Fantasy Football Stud Performance: Andrew Luck
Coming into Thursday night’s matchup with the league’s worst team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Andrew Luck was 8th in fantasy points for quarterbacks in standard leagues. Luck has established himself as an every week fantasy starter, and is trending upward now that he 3 games over .500. Thursday night, Luck put on another impressive show. Yes, Jacksonville is horrible, but he did what good quarterbacks do against bad teams; bury them.
Luck ended the night with 227 yards passing and 2 rushing touchdowns. The Jags made Luck look like a 10 year veteran all night. As he has done all year, Luck maneuvered and hung in the pocket with great poise. To make things worse, the Jaguars were missing top corner Rashean Mathis with a groin injury. A major source of fantasy production for Luck owners has surprisingly not come from his arm. Some valuable points have come from his rushing touchdowns. He leads his team in this stat, and after Thursday he is currently 1 rushing TD behind Robert Griffin III. The 2 tonight were gladly taken by owners.
What makes Luck even more interesting are his upcoming match ups. Next week he will play a New England Patriots defense that has allowed over 2 passing touchdowns per game and 281 yards through the air per game. After that of the next 6 games of the fantasy season, he will only face 2 top 10 pass defenses, the Detroit Lions in Week 13 and the Houston Texans in Week 15.
The Colts have a special talent on their hands. Luck’s pocket presence and composure alone are incredible. And the Colts offensive line is not the anything to write home about. I’ll leave you with this stat that struck me during the telecast on Thursday: Luck has the most passing yards through his first 9 games than any other quarterback to play the game. He’s a stud, and fantasy owners, especially those in keeper leagues, have a gem on their hands.