Andrew Luck: Evaulating Colts QB's Fantasy Value for Remainder of the Season

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 7, 2012

Nov 4, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE
Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

After a career day for Andrew Luck in Week 9 against the Miami Dolphins, it's time to take a look at his remaining schedule and see what he can offer fantasy owners moving forward.

The Indianapolis Colts' prized rookie threw for 433 yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins, posting 25 fantasy points in the process (ESPN standard leagues).

Moreover, you look at his remaining opponents and the only team that should pose a serious threat to the youngster is the Houston Texans (Weeks 15 and 17).

Beyond that, he faces the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs.

The Lions have allowed a respectable 6.7 yards per pass attempt (ninth in the NFL) and 12 passing touchdowns this season, but everyone else ranks 15th or worse in yards allowed per attempt.

That includes the Chiefs, who have allowed a league-worst 8.9 yards per attempt and 17 passing touchdowns. Luck just so happens to face them in Week 16, a playoff week in most fantasy leagues.

So, even if you decide to sit Luck against the Lions and the Texans moving forward, he should still perform well in five more weeks this season. And, who knows, the way the 23-year-old is developing, he could still be a good fantasy play when he faces the Lions in Week 13. 

At the start of the season, Luck's fantasy value was murky. Now, with the way he's developing, it's not out of the question for him to be a top-10 fantasy quarterback for the rest of the season. He has some tough foes in the Texans and the Lions, but the rest of his competition is very forgiving.

Luck's maturation into the NFL, combined with his remaining schedule, makes him a quarterback worth having on any fantasy roster.


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