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QB Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts

6-4, 234Born: 9-12-1989College: StanfordDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Colts QB Andrew Luck suffered a lacerated kidney in Week 9, and will miss an unknown amount of time. Reports suggest that the Colts expect Luck to miss at least one month, and perhaps longer.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 23): Luck was unable to practice last week due to his injured kidneys, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as out on Friday.

General News (Fri Nov 27): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 25): did not practice on Wednesday. Luck (abdomen, kidney) is confident that he will play again this year, but a timetable for his return at this point is tough to gauge. He said he's feeling much better than he was the week after he suffered his injury, and he's starting to do more rehab work.

Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matt Hasselbeck did enough to defeat Atlanta last week - 23/32 for 213 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with both TDs going to Ahmad Bradshaw (four targets for 4/20/2 receiving). Donte Moncrief led the team in targets with eight for 5/41/0 receiving, while Frank Gore led in yards with five for 5/46/0. T.Y. Hilton, usually a favorite of Hasselbeck, had just four targets for 2/21/0 receiving on the day. The Buccaneers' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 234.6 net yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given out vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied for 15th) generated this year. Last week, Mark Sanchez threw 26/41 for 247 net yards, two TDs and three interceptions while taking three sacks for -14 yards from Tampa. Dallas threw 19/30 for 174 net yards, zero TDs and one interception with three sacks taken for -12 yards from Tampa two games ago. Over the past four weeks, the Buccaneers have allowed the ninth-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (17.6); the tenth-least fantasy points to opposing wideouts (18.7), and were 16th vs. opposing tight ends (8.9 fantasy points allowed per game on average). This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for Hasselbeck and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CAR 86 23 47 231 2 3 6 35 0 0 19.05
9 vs DEN 79 21 36 252 2 0 6 34 0 0 24
12 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
12 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 9 vs DEN (21 / 36 / 252 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 34 / 0 rush)

The Colts' quarterback is back, at least, he was on Sunday. In a completely unexpected turn of events, Luck looked like we expected him to look all season, and up against the best defense in the league to boot. Luck easily had the best game of any quarterback against the Broncos' defense this season, avoiding turnovers and taking smart throws all game long. He even fired a few down the field, including a dime to T.Y. Hilton up the seam that we had yet to see actually work this season. But Luck also made things happen with his legs, both when scrambling out of the pocket for first downs and getting out of the pocket on designed roll-outs. With the Broncos playing man coverage down the field, Luck was not afraid to tuck the ball and run when the first-down marker was within reach. His two touchdowns were both rather short, but the second was a thing of beauty, as he read the blitz prior to the snap and calmly hit Ahmad Bradshaw leaking out of the backfield. Now the Colts have a bye, and it will be much-needed, considering the pounding Luck took against the Broncos. After the bye, however, look at a favorable schedule to pave the way for a big second half.

2015 Week 8 vs CAR (23 / 47 / 231 / 2 / 3 pass, 6 / 35 / 0 rush)

The Colts' franchise quarterback looked once again like a bottom-of-the-barrel signal-caller against the Carolina Panthers, struggling to even complete simple passes or make simple reads throughout the first three quarters of the Monday night game. Luck did manage to salvage a decent fantasy day for himself with a couple of late touchdown passes, as the Colts' offense got on track with a no-huddle in the fourth quarter, but overall he continues to look like one of the worst quarterbacks in the league. Luck's three interceptions were all poor, each one coming on a poor pass. His first two were especially errant, but the final, essentially game-losing pick was just a poor decision. Luck's reported rib injury, along with lingering effects from a shoulder injury earlier this year, are almost certainly affecting him, but his mental game is lacking as well. He's a startable quarterback in fantasy simply because of volume, but he'll be a risky play against the Broncos' secondary in Week 9.

2015 Week 7 vs NO (23 / 44 / 333 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)

What in the world is wrong with Andrew Luck? The prodigy quarterback was putrid for the first two-and-a-half quarters against the New Orleans Saints, statistically the worst defense in the league with a paper-thin secondary. Luck missed open receivers, was clearly confused pre-snap and simply didn't look comfortable or confident. But he and the Colts' offense flipped the script near the end of the third quarter, scoring two quick touchdowns to T.Y. Hilton and giving the Colts a fighting chance. But don't mistake Luck's salvageable fantasy day for light at the end of the tunnel: Luck was still just 7 of 15 for 95 yards in the fourth quarter. Granted, he still didn't look as bad as he did in the first half, but there are some issues here that are nowhere close to being worked out. Luck's first interception was a terrible pre-snap read, and linebacker Stephone Anthony slid right into the path of Luck's throw to a slanting Hilton. His second was a terrible decision at the end of the first half, costing the Colts the chance at at least a field goal. Luck's volume should stay high, and there is always a chance he returns to form, but it doesn't look like he'll ever be the elite fantasy QB we thought he'd be this season.

2015 Week 6 vs NE (30 / 50 / 312 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 35 / 0 rush)

The good news for Andrew Luck owners on Sunday: The Colts' quarterback looked as good as he ever has this season, finishing with the most yards, touchdowns, rushing yards and passer rating of the season. The bad news: Luck clearly regressed in the second half, as the Patriots defense stymied the quarterback for the vast majority of the final two quarters. Luck looked like his old self in the first half, making plays in and out of the pocket, but the control on his passes waned in the second half, and his receivers gave him little help. There will be easier opponents in the future, like New Orleans next week, but Luck isn't the elite quarterback we thought he'd be. Still, his fantasy value will continue to rise as he gets back into the offense, just out of the volume Indianapolis will need him to carry.

2015 Week 3 vs TEN (18 / 30 / 260 / 2 / 2 pass, 6 / 21 / 0 rush)

Once again, Andrew Luck looked like he forgot how to play football. For the first time this season, however, he came back. He came back to what we expected to see this season in the fourth quarter against the Titans, going 11 for 13 for 144 yards and two touchdowns to bring the Colts back to victory. It's tempting to say the Colts have figured some things out offensively, based on the end of the game, but the little mistakes continue to sabotage the offense for the first three quarters. Against the Jaguars, Luck will again have a much easier time than he did in the first two weeks, but the consistency issues will be a question until Luck can go a game without having a bad turnover.

2015 Week 2 vs NYJ (21 / 37 / 250 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 24 / 0 rush)

Andrew Luck is currently going through the worst two-game stretch of his career. Sure, he's gone up against a couple talented defenses and is piloting an offense with questionable coaching, but Luck simply isn't the quarterback we saw last season. Against the Jets, Luck looked like he was a rookie again, struggling to deal with pressure up the middle and consistently missing throws. Above all else, he was careless, throwing the ball up for grabs multiple times when blitzers got into the backfield quickly. Luck is too talented to see this trend continue, but he and the offense have a lot of work to do to build up enough chemistry to be the fantasy goldmine we expected.

2015 Week 1 vs BUF (26 / 49 / 243 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)

It was a rough day for Andrew Luck, who was off-target from the very beginning as he attempted to deal with the attacking Buffalo defense. Luck missed several potential big plays early on, including two deep shots to T.Y. Hilton that came up short and an off-target screen pass to Frank Gore in the open field. Luck looked rushed throughout the day, as the offense shifted to a quick-throw focus that didn't play to his or the Colts' personnel strengths. Still, Luck reminded us that he's as matchup-proof as anybody in fantasy football, managing nearly 20 points on one of the worst games of his career.


Latest News

Colts | Andrew Luck out for Week 12 (Fri Nov 27, 01:20 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (kidney) has been ruled out for Week 12.

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Colts | Thursday injury report for Week 12 (Thu Nov 26, 04:54 PM) - Indianapolis Colts FS Mike Adams (ankle), OT Anthony Castonzo (knee), WR Phillip Dorsett (ankle), LB D'Qwell Jackson (non-injury), QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney), CB Greg Toler (groin) and LB Erik Walden (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 26. LB Jerrell Freeman (ribs), LB Sio Moore (back), CB D'Joun Smith (knee) and OG Hugh Thornton (shoulder) were limited during practice, while CB Vontae Davis (hamstring) and LB Robert Mathis (non-injury) fully participated in practice.

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Colts | Andrew Luck says he'll return (Wed Nov 25, 06:16 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney) is confident that he will play again this year, but a timetable for his return at this point is tough to gauge.

Our View: Fantasy owners shouldn't hold their breath waiting for Luck to return. He said he's feeling much better than he was the week after he suffered his injury, and he's starting to do more rehab work.
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Colts | Wednesday practice report for Week 12 (Wed Nov 25, 02:38 PM) - Indianapolis Colts S Mike Adams (ankle), OT Anthony Castonzo (knee), CB Vontae Davis (hamstring), WR Phillip Dorsett (ankle), LB Jerrell Freeman (ribs), QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney), LB Robert Mathis (rest) and LB Erik Walden (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 12. CB D'Joun Smith (knee) and OG Hugh Thornton (shoulder) were limited.

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Colts | Week 11 inactives for Colts (Sun Nov 22, 11:50 AM) - The Indianapolis Colts have declared QB Andrew Luck, LB Bjoern Werner, OT Denzelle Good, FS Mike Adams, WR Phillip Dorsett, LB Sio Moore, OG Todd Herremans inactive for Week 11.

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