Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 6: QBs You Must Start

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 14, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 7:   Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos leaves the field after a loss against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Five weeks into the 2012 NFL season, a handful of quarterbacks have been surprisingly strong fantasy performers in the early going. 

On's Fantasy Scoring Leaders, up near the top are the usual suspects like Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Tom Brady, but joining them are young guns like Robert Griffin III, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton.

With all the young starting quarterbacks in the league, it was difficult to gauge how they would each handle the pressure, but with five weeks in the books, it's becoming more clear which players will be consistent fantasy dynamos, and which will be less reliable. 

Heading into Week 6, here are a few of the quarterbacks you should be starting. 


Andy Dalton

With the Bengals taking on their cross-state rivals in Cleveland, Andy Dalton should be counted on to have a big day against the 0-5 Browns. 

Thus far, Dalton's tossed nine touchdown passes and will be good for at least two more on Sunday, maybe more. Considering how bad the Browns' defense has been through the first five games of the season, Dalton is a must-start in Week 6.


Matt Ryan

With Matt Ryan's Falcons taking on the Raiders in Atlanta, Matty Ice will be among the weekend's top performers and will add to his already impressive 13 touchdown passes. 

The Raiders are among the league's worst defenses on the ground and through the air, and are allowing over 280 passing yards a game going into Week 6. 

Ryan has been dynamite all year long for the undefeated Falcons. Expect him to have another huge game on Sunday. 


Peyton Manning

Last week, Peyton Manning and the Broncos fell short against the Patriots, but it wasn't due to the play of the future Hall of Fame quarterback, as Manning threw three touchdowns in the loss. 

So far, the Broncos' record hasn't been indicative of Manning's play, as the four-time MVP has passed for just under 1500 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

On Monday night against the Chargers, who currently own one of the league's worst pass defenses, Manning will be good for at least two touchdowns and well over 250 passing yards.