Andrew Luck: Colts' QB a Must-Start in Week 8 Matchup vs. Titans

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 25, 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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Attention fantasy owners: always start any quarterback against the Tennessee Titans defense. 

In this case, it's Indianapolis Colts' rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.

The Titans defense has surrendered an NFL-high 16 passing touchdowns for an average of 281 yards a game and has picked off just five passes this season, making Luck a sure starter in your lineup in Week 8.

Don't be discouraged by Luck's past two performances. He faced a solid New York Jets pass defense in a Week 6 blowout loss and beat an active Cleveland Browns secondary last week in which he went 16-of-29 for 186 yards and zero touchdowns or interceptions, but did get it done on the ground.

Of course, Luck is no RGIII, but Colts' beat reporter Phil Richards supplies fantasy owners with a vote of confidence with this tweet:

#Colts Andrew Luck leads rookie QBs with 279 passing yards a game and leads all AFC QBs with 115 rushing yards and three TD.

— Phil Richards (@PhilRichards6) October 25, 2012

Richards hits the nail on the head, as Luck's fantasy value has been extremely overlooked due to his ability to scramble and score touchdowns with his legs. Those who aren't overlooking Luck's value are the members of ESPN's fantasy football crew, as they each ranked Luck as at least the No. 11 QB this week.

Luck has veteran wideout Reggie Wayne to thank for much of his success this season. Wayne has been targeted 81 times by Luck this season, hauling in 47 catches for 666 yards and two touchdowns, a receiving yardage mark that ranks No. 2 in the league.

To get an idea of just how strong the connection is between Luck and Wayne, peep this tweet from Pro Football Focus' Mike Clay:

Just over one third of Andrew Luck's throws have been directed at Reggie Wayne. That's a lot.

— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) October 23, 2012

With Luck facing a dismal Titans pass defense and being ranked higher than fantasy studs like Philip Rivers, Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford, make sure Andrew Luck is in your fantasy lineup in Week 8.

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