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Best and Worst Colts Fantasy Football Options in Week Five

Looking at the value for Colts players in FanDuel's Fantasy Football this week.

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Andy Lyons

Every week, we're partnering with FanDuel to look at which Colts have the best and the worst value for this week's games. FanDuel is a weekly fantasy football site in which you're the general manager.  You have a salary cap of $60,000 and you have to try and assemble the best team possible under the cap.

In the past two weeks, we could basically just say that any Colts player was a good start in fantasy, but this week the Colts have a tough test against the Baltimore Ravens.  Who should you play in FanDuel's Fantasy Football this week from the Colts?  Let's take a look at where each key player is ranked.

Quarterback:

Andrew Luck, 1st overall QB, $10,000 value

Andrew Luck is the highest scoring player in fantasy football and the National Football League's leading passer, and for the second straight week he is ranked as the top option at quarterback and overall as well.  The Ravens pass defense is not ranked too highly in the league and the Colts passing offense is the best in the NFL.  Andrew Luck will be a good start week in and week out, and that includes this week.

Running Back:

Ahmad Bradshaw, 20th overall RB, $6,600 value

Trent Richardson, 22nd overall RB, $6,400 value

This is the highest Bradshaw has been ranked at the running back position this year, yet it's hard to argue with the production that he has gotten.  A lot of his fantasy points come through touchdowns, however, and while there's certainly a good chance that he could score this week, it's not certain.  Along the same lines, Trent Richardson is a bit of a risky start.  There are weeks when the Colts' running game gets going, but it's hard to predict when that will be.  If you're debating between these two players, however, the clear choice is Bradshaw.

Wide Receiver:

Reggie Wayne, 12th overall WR, $7,400 value

T.Y. Hilton, 26th overall WR, $6,700 value

Hakeem Nicks, 49th overall WR, $5,400 value

Reggie Wayne is incredible, and he's continuing to produce despite his age and the fact that he is coming off of a torn ACL.  Wayne has been the most consistent Colts wide receiver and with the terrific season that Andrew Luck is having Wayne would be a good start.  T.Y. Hilton got going last week as well, notching his first 100-yard game of the season, and we're still waiting for the game for him to completely breakout.  That could come this weekend, but regardless, Hilton is a solid start in fantasy.  Hakeem Nicks?  I wouldn't start him, because he doesn't really get the playing time to really be a reliable fantasy option.

Tight End:

Coby Fleener, 13th overall TE, $5,600 value

Dwayne Allen, 14th overall TE, $5,500 value

Both Colts tight ends are valued at about the same spot, which is accurate, and both are solid players to start.  The issue with them is that you just never know which week one of them is going to have a big game or who it is going to be.  A lot of that is dictated by the game, but the Colts are often intentional about getting both of them involved.

Kicker:

Adam Vinatieri, 1st overall K, $5,500

The top-rated kicker in FanDuel's Fantasy Football this week, Adam Vinatieri is having a terrific season and could be in for another big day on Sunday.  The Ravens defense, in terms of yards per game allowed, is not very good.  That means that the Colts should be able to move down the field on the D, getting into field goal range.  Given that the Ravens scoring defense is much better, there could be a likelihood of some field goal tries (which Vinny will likely hit).  And either way, we know the Colts are going to score - which means extra point tries for Vinatieri as well.

Defense:

Colts Defense, 3rd overall defense, $5,400 value

I wouldn't play the Colts defense.  I just wouldn't.  Not because I think the Ravens offense is so special to automatically avoid starting, but I don't think the Colts defense is that great and also we saw Steve Smith and the rest of the Ravens offense go off last week.  I expect Baltimore to score some points, and I'm not sure why the Colts are ranked as the third defense this week - I wouldn't start them.

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