Andrew Luck's, Dwayne Allen's, Jack Doyle's Post-Week 1 Fantasy Advice

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2016

Sep 11, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA;  Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) avoids the tackle of Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) in the second half of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. the Detroit Lions beat the Indianapolis Colts by the score of 39-35. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Indianapolis Colts lost in Week 1, but this offense proved to be a dangerous one for fantasy football.

After trailing the Detroit Lions 21-3 in the first half, Indianapolis woke up offensively and stormed all the way back to a 35-34 lead before eventually losing 39-35.

It still counts as a loss in the standings, but fantasy owners were happy with quarterback Andrew Luck. The franchise quarterback finished the game 31-of-47 for 385 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added 21 rushing yards on three attempts.

The quarterback was also only sacked twice after pass protection was a major concern heading into the season.

"I thought the offensive line held up pretty damn good, especially in the second half," head coach Chuck Pagano said, per Michael Marot of the Associated Press (h/t Yahoo Sports). "I think our quarterback, obviously, was exceptional and played one whale of a football game."

Luck also did a great job of spreading the ball around to his top targets at receiver. T.Y. Hilton had six catches for 79 yards, Donte Moncrief had six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown and second-year player Phillip Dorsett totaled 94 yards on four receptions. The tight ends also got involved, as Dwayne Allen scored a touchdown to go with 53 yards receiving, and Jack Doyle ended up with two scores.

Michael Fabiano of NFL.com noted the surprising day from the backup tight end:

Michael Fabiano @Michael_Fabiano

Jack Doyle has scored more fantasy points than Gates+Cook+Graham+Fleener+Barnidge+Walker+Ertz. COMBINED.

There are a lot of weapons on this team, and Luck has the ability to spread it around to everyone on the roster. The fact the defense struggled—and will likely continue to struggle all year long—only helps the quarterback from a fantasy perspective because he will get a lot of opportunities to throw the ball.

He was drafted as the No. 5 quarterback in ESPN leagues, and the fifth-year player has the potential to be the top scorer in all of fantasy football. Don't try to sell high after one week; keep him on your roster and hope he stays healthy.

The bigger issue is what to do with the rest of the players on the roster. The targets are likely going to remain spread out, which means Hilton and Moncrief are worth starts, but they will also probably have some quiet weeks in your lineup.

As far as the tight ends, Allen is the better option despite Doyle catching two touchdown passes. Although he has struggled to stay healthy, Allen is still a talented player who remains a big part of this offense, having caught four of his six targets for 53 yards. He will also have quiet weeks, but he can easily be a top-10 fantasy tight end this season and be worth a start each week.

If he is still available in your league, the former Clemson star is worth an add.

Doyle would be a riskier play, as he only had three touchdowns in three seasons coming into Sunday. The 6'6" tight end will have a bigger role with Coby Fleener no longer around, but he is still not worth a roster spot until he proves this game wasn't a fluke.

The Colts will have a dynamic offense all year long, making Luck a fantasy star, but the rest of the team will be dependent on matchups and game-planning.


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