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QB Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts

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

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 5): Luck was limited in practices last week due to his injured right shoulder (throwing arm shoulder), and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday. After the game, coach Chuck Pagano said Luck was 'trending in the right direction' last week, but he 'didn't have the arm strength' necessary on Sunday morning. The team 'hopes' to have Luck in the lineup on Thursday Night Football.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Luck should be ready for the Thursday night in Week 5 against the Texans. Matt Hasselbeck showed that some shorter, quicker passing can still work. Luck has faced a ton of blitzes and hopefully this observation will help him get on track against JJ Watt and company.

General News (Thu Oct 8): won't play this week against the Texans. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start.

General News (Wed Oct 7): partially participated in Wednesday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Tue Oct 6): has a short week to prepare for Week 5, but he's trending toward being ready Thursday, Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans. "He made progress all week," coach Chuck Pagano said. "He made progress. So we're going to continue. He's getting treatment right now. He'll work out tomorrow and we'll just take it day-by-day and see where he's at." Luck is expected by the team to be under center Thursday, Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans. His shoulder injury isn't viewed as a long-term injury. The best sign that Luck will play is that quarterback Josh Johnson was released Monday, Oct. 5.

Week 5: at Houston Texans

All QB vs HOU

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Thursday Night game will feature two NFC South rivals clashing in Houston's NRG Stadium. Andrew Luck's status isn't certain as of Wednesday - Luck is officially questionable as of Wednesday, and head coach Chuck Pagano has acted extremely secretive about Luck's status, hiding him from the portions of practice open to the media, so we can't be certain Luck will be under center until inactives are announced Thursday evening. If Luck (65/116 for 753 yards passing, five TDs and seven interceptions thrown over three games this year) can't go on Thursday, Matt Hasselbeck proved to be a workable alternative against the Jaguars (30/47 for 282 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown last week). Donte Moncrief has been the TD machine for Indianapolis so far, snagging 23/275/3 receiving on 35 targets, while T.Y. Hilton has handled 41 targets for 22/294/0 receiving. Phillip Dorsett mixes in on occasion, with 15 targets for 7/120/1 to date. In some good injury news, the Colts have tight end Dwayne Allen down as probable to play on Thursday - his ankle is healed up and he'll be in a tandem with Coby Fleener again here in Week Five. The Texans' pass D is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 228.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given up vs. just two interceptions (tied-21st in the NFL) and a mere six sacks (tied-23rd) generated so far this season. Matt Ryan hit this team for 19/27 yielding 243 net passing yards, with one TD and zero interceptions thrown last week; Tampa threw for 17/36 yielding 261 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Houston two games ago. This is a neutral matchup between two units that aren't as powerful as expected as we enter Week Five.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at BUF 77 26 49 243 2 2 4 20 0 0 20.15
2 vs NYJ 64 21 37 250 1 3 4 24 0 1 14.9
3 at TEN 61 18 30 260 2 2 6 21 0 0 20.1
5 at HOU PROJ-Dodds * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
5 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
5 at HOU PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 | Week 5 Inactives for Colts (Thu Oct 8, 07:18 PM) - The Indianapolis Colts have declared QB Andrew Luck, LB Bjoern Werner, OT Denzelle Good, LB Jerrell Freeman, OG Lance Louis, DL T.Y. McGill, RB Tyler Varga inactive for Week 5.

Colts | Andrew Luck out Thursday (Thu Oct 8, 10:26 AM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) won't play Thursday, Oct. 8, with QB Matt Hasselbeck (illness) drawing the start against the Houston Texans, according to a source.

Our View: That's that. As previously stated, we'd avoid Hasselbeck as anything other than a QB3 and expect the team to lean on Frank Gore, who should be a rock-solid RB2.
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Colts | Andrew Luck starting an uncertainty (Thu Oct 8, 09:16 AM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is uncertain to start Thursday, Oct. 8, against the Houston Texans, according to sources. Luck plans to test out his shoulder Thursday, but the colts are prepared if they must start QB Matt Hasselbeck. Colts coach Chuck Pagano said his team will 'do the right thing,' and that could mean resting Luck.

Our View: Right now we don't feel too positive about Luck playing, and wouldn't play Hasselbeck as more than a QB3. That Houston front seven (especially JJ Watt) against a terrible Colts offensive line is scary. We're getting cold sweats just thinking about it.
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Colts | Andrew Luck listed as questionable (Wed Oct 7, 01:45 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Houston Texans.

Our View: You have to wonder - and worry - about whether Luck is hurrying or being hurried back to action. The Colts are capital 'D' desperate right now, but that doesn't mean they should have him back before he's ready. They've taken the long term view until now, so we have to give them the benefit of the doubt. We worry a bit though. If he plays, he should be a solid start against the Houston Texans, who were just trounced by Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense. We have him as a low-end QB1, but know that there is the risk he isn't 100 percent or looks as bad as he did prior to his injury, so keep that in mind.
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Colts | Andrew Luck has owned Texans (Tue Oct 6, 06:52 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck is 107-for-205 for 1,385 yards, 14 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 90.4 in six career games against the Houston Texans, who he faces in Week 5 Thursday, Oct. 8. Luck is 5-1 against the Texans, including five straight wins.

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