Things could not have gone much better for Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck in the team’s preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, as Luck’s first passing attempt went for a 64-yard touchdown pass on his way to an impressive performance in his first NFL game.
It was only preseason and it was against the Rams, who had one of the worst defenses in football last season, yet completing 10-for-16 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in your first professional start is nothing to scoff at.
Make no mistake, Luck showed the he is every bit as good as advertised.
However, fantasy football owners need to not overreact to Luck’s performance on Sunday because after all, it is still just preseason and no matter how you slice it, it is just different than actually doing it when the games start to count. To his credit, Luck basically uttered the same sentiments following the game that was published on ESPN.com:
“To get a win, get in the game and put some drives together is great,” Luck said. “But I realize, and the guys in the locker room realize, it’s a preseason game and things will be different as the season goes along.”
Admittedly, it can be hard not to be swayed by what happens in the preseason but we all just have to remember that these preseason games are just basically glorified practice sessions, where the main objective from the coaching staff is simply to keep their team healthy and find the best 53 guys for the active roster. Outside of those two things, preseason football is meaningless.
Luck did look very good but at this point he is still a backup fantasy quarterback. On the plus side there is a lot of upside potential so he will be well worth a mid-round selection as your QB2 especially if you decided to pass on the elite options early in the draft.
Luck may not be good enough to be considered a starting caliber fantasy quarterback right now but at some point this season he could be, so investing a draft pick in Luck not only gives you a solid backup with starting potential, it also brings potential trade value down the road. Just don’t go crazy and reach too high for him in your draft because after all, it is still just the preseason.