Andrew Luck: Fantasy Owners Must Start Indianapolis Colts QB for Rest of Season

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IOctober 22, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts looks for a receiver against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Packers 30-27.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has proven this year that he’s a reliable fantasy football player who should not be benched on any fantasy team for the rest of the 2012 NFL season.

Luck has three 300-yard passing games this season, and has thrown seven touchdown passes with seven interceptions, but three of those interceptions happened in his first career game.

The Colts have the 11th-best passing attack in the NFL, and he does have some quality receivers to target. His No. 1 target Reggie Wayne is one of the best receivers in the league, and is still capable of playing at an elite level, which was evident in Week 5.

The next five games for the Colts are against teams with pass defenses ranked 20th or worse, including matchups versus the Tennessee Titans (27th vs. pass), Miami Dolphins (28th vs. pass) and New England Patriots (29th vs. pass).

There's a strong chance that Luck could be an even better fantasy player moving forward since he has so many favorable matchups over the next month.

Not only is Luck giving fantasy owners enough production as a passer, he's also been a factor in the running game over the last few weeks.

Luck has rushed for 20 yards or more three times, and has three touchdowns on the ground in his last three games.

Colts QB Andrew Luck has 2 rush TDs today (as many as he had in his last 18 games at Stanford.)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 21, 2012

Fantasy owners cannot expect Luck to rush for a touchdown too often, but he definitely has the ability to scramble out of the pocket and make a play instead of taking a sack. His athleticism is impressive for a quarterback.

People who took a chance on Luck in the early rounds of their league's draft have to be impressed with how the rookie has played this season.

#colts andrew luck 1st rookie QB with 1,500 passing yards, 3 wins in team's first six games in NFL history.#col

— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) October 22, 2012

Luck must be started in all types of fantasy leagues unless you have an elite quarterback to play instead. The Colts rookie has proven that he can be a reliable fantasy quarterback in any type of league this year.