Andrew Luck’s first foray as a starting quarterback in the National Football League went about as well as could be expected, considering he was on the road against the Chicago Bears, one of the NFL’s top defenses.
Yet, Luck held his own. He was not spectacular in the outing and ended up tossing three interceptions compared to just one touchdown. But he also completed 23 of 45 passes for 309 yards, thus without the three interceptions, it would have been a solid fantasy outing for the no.1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
However, this week things should get a little easier for Luck as the Colts return home to Indianapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings, who surrendered 266 passing yards in week one to Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert, the second-year quarterback from Missouri posted a 97.1 passer rating, so Luck should be licking his chops.
The Vikings certainly have a dangerous pass-rush, especially with Jared Allen flying off the edge at a hundred miles an hour. Yet, the Vikings secondary is weak and as the Jags showed in week one it can be exploited.
Luck was able to hang in and put up good yardage against a much better Bears defense, despite the lack of any running game and one legitimate wide receiver.
I expect the Vikings to win this football game but expect to be much closer than the 20-point drubbing the Bears put on the Colts, however it will still be the kind of game where Luck is able to throw the ball 35-40 times, which should easily equate to more than 300 yards passing for the second straight week. I am just betting that Luck will add a pair of touchdown passes and cut it down to just one interception this week, plus I would expect some rushing yards from the former Standford quarterback, who is an underrated athlete.
Here is my projection for Luck: 310 passing yards, two touchdowns, one interceptions, 30 rushing yards = 21 fantasy points.
Therefore if you are in need of some help at the quarterback position or lack an elite option you should consider Luck, who has a very favorable matchup in week two and will get enough passing attempts against a lackluster pass defense that he can come through for your fantasy team.