By Eric Schmidt

Yes, I realize that Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has only appeared in two games. Yes, he has only played a few quarters of two preseason game. That being said, Andrew Luck is as advertised and barring a major injury, he is going to be a monster talent in the NFL during his career.

In his first career start last week, Luck posted a 142.7 passer rating after tossing two scores and throwing for just under 200 yards in limited action. The poise he exhibits on the field is without question. The point could have been made last week that he was throwing against the Rams defense, not the toughest unit in the league. After last night, that argument doesn’t hold water any longer.

Against the first team Steelers defense last evening, Luck showed exactly why he is going to have a great career in the league. Down 14-0 to the Steelers, Luck rallied the Colts to 17 straight points and a halftime lead. After throwing a pick-six to Ike Taylor, the announcers from Sunday Night Football started with the comments about the rookie mistakes, the growing pains which will come, we can’t expect too much from this young man, yada, yada, yada. That tone changed by halftime.

I’ve now watched both of Luck’s first two games. He does not resemble a rookie quarterback. He makes all the throws. He doesn’t get rattled. And what is more impressive, is the fact that outside of Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie, Luck is throwing to rookie receivers. Andrew Luck is going to be special in this league. I rarely look forward to preseason contests, but this coming week, Andrew Luck squares off against fellow rookie QB, Robert Griffin III.

Fantasy Football Implication- If you play in Dynasty leagues, you need to draft Luck. In standard leagues, Luck could be a low QB2 this season. I like the upside potential of his former Stanford teammate TE Coby Fleener this season. His favorite target this season could become veteran WR Reggie Wayne. Austin Collie suffered an injury last evening which is being described as a possible concussion. This should be concerning for Collie, who has a history of concussions during his career.

Reggie Wayne should be considered a strong flex play this season but as the season progresses, he could emerge as a solid WR2 play.

 

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