Fantasy Football 2015: Patriots at Colts Week 6 Preview
New England Patriots (4-0) at Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Sunday, October 18, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the weekend NFL action in Week 6 on “Sunday Night Football,” we’ve got a great-looking matchup in store between the Patriots and Colts. New England (4-0) is coming off a trouncing of the Cowboys, while Indianapolis (3-2) beat the Texans by seven this past Thursday.
Let’s check out a few of the big-time fantasy football names who will be on the field for this one and see what we might be expecting from our rosters in Week 6.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Brady came away with a great line in Week 5, easily overpowering the Cowboys. He’d finish with 275 yards and two touchdowns, with another score on a 1-yard plunge.
Brady’s been playing with a chip on his shoulder this season, which is great news for his fantasy owners (who probably got him at a discount in the draft). He’s a must-start in any format.
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Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: After it looked like Luck would end up playing in Week 5 against the Texans, Matt Hasselbeck ended up taking the reins again. He played well, too, resulting in 213 yards and a pair of scores.
We can only assume that Luck’s shoulder will be healthy enough for him to play this Sunday, as we doubt old man Hasselbeck will be able to keep up with Brady. Luck will definitely be someone to watch in practice this week.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots: As most veteran fantasy football owners know, it’s near impossible to predict what happens in the Patriots backfield. Lewis got only six carries for 34 yards to LeGarrette Blount’s 13 totes for 74 yards.
That said, Lewis also brought in eight receptions for 59 yards and a score, so he was the winner on this day. He’s been a fixture in the passing game, and for that reason he’s in the flex conversation for Week 6.
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: We were only moderately high on Gore coming into the Texans game, but he proved to have a nice fantasy week. He posted 98 yards and a score on 22 carries, easily reaching double-digits.
Gore is much more valuable when he’s participating in the passing game, but that’s been pretty tough to predict so far. Still, he’s a solid flex and maybe an RB2 for this game.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Gronkowski was strangely quiet for much of the Cowboys game, hauling in four receptions for 67 yards. In comparison, Julian Edelman posted four grabs for 120 and a TD.
Gronkowski is still far and away the top tight end in fantasy. He’ll buoy you more often than he’ll burn you, and should get back into the end zone here.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton hasn’t quite been the dynamo we all expected this season. He’s coming off five catches for 88 yards in Week 5, and is still searching for a touchdown and a 100-yard game.
Hilton has always been something of a home-run reliant receiver in fantasy, and just hasn’t come up with that long TD catch yet. He’s still a starter, just temper your expectations a bit.
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