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October 27, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 8

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to Week 8
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Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, 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 is settling into quite a groove of late and it should continue this week when the Packers take on the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars.

You see, the Jaguars will be playing on the road in Green Bay and they are ill-equipped to come close to containing Rodgers in this matchup. The Jaguars rank 24th in pass defense, allowing 264.5 passing yards allowed.

In short, Rodgers should have a field day.

Under the radar find: Ben Roethlisberger- Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben has been solid but not spectacular this year. However, with a matchup at home this week against the Washington Redskins, Roethlisberger can be an excellent option.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers will be taking on a Redskins’ squad that is awful against the pass, ranking last in the league while allowing 328 passing yards per game.

With Robert Griffin III on the other side, expect this game to move quickly with each team getting good chances to put points on the board.

Hail Mary option:  Sam Bradford- St. Louis Rams

Cheerio mates!

The annual NFL game in London this year will be between the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams. This contest should turn into a pass-fest, as both teams are weak against the pass. That should bode well for Bradford’s chances for success.

The Patriots rank 29th against the pass (allowing 290 yards per game) and with Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens stepping up of late, Bradford has the chance to rack up the points. Besides, the Patriots could jump out to a big lead and that will force Bradford and the Rams to sling the ball out of necessity.


LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles, RB

Worth the Bucks: LeSean McCoy- Philadelphia Eagles

McCoy has been solid this year but nowhere near dominant. But this could be the week McCoy explodes.

With the Falcons allowing 143.8 rushing yards in the league, ranking 28th in the league, McCoy should be given every opportunity to run loose in this game. McCoy has just as good playmaking ability in the league as anyone and with the Falcons more likely to key in on Michael Vick and the Eagles’ passing game, expect McCoy to run wild.

Under the radar find: Reggie Bush- Miami Dolphins

Bush is the engine that drives the Dolphins’ offense and he should have himself a solid day when he and the Dolphins travel to New York to take on the Jets.

The Jets rank 30th in rushing yards allowed (147.7) and the Dolphins will ride Bush as long as they can. With the passing game stuck in neutral for the Dolphins, expect them to feed Bush early and often.

Hail Mary option:  Alex Green- Green Bay Packers

This is a Paul Greco special and there is a good chance that Green could have himself quite a productive day.

Green has two things working in his favor.

First, he will be taking on a Jaguars’ defense that allows 147.3 rushing yards per game (29th in the league).

Second, the Packers should build a big lead in this game and Green could be used to grind out the clock.


Worth the Bucks:  Jordy Nelson- Green Bay Packers

With Greg Jennings missing games of late (and now headed for surgery), Nelson is undoubtedly Aaron Rodgers’ number one target in the passing game.

As I stated before, the Jags’ pass defense will be no match for Rodgers, and Nelson should be the primary beneficiary on the afternoon.

Eric Decker, Denver Broncos, WR

Under the radar find: Eric Decker- Denver Broncos

The Saints-Broncos affair on Sunday night could be the shootout of all shootouts and if I were you I would load up on plenty of Saints and Broncos players this week. Thus this makes Decker an awesome selection this week.

The Saints are a horrible defense from top to bottom and they allow 319 receiving yards per game (ranking second to last in the league) while also giving up 12 touchdowns through the air.

With Decker having scored in three straight games, there is a great chance that streak extends to four this weekend.

Hail Mary Option: Titus Young- Detroit Lions

While the matchup with the Seahawks is not ideal, Young has the chance for increased targets with Nate Burleson going down with a season-ending injury.

With the Seahawks likely rolling most of their coverage toward Calvin Johnson, perhaps Young could get loose for a few big plays.

Plus, Young is coming off his finest performance of the year when he hauled in six catches for 81 yards on the road in Chicago.


Worth the bucks:  Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots

“Gronk” is coming off a two-touchdown performance last week and is rapidly getting more involved in the passing game for the Pats, as he has 12 receptions for 139 yards in his last two games.

The Rams, who allow 245.7 receiving yards per game, are so-so against the pass. Expect Tom Brady to try and expose the Rams through the air considering the Rams are a lot better at stopping the run, ranking 10th in the league against the run (allowing 98.9).

Under the radar find: Jason Witten- Dallas Cowboys

Although he had a underwhelming game last week (six receptions for 44 yards), Witten was starting to get on track the previous two weeks (19 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown).

Over the years the Giants have had trouble containing tight ends and this year the Giants rank 21st against the pass while allowing 253.3 passing yards per game. Expect the Giants to get pressure on the banged up Cowboys’ offensive line and thus making Witten a good dump-off option.

Hail Mary option:  Brandon Myers- Oakland Raiders

While he is not a scoring or yardage beast, Myers is somehow always involved in the passing game for the Raiders.

Myers’ 28 receptions rank 8th among tight ends and sooner or later those receptions should translate into touchdowns.

Perhaps that time will come this Sunday when the Raiders take on the Chiefs. The Chiefs allow 224.5 passing yards per game (which ranks 13th in the league)


Best value: Garrett Hartley- New Orleans Saints

For a minimum-priced kicker who should have plenty of chances to put points on the board, you can’t go wrong with Hartley here.


Best value: Green Bay Packers

Just a smidge over the minimum price, the Packers should be worth the few extra bucks this week as they will be taking on a Jags’ offense (who rank last in total offense) that is now relying on a banged-up quarterback (Blaine Gabbert) and a back-up running back (Rashad Jennings).

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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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