Andrew Luck’s Retirement Spins Fantasy Football
In case you haven’t seen all the buzz from this weekend, Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck declared his retirement just weeks before the start of the 2019 season. I mean we’re already going through preseason games, plenty of legaues have already drafted their fantasy teams, and this bombshell hits us. Honestly, I support this decision, and it’s not just because my league doesn’t draft for another three days. With his injury history this may be the best move for him, but I don’t think this is the last we will hear from him. He loves the sport, just not the toll it has taken on his body. He is also only 29 years old, which leaves him plenty of time to get bored. Maybe we will see him return in a coaching role of some form. It is likely he will take some time to finish rehabing his injuries before making any executive decisions.
The Impact on the Colts Roster
It will be interesting to see how the average draft positions change for various players on the Colts’ team. T.Y. Hilton is still an elite receiver and will be a number one option no matter who is throwing the ball. I don’t trust Brissett to throw the ball near as well as Luck would have, but he will get the job done and T.Y will still get a good number of catches. Im guessing he will only fall back about 10 or 15 draft spots. Eric Ebron has a break through year last year and was one of the top scoring tight ends in fantasy football. Even before Luck’s retirement announcement, I was expecting a drop in fantasy production from Ebron. I mean did anyone else see all the drops he had in Detroit? One good year isn’t enough to sway my mindset on him.
On the other hand, I expect some player to see an increase in average draft position following this announcement. With Brissett not quite having the same skillset as Luck, I would expect to see the Colts to run the ball more often, in combination with some option plays. This is a good sign for runningbacks Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines. Even Jordan Wilkins may benefit from this if his foot injury heals well. Another player who I think may do well is Devin Funchess. I don’t relate this to the quarterback change however, but rather to him having something to prove. His output on the field last year was minimal and this reflected in his fantasy production. I think being dropped by one team put him in a spot of needing to prove himself, especially since he only secured a one year contract with Indianapolis.
What Should You Do If You Drafted Andrew Luck?
If you are in the unfortunate scenario of having Andrew Luck as your starting quarterback, don’t panic, take a deep breathe and look at your options. There are plenty of quarterbacks that are going undrafted that have plenty of potential. Look how Ryan Fitzpatrick played last year before he became an interception machine. Maybe now that he is staring in Miami he will have a comeback year. Nick Foles is starting for the Jaguars as well and has a high potential. He did just win a Superbowl 2 years ago. Sam Darnold is sure to have a better year with his second season in the league. With the addition of Le’Veon Bell, they may focus on a run-heavy offense, but he can catch the ball for short passes as well. Maybe you drafted a backup quarterback already so your by-week quarterback may have to be your starter. Trading is also an option as well. If you are confident in you’re depth, maybe cut some slack and try to get a middle of th pack quarterback. I doubt you will be able to pull Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson from someone, but everything has a price.
Unless you decided that stacking your fantasy team with Colts’ players was a genius idea, then this should not be a make or break factor for your fantasy team. Jacoby Brissett is not terrible. He played through Andrew Luck’s Injury last year. Brissett can still throw the ball. He is not Andrew Luck but there could be worse backup players. And who knows, maybe they will make a trade and try to pickup another quarterback. Best of luck to you in your leagues, the countdown is on.