INDIANAPOLIS --- We here at Colts.com enjoy our fantasy football, but we would not have predicted before the season that we'd be this accurate so far with our Start 'Em, Sit 'Em advice. We went 5-for-6 last week, bringing our season accuracy rate up to 83.3%. In the fantasy world, that's elite level prognostication (#humblebrag).
Not only that, one of our picks last week went KABOOM (see Andre Ellington vs. Denver). Ben Tate and Philip Rivers didn't do so badly either, and we hammered home the point that you're starting Andrew Luck no matter the opponent (22 fantasy points vs. the Ravens formerly #2 scoring defense).
So, let's keep it rolling going into week 6. We're diving a little deeper this time around, trying to double down on our hot streak of fantasy advice…
WEEK 6 START 'EM
Steve Andress: Justin Hunter (Titans WR, vs. Jaguars) --- Hunter finally had his breakout game week 5 against the Browns with 3 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown, after doing almost nothing the first month of the season. Most importantly though, Hunter played the most snaps of any Titans wide receiver last week (97%, 66/68 snaps). I still don't trust Hunter to be consistent on a weekly basis, but this one is all about the opponent this week. The Jaguars are 28th against opposing fantasy receivers. Hunter is a great upside flex play this week.
Kevin Bowen: Chris Ivory (Jets RB, vs. Broncos) --- You have to hope the Jets don't get behind too quickly and abandon the run, but Ivory is a good flex play for the same reason Steve picked Andre Ellington against the Broncos last week. Denver, believe it or not, is 29th against opposing fantasy running backs. When the Jets have decided to give Ivory the ball, good things have happened with 5.4 yards per carry and 10+ yards per reception.
Jim Sorgi: Justin Forsett (Ravens RB, @ Buccaneers) --- Forsett is the #8 RB in standard scoring and #5 RB in PPR leagues. He's become not only the only consistent option in the Ravens' offense but one of the more consistent options in fantasy football. He plays one of the bottom-10 teams against opposing fantasy running backs in Tampa Bay. Did you see what Pierre Thomas did to the Bucs last week? Did we mention Forsett is 4th among RBs with 23 receptions?
WEEK 6 SIT 'EM
Steve: Brian Quick (Rams WR, vs. 49ers) --- I know, I know, I know. Quick has been the surprise star among fantasy wide receivers. I hate the match-up this week. The 49ers defense is much better than Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Dallas, and Philadelphia. Those are the four teams Quick has piled up stats on through the first month. This is his biggest challenge. If he does it here, Quick is a guy you have to start every week for the rest of the season, but I'm benching him for week 6. San Francisco has not surrendered a touchdown to opposing wide receivers in the past two weeks. In those games, the leading receivers had 57 and 50 yards, respectively. Temper your expectations for Quick in week 6.
Kevin: Matthew Stafford (Lions QB, @ Vikings) --- I never thought I'd be benching Stafford this early and against the Vikings defense. Calvin Johnson is banged up. Stafford has posted less than 15 fantasy points in three of his five starts, and the Vikings are top-10 against opposing fantasy quarterbacks.
Jim: Tony Romo (Cowboys QB, @ Seahawks) --- In two games on the road this year, Romo has thrown for only 176 and 217 yards...and this is Seattle. The Seahawks secondary has been susceptible to the big play at times this year, but I think we see a performance closer to what we saw from Aaron Rodgers' struggles in Seattle week 1. I'd find an alternative at quarterback to Romo week 6.
(No Colts Fantasy pick of the week with Thursday Night Football)