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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 the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 26): Luck fought hard against a good Chargers secondary, and eventually he and TY Hilton broke through for a long score and home win. Luck might not have the high ceiling he hit in Week 1 until Donte Moncrief returns, and his lingering shoulder issues are ominous when you remember that we're only three weeks into the season. He's still an easy start against Jacksonville and Chicago the next two weeks, but we might be going away from Luck in tougher matchups later on the schedule if his shoulder doesn't improve.

General News (Thu Sep 29): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Sep 28): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 4: at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andrew Luck threw for one more yard passing than Philip Rivers last week, and had one more passing TD (24/347 for 331 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown) as the Colts defeated the Chargers 26-22 during Week Two. While Donte Moncrief (shoulder injury/fractured scapula out four-to-six weeks) was sidelined, T.Y. Hilton came to the forefront for Indianapolis with 11 targets for 8/174/1 receiving. Tight end Jack Doyle continued his strong play with six targets for 65 yards receiving, while Dwayne Allen dropped a possible TD with five for 3/35/0 - nobody else on the team went over 30 yards receiving on the day. The Colts' passing attack is going strong entering Week Four. The Jaguars' pass defense is ranked seventh in the NFL right now, averaging 201.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with six TD passes given up vs. a low two interceptions and a mediocre six sacks generated to date. Last week, Joe Flacco was frustrated by the Jaguars (29/40 for 199 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -15 yards). Over the first three weeks of the season, Jacksonville has averaged 23.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (ninth-most in the NFL); and 26.6 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-most); with 4.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (11th-least). This is a so-so pass defense overall. Luck and company are capable of explosive games, and they have a neutral matchup to work with in front of the Londoners this weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs DET 70 31 47 385 4 0 3 21 0 0 37.35
2 at DEN 73 21 40 197 1 1 3 22 0 1 14.05
3 vs SD 71 24 37 331 1 1 0 0 0 1 18.55
4 at JAX PROJ-Dodds * 24 39 * * * 3 * * * *
4 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 24 39 * * * 2 * * * *
4 at JAX PROJ-Bloom * 22 34 * * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs SD (24 / 37 / 331 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Andrew Luck played very well outside of two costly first half turnovers. Luck opened the game by putting together two scoring drives. Luck found Dorsett for 18 yards to set up a Vinatieri field goal. Then hit Hilton over the middle for 24 and Doyle down the sideline for 15. Luck hit Dwayne Allen in the hands for a touchdown but he dropped the pass and Gore capped the drive with a 7 yard touchdown run. Luck was intercepted on his first throw of the following possession. Luck threw to Chester Rogers but Casey Heyward simply jumped the route for an easy interception. Luck and the Colts again drove down the field. The legs of Frank Gore and the tight ends functioned as the engine of the offense. The drive stalled at the Chargers 15 yard line when the pocket collapsed around Luck for a sack. With less than 2 minutes remaining in the half Luck completed passes to Josh Ferguson and Hilton for gains of 14 and 19. The drive abruptly ended with a strip sack being returned for a touchdown. Luck tried to step up in the pocket but the Chargers brought A gap pressure, wrapped up Luck and ripped the ball from his hands. Luck opened the second half with a touchdown drive. Luck connected with TY Hilton 3 times on the drive. First he threw a beautiful pass where only Hilton could catch it down the sideline for 33 yards. Then hit him on a curl route and back shoulder throw to move the Colts to the 1 yard line. The drive was capped with a 1 yard Robert Turbin touchdown. Down 2 points with 2 minutes to go Luck once again delivered when his team needed him. First Luck converted a 4th and 7 with an 8 yard completion to TY Hilton. Luck then hit Hilton again on a slant route and watched as Hilton raced down the field for a game winning 63 yard touchdown.

2016 Week 2 vs DEN (21 / 40 / 197 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)

Andrew Luck and the Colts offense did not play well in a tough matchup with the defending Superbowl champions. The Broncos front seven wreaked havoc on the Colts pass protection. Numerous times, Luck had to change his throwing motion dealing with interior pressure or was flushed from the pocket. The Broncos had 5 sacks and 3 batted passes to show for it. Luck simply missed open receivers on other plays. The lack of commitment to the running game hurt the Colts offense. The Colts ran nearly twice as many pass plays as runs despite being within one score of the Colts for the first 3 quarters. In the first half Andrew Luck and the Colts offense managed 6 points in 5 possessions mustering only 52 total yards. The Colts managed the two field goals because of excellent starting field position not because of any offensive consistency. Luck was under constant pressure throughout the game. Luck engineered a scoring drive to open the second half. Luck scrambled for 21 yards on 3rd and 20 to keep the drive alive and taking advantage of the Broncos man to man coverage. Luck then evaded the pass rush and found Philip Dorsett down the sideline for a 30 yard gain. Robert Turbin capped the drive with a 5 yard touchdown. Luck could not keep the momentum going. Luck was intercepted by Aqib Talib who returned it for a touchdown. Talib simply read Luck and jumped in front of Dorsett for the easy interception. Luck responded by orchestrating another scoring drive completing seven of his ten attempts including a 22 yard completion to Jack Doyle over the middle. Luck capped the drive with a 7 yard touchdown to Gore in the flat. Down 6 points with 1:51 to play and no timeouts Luck had a chance to pull out a victory. However, Von Miller had other plans. Miller beat right tackle Jack Mewhort easily and strip sacked Luck and the fumble was returned for a touchdown putting the final nail in the Colts coffin.

2016 Week 1 vs DET (31 / 47 / 385 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)

Andrew Luck played very well and got all of his play makers on offense involved. Luck got off to a slow start but got the offense firing on all cylinders. Pressure on Luck stalled the Colts opening possession; Luck was sacked as the Colts approached field goal range. The Colts second drive ended with Luck throwing wide of the mark targeting TY Hilton. Their third drive was a quick three and out with Luck again missing Hilton on 3rd down. This time a tipped pass forced the incompletion. Luck was again sacked but Luck managed to get his team into field goal range with two nice throws to Moncrief and Hilton. Running the 2 minute offense Luck put together an impressive drive before half time. Luck hit Moncrief on an in route for a gain of 32 to open the drive. He followed it with nice completions to Allen and Hilton to move the Colts deep into the red zone. Luck capped the drive with a dart to Moncrief for a 2 yard score. On 2nd down and long following a holding penalty Luck uncorked a 51 yard bomb to Philip Dorsett. Luck capped the drive finding Dwayne Allen uncovered in the end zone for a 19 yard score. Luck put together another nice scoring drive connecting with Hilton, finding Doyle and scrambling for a first down. He capped the drive finding Jack Doyle wide open for a 16 yard score. With four minutes to go down six points Luck engineered another scoring drive. Luck lobbed a deep ball to Dorsett on a deep crossing route and Dorsett hauled in the pass gaining 33. Luck hit Doyle again in the end zone this time for a 6 yard score.

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Latest News

Colts | Andrew Luck takes part in practice (Thu Sep 29, 03:38 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 29.

Our View: Jacksonville plays so far below their potential it's ridiculous, but since we have zero faith Gus Bradley will change that this week, Luck is good for QB1 production.
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Colts | Andrew Luck limited in practice (Wed Sep 28, 04:57 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 28.

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Colts | Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton active (Sun Sep 25, 03:58 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) and WR T.Y. Hilton (knee) are officially active for the team's Week 3 game.

Our View: Luck has been managed in practice and possibly dealing with shoulder fatigue. We'll watch this situation to see if it starts to affect his passing ability. That this is an issue so early in the season could be a bad sign.
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Colts | Andrew Luck to play Sunday (Sat Sep 24, 10:59 AM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) will play in Week 3's game against the San Diego Chargers, even though he is listed as questionable on the injury report, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. He was a full participant in practice Friday, Sept. 23, after practicing on a limited basis Thursday, Sept. 22.

Our View: Luck was beat up against the Broncos last week. He's set to light up a bad Chargers defense in Week 3. We wouldn't be surprised to see him finish as the best fantasy QB in this matchup.
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Colts | Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton limited Thursday (Thu Sep 22, 05:49 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) and WR T.Y. Hilton (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.

Our View: Luck could be in a shootout, as both he Chargers and Colts suffer from "bad defense-itis" and the Chargers average 324.5 net passing yards allowed per game (29th in the NFL). The have generated five sacks and three interceptions, but allowed four passing touchdowns as well. We see Luck as a borderline QB1/QB2. A banged up Hilton is a concern and last week was really disappointing. He has yet to get his first touchdown as well. We think he should be decent this weekend, but have him as a WR3 right now in part due to injury, in part due to an underwhelming first two weeks.
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Schedule

4@ Jacksonville Jaguars
5vs Chicago Bears
6@ Houston Texans
7@ Tennessee Titans
8vs Kansas City Chiefs
9@ Green Bay Packers
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Tennessee Titans
12vs Pittsburgh Steelers
13@ New York Jets
14vs Houston Texans
15@ Minnesota Vikings
16@ Oakland Raiders
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars