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Fantasy Football 2013: Colts at Chargers Week 6 Preview

Indianapolis Colts (4-1) at San Diego Chargers (2-3)

Monday, October 14, 8:40 PM (ET)

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Closing out the Week 6 NFL slate will be the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers on “Monday Night Football,” which seems like it’ll be a pretty good game. The Colts (4-1) will be coming into Qualcomm Stadium on a high, fresh off a big win over Seattle in Week 5. The Chargers (2-3), meanwhile, will be trying to get back on track again after a tough loss against Oakland.
As you might expect, there will be plenty of fantasy considerations in this one which will decide many owners’ fates for the current week. With that in mind, let’s take a look a the noteworthy fantasy names on each side and see if we can determine what to expect from our rosters on Monday.

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: In the Week 5 victory over Seattle, Luck utilized the deep ball to generate some much-needed offense. He found T.Y. Hilton for a 73-yard bomb in the first quarter, then again later on a 29-yard hookup. That sounds pretty good, but he ended up with a pretty “meh” game: 229 yards and the two scores on 16-for-29 passing. Overall, Luck has had a lot of “meh” this season; he’s yet to really break out. Still, he’s an every-week starter.

Fantasy Football 2013: Colts at Chargers Week 6 Preview

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Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers has been a hot fantasy pickup off the waiver wire over the past few weeks. He showed why in the Chargers’ loss in Week 5, posting 411 yards and two touchdowns. On the other hand, he also tossed three interceptions, so it wasn’t all roses and lemonade. That said, Rivers has been pretty great for the fantasy level he’s been placed on. He makes a nice fill-in for this game.

Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The former Browns star Richardson has yet to really stretch his legs for his new team. Indy just doesn’t use him like that. He hasn’t topped 60 yards rushing yet, and has just one catch. Richardson does have a couple of touchdowns, however, so he’s been helping out fantasy owners there. We hate to say it, but you might want to examine your other options. If you’ve got something else, you may want to consider switching out.

Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers: There are all sorts of fantasy concerns surrounding Mathews this week. He left Week 5 with a concussion, and didn’t do much before that: three carries for eight yards. Fellow RB Danny Woodhead seems to be getting much more of the team’s attention, leaving Mathews as just an afterthought. If he can manage to come back this week--which will be a tall order in itself--we still don’t trust him all that much for a fantasy start.

Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Just like last year, it seems Wayne has been one of the more consistent fantasy-wideouts so far this season. He’s coming off a six-catch, 65-yard outing against a tough Seattle defense, and will get a nice matchup against the Chargers. Their secondary allowed touchdowns to two Oakland receivers in Week 5, so Wayne has a good chance at another solid outing. Leave him in your lineup with confidence.

Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: The Chargers receiving corps has shown a few flashes of brilliance from lesser-known names here and there, but Gates has been the lone standout. He snagged seven balls last week for 74 yards, but couldn’t get into the end zone in the loss. Gates does have a couple of 100-plus-yard games to his credit this year, so he could go off at any time. He’s an obvious must-start every week.

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