If you drafted Andrew Luck in the first round, you pretty much have to consider him a sunk cost at this point. We're essentially one-third of the way through the Fantasy season, and he has 51 Fantasy points; he had 151 last season at the same point, including two games with at least 35.
That doesn't mean you have to give up on your season, of course. Even if you are 0-4 and starting Josh McCown this week, there's still time to turn things around. Just think, someone in your league probably drafted C.J. Anderson in the first round; pity them, not yourself.
So, what should you do with Luck if you did draft him? Probably nothing right now. Sorry. That's not exactly the most helpful information ever, but trying to trade him after his second missed game in a row -- coming off one of the worst three-game stretches of his career -- is the definition of "selling low." You're going to get a No. 3 RB and a backup WR, if that, for him right now, and that doesn't help your team.
Try a little patience. I'm not saying you need to hang on to Luck forever, but a panic trade is the wrong way to go about things here. You can't trade him this week anyways, because of the early lineup lock, and that might be a blessing in disguise.
Luck has extra time to prepare for Week 6, and he's got a couple of chances to boost his value then. The New England Patriots are a tough matchup, but he has a chance to put up big numbers in a game he will probably be chasing points for. He had 23 Fantasy points against the Patriots last season's regular season matchup, and the Patriots have given up solid Fantasy days to the likes of Tyrod Taylor and Blake Bortles , in addition to Ben Roethlisberger .
That's a tougher matchup because the Patriots can generate pass rush, and the Indianapolis Colts have obviously struggled to protect Luck. However, if he is healthy for Week 6 and puts up a solid performance, you might want to hold on to him for one more week, with a matchup against the New Orleans Saints on the way. Two more weeks might be enough to boost Luck's value to the point where someone will be willing to believe in him; that's when you trade him.
Luck has a nice two-week soft spot in the schedule, and you want to take advantage of that, because he has the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in Weeks 7 and 8, before a bye. If you can move him after a big game against the Saints, you are probably maximizing your value with Luck, because it's hard to see him truly living up to expectations at this point.
The shoulder injury that has already caused him to miss two weeks seems like a situation that has a chance to get a lot worse if he gets hit the wrong way -- and behind this offensive line, that could happen a lot. No matter what you do with Luck, adding a backup you feel confident in trusting is imperative, because whether you trade him or not it seems fair to say he is no longer the must-start, every-week option you expected coming into the season.
Andrew Luck (shoulder) is inactive for Thursday's game in Houston, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Luck threw the ball around during pregame warmups, but he wasn't expected to play. Matt Hasselbeck, who has been sick all week, will get the start at quarterback.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates that while Andrew Luck (shoulder) is slated to throw pre-game, Matt Hasselbeck (illness) is expected to start at QB for the Indianapolis Colts in Thursday night's game against the Texans.
According to Rapoport, Hasselbeck "flew to Houston planning to start," a notion echoed by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who relays via a source that Hasselbeck (who is still feeling under the weather) is on track to start the contest. We'll continue to monitor the situation as Thursday's kickoff approaches, but it appears as though the Colts are inclined to play it safe with Luck in Week 5, presumably with an eye toward having him available for the team's Oct. 18 contest against the Patriots.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Houston Texans .
Luck's official questionable listing is to be expected after he missed this past Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and was limited at practice during the Colts' current short week.
Meanwhile, Week 4 starter Matt Hasselbeck (illness) was noted to be a full practice participant Wednesday, but is also listed as questionable, nonetheless.
Per ESPN's Mike Wells' sources, the plan is for Luck to start Thursday's game, though such an outcome may not be confirmed until the Colts' Week 5 inactives are released on Thursday.
With Matt Hasselbeck bothered by an illness, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) took most of the first-team snaps at Tuesday's practice, according to the team's website.
Between Hasselbeck's illness and the fact that it was a light practice, Luck's dominance of the snaps doesn't carry much significance.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Luck is trending in the right direction, but Pagano also suggested that the team won't push things. Even after Monday's optimistic reports, Luck may be headed for a game-time decision Thursday against the Houston Texans .
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