Andrew Luck Emerging as Top-Flight Fantasy QB with Strong Week 1 Showing
Is Andrew Luck this good, or are the Oakland Raiders this awful?
The sophomore quarterback has started his season in perfect fashion, completing his first 10 attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Go-to wide receiver Reggie Wayne already has recorded five catches for 70 yards and a score while Dwayne Allen corralled a 20-yard touchdown grab.
Fantasy pundits held mixed views over Luck's fantasy value heading into 2013. While he generated 4,374 passing yards during his rookie campaign, a high volume of usage helped his cause. Luck completed just 54.1 percent of his passes, but threw 627 times.
Nevertheless, his blazing start cannot be entirely pinned on a weak opponent. The 23-year-old was considered a once-in-a-generation talent when the Indianapolis Colts happily jettisoned future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning to draft the youngster.
Manning, who also posted a low completion percentage (56.7 percent) during his rookie campaign with turnover woes, made major strides in his second season. We may be witnessing more of the same from his replacement.
While the Raiders are expected to dwell in the cellar this season, it's their inept offense that makes them a true lost cause. Last season, Oakland ranked 20th in passing yards allowed. Their defense isn't great, but it's not abysmal either.
According to FantasyPros.com, Luck's average draft position ranked ninth among quarterbacks, a mark he could easily outperform.
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