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| Andrew Luck rebounded quite nicely from his injury plagued 2015 season to finish last season as a top five fantasy quarterback. Luck's ceiling is tantalizing and over the past three seasons, he has averaged just over 26 fantasy points per game and has never averaged less than 21 fantasy points per contest.
The Colts offense boasts quality pass catchers in T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief as well as a solid all around tight end in Jack Doyle. Additionally, the holes on the defensive side of the ball (ranked 30th in yards allowed and 22nd in points allowed) should keep Luck throwing the ball deep into games this year. It is rare to consider more passing attempts as a negative but when you factor in an offensive line that allowed its quarterbacks to be sacked the fifth most in the league this scenario represents the exception to the rule. Asking a subpar offensive line to pass block more in 2017 increases the injury risk of a player that has yet to begin throwing after off-season shoulder surgery. Luck's delayed rehab schedule may cause him to miss a good chunk of training camp; possibly lingering into the regular season. It's too soon to move Luck outside the top ten quarterbacks but he carries significant risk for a fantasy player routinely being forecast as a top five player at his position. Scott Tolzien is slated to hold the clipboard this year so the Colts are truly pushing their luck at the NFL's most demanding position.
UPDATE 8/7/17: Andrew Luck has been placed on the preseason PUP list by the Colts as he continues to rehab from offseason shoulder surgery. The surgery on Luck's throwing shoulder isn't taking longer than a typical recovery, but it does mean that the optimistic six-month schedule is not happening either. It's too early to know whether Luck is in danger of opening the regular season on the PUP list but fantasy owners should be aware of that possibility prior to taking him in drafts this season. The team's lack of movement to bring in an experienced backup quarterback hints at how the team expects Luck's availability to play out. It is doubtful that the Colts would be willing to ride Scott Tolzien for a month or more into the year without adding another worthwhile NFL quarterback to learn the offense and be the team's backup to open the year. More likely, Luck avoids the PUP, misses two or three games to build strength in his throwing shoulder and gives fantasy owners top ten fantasy numbers for about three quarters of the fantasy season.
|Colts expected to hire Josh McDaniels|
Strong relationship between GM Ballard and McDaniels
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Jan 15, 2:45 pm
|Josh McDaniels is expected to accept a head coaching offer from the Colts, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Previous reports suggested McDaniels would prefer to land in Tennessee but it appears he will be headed to Indianapolis join the Colts as their new head coach. A healthy Andrew Luck would go a long way in helping McDaniels get off to a smooth start in Indy. Official offer will have to wait until the Patriots are out of the playoffs.
| Colts place Andrew Luck on IR|
Out for the year
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Nov 2, 1:00 pm
|The #Colts have made a decision: QB Andrew Luck is going on Injured Reserve. His 2017 is over before it began. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If you haven't already dropped Andrew Luck, you may do so now. Luck will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a setback a few weeks ago with his injured shoulder. Luck will continue seeking medical opinions in hopes of returning to the field in 2018. Jacoby Brissett will continue to start at quarterback for the Colts.