Stanford QB Andrew Luck was the first overall selection of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft. He came with the highest of expectations with comparisons made to him with Peyton Manning and former Denver Broncos QB John Elway. In this era of social media hype, it’s easy to get players expectations highly inflated. After watching the first few series of Luck with his new teammates on the Colts, don’t worry about the hype, this man is very impressive.
Luck finished his first half of action against the St. Louis Rams by completing 10 of 16 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He led the Colts on another drive which resulted on a rushing touchdown scoring drive.
Luck threw a screen pass to RB Donald Brown on his first play under center and Brown scampered 68 yards for a touchdown. Luck’s success wasn’t just predicated on screen passes, his ball handling has been pretty impressive. His game management, his down field throws, all were as advertised. He completed passes to receivers which might not even remain on the Colts roster after next season.
This is one composed quarterback. His intelligence of the game was not over exaggerated. Yes, it’s one half of the first pre-season game and I’m not ready to get the bust ready for the Hall of Fame, but he was very impressive in his limited action.
Fantasy implications- Yes, Luck was impressive in his first appearance but there are too many quality veteran quarterbacks to draft as your starting quarterback on your fantasy roster. If you are playing in Dynasty leagues, Luck must be on the top of your list. I’m not shaking up my fantasy draftboard after just 1/2 of the first pre-season game Luck plays, but if this success continues, I might consider him as a QB2, as the Colts have some very favorable matchups early on in the season. He sees Minnesota, Miami, Cleveland and Jacksonville twice before Week 10. The backend of the Colts schedule is brutal.
In fantasy circles, I don’t believe that he will equal Cam Newton’s numbers from 2011, but he looks to be more than prepared to become a star in the NFL.