packers

With the Packers returning to their high-flying ways last week against the Saints, Finley could do some damage in his matchup against the Colts on the road.

Aaron Rodgers still targets Finley a lot and Finley does have at least four receptions in his first four games. The Colts have not been challenged by many good tight ends thus far, and Finley could be the target of some red zone looks.

Hail Mary option: Dennis Pitta- Baltimore Ravens

Although he got shutout last weekend, Pitta showed too much promise early on to abandon hope.

As stated before the Chiefs are vulnerable against the pass and they have also allowed three tight ends (Tony Gonzalez, Scott Chandler and Jimmy Graham) to score against them.


Best value: Mike Nugent- Cincinnati Bengals

Nugent has at least two field goals in three of his four games this year and with the Bengals expected to move the ball against the Dolphins at home this week, he makes for a cheap kicker in daily leagues.


Best value: Houston Texans

The Texans have turned into one of the most feared defensive units in the league and are Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene and Jeremy Kerley going to scare them? The 49ers (an equally imposing defense) shut out the Jets last week and forced four turnovers. This game could be a repeat of last Sunday.

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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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