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September 8, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to

2012 Fantasy Football: The Perfect Lineup- A guide to
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Tom Brady, New England Patriots, QB

Want a break from the week-to-week grind of the fantasy football season while trying to earn a quick buck?

Well, if you’re more into instant gratification and don’t want to wait a full year to claim your prize then the is just for you.

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What you do is fill out 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 while managing 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.

What more can you want?

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

With Brady about to face an undermanned and inexperienced Titans’ secondary, expect him to come out firing on all cylinders. If you want to go the safe route, Brady is as good as they come this weekend.

Under the radar find: Jay Cutler- Chicago Bears

I expect Jay Cutler to want make a statement this week. Now reunited with Brandon Marshall, I think Cutler will want to set the tempo by getting the passing game going and the Colts should be no match this week.

Hail Mary option: Jake Locker-Tennessee Titans

Considering how pathetic the Patriots secondary was last year plus the fact that the Titans will likely be playing from behind, I think Locker could accumulate some fine stats while connecting with Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Jared Cook.


Worth the Bucks: LeSean McCoy- Philadelphia Eagles

The Browns’ run defense is Swiss cheese and McCoy should absolutely carve them up on Sunday.

Under the radar find: DeAngelo Williams- Carolina Panthers

With Jonathan Stewart all but ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. the Bucs, Williams will be the beneficiary of increased carries and he could be in line for a nice day against a mediocre Bucs’ rush defense.

Hail Mary option: Jonathan Dwyer- Pittsburgh Steelers

With Rashard Mendenhall not likely to play and with Isaac Redman still a bit banged up (although he’ll likely play), there is a good chance that Dwyer could gain a few carries in Sunday’s night game vs. the Broncos. Dwyer has shown to have  a great nose for the goal line and could be worth the risk.


Worth the Bucks: Calvin Johnson- Detroit Lions

Best receiver+ going up against the porous Rams’ secondary= monster numbers.

Under the radar find: Torrey Smith- Baltimore Ravens

Smith has a brief history of burning the Bengals (he had 165 yards receiving and a touchdown in one game against Cincinnati last year) and he’s a good bet to get in the end zone on Monday night.

Hail Mary Option: Danny Amendola- St. Louis Rams

If you listen to Paul Greco, he’ll tell you to not sleep on the Ram’s offense this year. Now that Amendola and Sam Bradford are both healthy and are getting reacquainted with each other, they could be in line  for great things this year and that could start on Sunday with a good matchup with the Lions.


Worth the bucks: Jimmy Graham- New Orleans Saints

Graham is without a doubt Drew Brees’ #1 target and he’ll pick up where he left off last year with a home game against the new look but unstable Redskins.

Under the radar find: Brent Celek- Philadelphia Eagles

The Browns’ secondary is a great unit, but they’ll be busy keying in on DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, leaving Celek to find the soft spots in the passing lanes.

Hail Mary option: Dallas Clark- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Clark will want to make a good first impression with his new club and it is conceivable that he can connect with Josh Freeman as the Panthers will likely roll their coverage to Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. You can do a lot worse at his dollar value.


Best value: Nate Kaeding- San Diego Chargers

There should be a lot of points put on the board between the Chargers and the Raiders and Kaeding’s number should be called often.


Best value: Detroit Lions

The Lions should have no trouble with a Ram’s offense that is still a work in progress.


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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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