Andrew Luck: Why Rookie QB Is Fantasy Starter in Week 6 vs. Jets

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has become a borderline fantasy QB1, depending on the matchup. Luck's game this Sunday against the Jets, especially, has the look of fantasy gold.

Luck has thrown for 300 yards in three out of his four career starts, not to mention a touchdown in all of them.

Got Drew Brees or Cam Newton on a bye week? Have no fear in the No. 1 pick from this year’s draft. No need to go scouring the waiver wire for Sam Bradford or Josh Freeman.

Luck has been put in a position most rookies would dread. Instead, he not only has his Colts at 2-2, but he’s doing it with some fantasy zeal.

Nevermind the fact that Luck will take the field with three, possibly four rookies at one time (Vick Ballard, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen and T.Y. Hilton), rookies have been playing out of their mind this season, especially in fantasy land.

Not to mention those five first-year players help make up the sixth-best passing offense in the NFL. Who would’ve thought?

The Jets will try to counter Luck’s passing prowess with their sixth-ranked pass defense. Those numbers are skewed, though, due to Darrelle Revis’ presence in the Jets' first two games.Their defense isn’t nearly the same with Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson left on an island to guard wideouts.

Luck will especially look to target Wilson whenever possible. If Wayne has a one-on-one matchup with Wilson, you can bet they will be going no-huddle and exploiting that at nauseam.

Sounds like a formula for an easy 300-yard passing day.

Of course, the Jets could play a strong game, but that isn’t a priority when it comes to fantasy football. Luck and Wayne, especially, have shown they can play from behind. That equals more yards and more garbage touchdowns if the game gets out of hand.

If you need proof, look no further than the Colts’ win over Green Bay. That wasn’t just a good fantasy day for Luck—he finished tied for first among all fantasy QBs (ESPN standard scoring).

Another dose of those numbers will do fantasy owners good. Plug and play the Colts signal-caller if the situation calls for it—owners will be feeling lucky by 4 p.m.