2014 Fantasy Football: Don’t Worry About Andrew Luck’s Playoff Struggles
In his sophomore season, Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck enjoyed another respectable fantasy football campaign. Luck finished with the exact same number of passing touchdowns (23) as he had in his rookie season and his 60.2 % Completion Percentage was much higher than the 54.1% he totaled in 2012.
However, the former Stanford standout didn’t exactly perform well in the NFL Playoffs this year. In the team’s two playoff games, Luck threw an uninspiring seven interceptions and completed just 56.9% of his passes. It wasn’t exactly the most promising performance heading into next season and it has left a sour taste in the mouths of many fantasy owners.
It wasn’t all bad for Luck in the playoffs, as he was still able to post respectable passing numbers in his two lackluster playoff games. He put up 443 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wildcard Round and 331 yards against the New England Patriots. He may have been picked off a couple times too many, but he still was able to rack up yardage and throw six total touchdowns.
When it comes down to it, Luck simply didn’t have much support down the stretch this season. The team lost Pro Bowl WR Reggie Wayne in the middle of the year and the blockbuster trade to bring in RB Trent Richardson proved to be less than fruitful. Luck was constantly having to throw the ball against a packed secondary and it certainly had an impact on his numbers.
Indy will look completely different next season, though, as Wayne will be returning to the lineup 100% healthy and Richardson will have an entire off-season to pick up the offense. Luck will have a much stronger supporting cast in 2014 and his fantasy numbers should improve as a result.
Luck has shown enough in his first two fantasy seasons to be a weekly starter, so don’t fooled by his subpar playoff run. He should have no problem throwing another 20-plus touchdowns next season and I fully expect him to once again eclipse the 4,000-yard plateau.
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