QB Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts
|6-4, 234||Born: 9-12-1989||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Even when Luck struggles on the field, his fantasy numbers are viable. Next week he gets the Dallas defense indoors. Watch TY Hilton's status, but either way, Luck has enough weapons to help deliver titles next week.
Week 16: at Dallas Cowboys
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Andrew Luck posted 18/34 for 187 yards passing, two TDs and one interception vs. the Texans last week - unfortunately, the usual Texan-slayer, T.Y. Hilton, tweaked his hamstring during the game and was ineffective after the injury (eight targets for 4/50/0 receiving). Hakeem Nicks (two for 2/44/1) and Dwayne Allen (four for 2/16/1) were the recipients of Luck's TD passes last week, while Coby Fleener saw five targets for 2/32/0 receiving. We'll see if Luck can rev up this attack to it's normal high-octane level here in Week 16. The Cowboys' pass D is ranked 23rd in the NFL averaging 249.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 20 passing TDs given up vs. 14 interceptions and 23 sacks generated so far this season (tied for 11th- and 28t-ranked, respectively). Mark Sanchez threw 17/28 for 219 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions against the Cowboys last week; Jay Cutler stung this D with 32/46 for 341 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown two weeks ago. Luck and company have a good shot at getting back on track against the Cowboys' sub-par pass D.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs WAS (19 / 27 / 370 / 5 / 1 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)
The Washington defense was lit up a few times in the beginning of the season, but it's been a while since anybody put up a 350-yard, five-touchdown performance against them. Not since 1999 (Troy Aikman) has Washington been lit up quite like that. Luck repeatedly found wide open receivers downfield, overcoming early struggles in the pocket to decimate the Redskins in the second and third quarters. With a five-touchdown performance, Luck trails Peyton Manning by two touchdowns for the league lead.
2014 Week 14 vs CLE (24 / 53 / 294 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 37 / 1 rush)
It turns out, Luck isn't completely matchup proof. The league's best fantasy quarterback came back down to earth on Sunday against Cleveland's stellar pass defense, throwing two picks and losing a fumble. It was Luck's third consecutive game with multiple turnovers. It was the first game all season that Luck completed less than 50 percent of his passes, and only his third game with less than 7.0 yards per attempt (5.5). Luck particularly struggled with a consistent pass rush and tight man coverage early in the game. But the quarterback did bounce back in the second half, and finished with three combined passing and rushing scores. Aided by a change in tempo, Luck started connecting with T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, and led the Colts on the game-winning touchdown drive with less than a minute left in the game.
2014 Week 15 vs HOU (18 / 34 / 187 / 2 / 1 pass, 8 / 18 / 0 rush)
For the second week in a row, Luck had a down week. For just the second time this season, Luck had less than 200 passing yards. Luck was abysmal to start the game, going 3-for-10 for 17 yards with an interception returned for a touchdown in the Colts' first four drives. Luck picked it up after that, going 13-for-16 for 147 yards in the rest of the first half. It looked like Luck was back on target, but the Colts offense couldn't get going in the second half, and Luck never got into a rhythm due to drops, miscommunication and poor play calls. It wasn't one of his worst performances this year, although circumstance and a good job by Houston defending the deep ball made it stand out in the box score.
Latest NewsColts | Andrew Luck having fumble issues (Thu Dec 11, 08:46 AM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has 12 fumbles this season, six of which were lost. That's the most of any player, regardless of position, in the league. He has six fumbles in the last three games. He has also thrown the third-most interceptions in the league with 13. Our View: All that being said, he still is topping the quarterback rankings in a lot of leagues in terms of fantasy quarterbacks. We have him as a QB1 gainst Houston this week, so get him in your lineups and don't worry about the fumbling.
link to story Colts | Andrew Luck struggling in first quarter (Tue Dec 9, 05:33 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck is 10-for-23 for 117 yards and just one touchdown, five turnovers and six sacks in the first quarter of the team's last three games. “If anything, it's frustrating. It’s my bonehead mistakes,' Luck said. 'It’s the nature of the team, the way coach Pagano coaches. You just play football. Whatever happened on the last play, good or bad, you move on. I think by and large, our guys do that. We have a good play -- great -- on to the next play. Something bad happens, we have to move on and atone for it.” Our View: Luck is one of the best young quarterbacks in the game today. The Colts need to do a better job of getting him off to a hotter start if the team is hopeful of making a deep postseason run.
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