With his shoulder feeling good and our fingers crossed, Andrew Luck is expected to return to the field for the Colts in 2018. The veteran signal caller took limited practice reps during a June minicamp and has bulked up in preparation for his comeback after missing the entire 2017 season. He'll slide into a new offensive scheme curated by coach Frank Reich and play behind what is easily the strongest O-line he's ever worked with. It should lead to plenty of passing and a chance for Luck to return to form as one of Fantasy's great quarterbacks. Remember, in the three years before his injury, Luck posted 20-plus Fantasy points in 76.3 percent of his games. Fortunately, there hasn't been a better time in the history of Fantasy Football to take a chance on a quarterback like this. Because the position is so ripe with stat-producing talent, an owner could spend a pick on Luck and still get another arm toward the end of the draft. Best of all, it would take two picks past Round 6, so the investment is small and the reward could be huge. Don't be shy to take Luck this summer so long as you add another passer -- Jameis Winston? Patrick Mahomes? Matt Ryan? -- with one of your last four choices.
Luck hasn't felt pain in his throwing shoulder since he resumed throwing footballs in May, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports. Reporters didn't spot Luck throwing footballs until the Colts' minicamp practice back on June 12, but the quarterback apparently began doing so in private workouts about a month earlier. It's encouraging that he isn't dealing with any soreness, suggesting that his lengthy recovery program is finally back on track. Prior to heading to training camp July 25, Luck will continue rehabbing in California, where he plans to meet with a group of Colts receivers for throwing sessions. Luck seems to be on track to start Week 1 against the Bengals, but his progress will still need to be closely monitored throughout camp and the preseason.
Although Tuesday marked the first time Luck (shoulder) threw a football in public, he indicated after practice that he had been throwing a football for the last two weeks, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports. He also said after practice that he will "absolutely" play in Week 1 against the Bengals, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports. If what Luck says is true, it's an encouraging sign his arm has held up well over the past couple weeks. He still has a ways to go in his rehab, but a return to the public eye Tuesday at least provides some encouragement that he could be ready to start at some point in 2018. The 28-year-old believes Week 1 isn't out of the question, and Jim Irsay's comment indicating he will have no limitations to begin training camp echoes that notion. However, potential fantasy owners should track Luck's progress during training camp for a better indication of whether that will come to fruition.
Luck (shoulder) was throwing passes with a football in practice Tuesday, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports. It's the first time he's thrown a football since October 2017. Luck made some progress during minicamp in late April by taking some snaps and handing the ball off, but this is a significant benchmark. He missed all of the 2017 campaign because of the shoulder injury after posting an impressive 31:13 TD:INT ratio in his fifth year under center for the Colts back in 2016. We'll need to see how his shoulder responds from throwing again, but it's now a lot easier to envision Luck under center for the Colts in 2018.
Colts head coach Frank Reich said Thursday that Luck (shoulder) is getting "real close" to throwing a football, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Luck made some progress during minicamp in late April by taking some snaps and handing the ball off, but the big leap will involve throwing a regulation NFL football in a practice setting for the first time in a long time. He missed all of the 2017 campaign because of the shoulder injury after posting an impressive 31:13 TD:INT ratio in his fifth year under center for the Colts back in 2016. Luck still has four years remaining on his current contract with the Colts as he enters his age-28 season. When he does return to the field, not only will he have to develop a rapport with a new coaching staff, but he will have a bunch of new faces to get in sync with on offense. Indianapolis added Eric Ebron and Ryan Grant to the fold through free agency and Daurice Fountain, Deon Cain, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins through the draft. Not included in that list is second-year back Marlon Mack (shoulder), who also has little-to-no meaningful reps with Luck.
Colts head coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that he anticipates Luck (shoulder) throwing during the break between the end of minicamp and the beginning of training camp, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports. Luck took some snaps and handed the ball off during minicamp in late April, an indication he has made some progress in his recovery. However, the big test of his health of his shoulder will come when he uncorks passes for the first time since October. If Luck remains on track with his rehab schedule, it wouldn't be surprising to see him participating in some fashion when training camp begins in August. In addition to proving his health, Luck will face the additional task of developing a rapport with the new coaching staff and a number of new faces at skill positions. Eric Ebron and Ryan Grant joined the club via free agency and the Colts added a trio of weapons through the draft in wideouts Daurice Fountain and Deon Cain and running back Nyheim Hines.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/05||@New England Patriots||30||21.53|
|6||10/14||@New York Jets||26||21.00|
|16||12/23||New York Giants||32||22.88|
|3 Year Avg||60.6||2040||15||8||179||1||184|