As the NFL approaches Week 3, fantasy football players are looking at matchups and wondering what their players are capable of producing. Andrew Luck has been one of the most intriguing players to keep an eye on all season due to his return from an injury that kept him out of the entire 2017 season. He has had two decent weeks, but there are still some questions regarding what he can do.
In Week 3, the Indianapolis Colts are set to face off against the Philadelphia Eagles. New head coach Frank Reich will have his first opportunity to coach against his former team.
Luck is coming off of a rough performance in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins. He threw for 179 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. In addition to those numbers, he completed 21 of his 31 pass attempts.
Philadelphia is not known for their defense, but they are no pushover either. Luck will have his work cut out for him this week, especially on the road against a tough crowd.
That being said, what should fantasy football players expect from Luck this week?
Coming into this week, the Eagles’ pass defense has been rough, to say the least. They are currently ranked 28th against the pass in the entire league, as ESPN statistics show. That stat should give fantasy players confidence in starting Luck in their lineups this week, regardless of who their other QB options are.
Luck has been finding a lot of chemistry with his weapons. T.Y. Hilton, Eric Ebron, Ryan Grant, and Jack Doyle have all done a great job of supporting their quarterback. He has spread the ball around quite a bit as well.
Reich is going to be aggressive with his play-calling this week. There is going to be a part of him that wants to beat his former team and beat them soundly. Putting the football in Luck’s hands is going to be a big part of making that happen.
Indianapolis has not found a consistent ground game just yet. Rookies Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines have shown flashes, but are not going to be the go-to backs. Marlon Mack carried the football 10 times for just 34 yards in the game.
Predicting Luck’s stats isn’t an easy task, but it would be reasonable to expect at least 275 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. His numbers could be much higher than that, however, depending on which version of the Eagles’ secondary shows up.
Luck is without question a QB1 this week. He should score well this week and could end up being one of the highest performing players in the entire league. Philadelphia knows a heavy dosage of Luck is coming their way, but it’s hard to stop an elite quarterback.
Make sure to have Luck in your lineup this week. In daily fantasy league’s, he deserves consideration as an elite quarterback and is well worth putting into your game.