This post comes from Justin Becker of FantasyFootballOverdose.com. You can follow him on Twitter @NBAandNFLInfo or on the Fantasy Football Overdose Google+ Page, and for more NFL Fantasy Projections visit Fantasy Football Overdose.
Before the 2014 NFL season started, Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit declared Indianapolis Colts passer Andrew Luck to be the next great quarterback. In fact, Benoit even suggested Luck might be the best quarterback in the entire league by mid-season.
While that’s a bold declaration and it’s probably too early to tell if Luck is that far along in the real NFL world, it’s a valid thought to ponder concerning fantasy football.
Despite an 0-2 start, Luck has turned his team’s season around with a four-game winning streak. That helps his case for "best quarterback" in real life, but it really gets the argument going for those who think Luck just might be the best quarterback in the fantasy scene.
So, is he? At first glance, that sure seems to be the case through his first six games. Luck has the Colts registering as the league’s top scoring offense, and in that same breath he’s pacing all quarterbacks with 17 passing touchdowns. Three quarterbacks are right behind him with 15 scores, but Luck also leads the league in passing yardage with 1,987 yards, as well.
Of course, even though Luck is already ahead of the pack, one extra tidbit separates him from everyone else that’s close at the moment: his rushing stats. In addition to scorching everyone with his arm, Luck has been as good as ever in 2014 on the ground, as he’s added an additional 93 yards and two touchdowns with his legs.
Through six weeks, it’s not a debate. Andrew Luck is the top scoring quarterback in the fantasy football realm and you probably wish you drafted him. If you did, you may not have lost many games. The best part of it all? You didn’t have to spend a first, second or probably even a third round pick to land him in your league’s fantasy draft.
No, the young and merely rising Luck (fantasy football’s #4 fantasy passer a year ago, by the way) was taken in the fifth round, on average.
In an era where quarterback is the deepest of all the positions, fantasy owners waited longer and longer to land their QB1 and if you got Luck, you got the best producer at a major discount.
To this point, Luck has been on a pretty ridiculous pace when it comes to passing yardage, as he’s put up well over 300 passing yards in five of six games. He’s also been the poster boy of consistency, as he’s offered up either 300 yards or 2+ touchdowns in every game this year. He does commit turnovers (probably more than some would like), but he’s been putting up these numbers on a weekly basis and he’s been winning games in the process.
More important than where Luck rests among the fantasy ranks right now, though, is assessing whether or not he can continue that hot roll for the rest of the season.
After seeing Luck rise over the past two years and produce as a top-five fantasy quarterback a year ago, there really isn’t any reason to think otherwise.
Is it certain that he’ll hold off the likes of Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees and stick as king kong of fantasy quarterbacks in 2014? No, it’s too early to make that bold of a prediction.
But the ability, talent, supporting cast and trajectory all maps out to it being a very real possibility. Regardless of your stance on Andrew Luck’s place in the NFL or the fantasy scene, one thing has been made very clear; he’s already quite good and he’s only going to get better.