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|Draft: 2012 Round 1 (1)
Ht: 6’4” Wt: 234 DOB: 1989-09-12 Age: 26
|Every so often a team is lucky enough to land itself a franchise quarterback. And if you are the Indianapolis Colts, you hit the jackpot and end up having two consecutive eras with franchise QBs. At least, thatís the plan. The Andrew Luck era starts in 2012 and the Stanford product possesses the athleticism, intelligence and intangibles to start for the Colts from Day 1 of training camp. But that doesnít amount to a hill of beans for your fantasy squad given the lack of talent the Colts possess on offense. While Luck makes for an outstanding dynasty league prospect, his prospects for 2012 leave something to be desired. Not only is Indianapolis attempting to rebuild its aging, leaky offensive line, the team also lacks a proven starting running back, has a pair of rookies atop its tight end depth chart and has a group of wide receivers led by 12-year veteran Reggie Wayne but with little else behind him. For Luck to emerge as a starting fantasy quarterback, he will need his supporting cast to improve greatly upon what is expected in 2012 and thatís not likely to happen. He is a low end QB2 at best.
| Colts: Andrew Luck practiced "without limitations" -- Tue Oct 13 9:55 am --|
Backup Matt Hasselbeck still fighting bacterial infection
|Colts QB Andrew Luck participated on an unrestricted basis in Mondayís practice, according to team officials. Practice was not open to reporters, so everyone will have to take the Colts at their word. (Indianapolis Star)|
FF Today's Take: The Colts need to hope for the best, as the plight of backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck continues. Hasselbeck practiced Monday but is still being treated for the bacterial infection that weakened him last week and nearly kept from playing last Thursday night.
This is a situation to monitor heading into the weekend, as Luck's shoulder and Hasselbeck's health are both items of concern with the Patriots on the docket.
| Hasselbeck expected to start, Luck Questionable -- Thu Oct 8 10:17 am --|
Luck to test arm in pregame warmup
|Matt Hasselbeck flew to Houston planning to start for Colts, source says. Andrew Luck will throw pregame, but Hasselbeck expected to start (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Luck sat out last week's game with a shoulder injury and it appears the Colts are leaning towards resting him this week as well. T.Y. Hilton posted a 7-67 line while Donte Moncrief went 6-75 with Hasselbeck at the controls last week.
| Luck has mild dislocation in right shoulder -- Mon Oct 5 6:10 pm --|
Report suggests doctors are concerned about labrum
|Andrew Luck suffered a subluxation of his throwing shoulder. A source close to the situation says at least three out-of-state experts have looked at the injury and given their input. Luck had an MRI a week ago. The injury is also known as a partial separation of the shoulder.
Doctors are concerned about Luckís labrum, which is hard to read from the MRI with this type of injury. The biggest concerns about Luck at the moment are pain and arm strength. (Indy Sports Central)|
FF Today's Take: With two games in five days, the Colts likely made an organizational decision to rest Luck this weekend in order to give him nearly three full weeks to recover. If the injury is "just" a subluxation, he could be in line for Week 5. If his labrum is the problem, it could be a much more long-term problem for the Colts and fantasy owners. Matt Hasselbeck needs to be owned in most leagues by the end of the week.
| Andrew Luck out for Week 4 -- Sun Oct 4 7:54 am --|
Hasselbeck to start
|Andrew Luck will not play today, per a team source. (Chris Mortensen on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Luck was "limited" in practice all week but in reality did very little on the field. Head coach Chuck Pagano's comments during the week stating he was confident Luck would play turned out to be gamesmanship nonsense. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start and the Colts receiving corps should be downgraded a notch.
| Andrew Luck limited in practice Friday -- Fri Oct 2 12:05 pm --|
Shoulder injury to Luck may give Hasselbeck the start
|Via Mike Chappell of IndySportsCentral.com, Andrew Luck was not out with the other quarterbacks at the start of practice Friday. He was limited both Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury. If he canít go, the Colts would start veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who hasnít started a game since Nov. 4, 2012. They signed journeyman Josh Johnson today since they were carrying only two on the active roster going into the week. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: The signing of Johnson tells is the Colts are concerned about Luck's availability for Sunday against the Jaguars. He's officially listed as Questionable. If Luck doesn't play, it would be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Hasselbeck who hasn't played in a regular season game since 2012. The Colts passing game as would also be devalued but RB Frank Gore would get a slight boost.
| Andrew Luck day-to-day -- Wed Sep 30 4:44 pm --|
Colts' QB lands on injury report with shoulder injury
|INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is day-to-day with a right shoulder injury, coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday.
Pagano said he has "supreme confidence" that Luck will play in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
FF Today's Take: This injury doesn't seem serious enough to keep Andrew Luck from suiting up in Week 4. Expect Indianapolis to give their quarterback a lighter practice week and update his status on Friday.
| Colts' 1st round pick remains out with knee injury -- Fri Aug 28 6:05 pm --|
Rookie WR Dorsett likely to miss tilt with Rams
|Rookie WR Phillip Dorsett (knee contusion) has not practiced all week. Dorsett has worked on the sidelines with trainers doing rehab. He is not expected to be available for the St. Louis Rams game on Saturday night. He could be a game-time decision. (Global Post)|
FF Today's Take: Over the years, there have not been many occasions where teams have three fantasy-relevant wide receivers. However, Andrew Luck just might complete enough passes this season to make one of Phillip Dorsett or Donte Montcrief worth owning, in addition to T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson. For now, Montcrief with his health and experience has a leg up, but that could change over the course of the season.
|Andre Johnson excited to play with Andrew Luck -- Fri Aug 14 3:20 pm --|
WR calls new QB ďarguably the bestĒ in the game
|Andre Johnson is starting over. After thriving for 12 seasons in Houston, he's working with a new quarterback and learning a new playbook. On Sunday at Philadelphia, Johnson's transformation will be complete when he dons a Colts jersey for his first game. "I don't really bring much attention to that," he said. "I just try to treat it as football ó with a different team." Despite helping Houston go from fledgling franchise to division champ in less than a decade, Johnson never reached a conference championship game and never played with a true franchise quarterback. In Indy, things are very different. "I wanted to be at a place that had a stable quarterback," Johnson said after signing his three-year, $21 million deal in March. "I feel like Andrew (Luck) is arguably the best quarterback in the game."
FF Today's Take: Johnson, though certainly past his prime at 34, will be playing with the best quarterback of his career in Andrew Luck. The Colts like to throw the ball a lot, so if Johnsonís health holds up he has WR2 upside. Expect him to double and perhaps even triple his three touchdown total from last season.
|Frank Gore singing Andrew Luck's praises -- Fri Aug 7 3:55 pm --|
And takes shot at Colin Kaepernick at the same time?
|That didn't take long. After less than a week of training camp, new Colts running back Frank Gore is already sold on Andrew Luck. The 32-year-old proclaimed after three short practices that Luck is the best quarterback he has ever played with. Gore believes that the 2015 Colts will likely end up being the best offense he has ever played with, and that's thanks in large part to Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. "I think if we keep working and keep going and get that gelled, I think by far it can [be the best offense]. Especially with No. 12, man," Gore said on Wednesday. "I'm not knocking my other quarterbacks. I respect them other guys, but being around this guy a couple months, he's a different breed. He's smart. He makes me feel young. He runs the huddle. I never had that." (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: It's hard to get excited about an aging Frank Gore, especially because the Colts like to pass so much. But Andrew Luck moves the ball down the field with greater regularity than Colin Kaepernick, and as a result Gore is slated for a lot of goal line work. While 1000 rushing yards might be a stretch, the veteran back has an outside shot at punching in 10 touchdowns in 2015, and could be a steal if still available in the fourth or fifth round of your draft.
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