Andrew Luck Fantasy News

Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:18am

SI - [Full Article]

Perhaps whatever incentives are in Hakeem Nicks's contract will do their job and remind him to put forth more effort than he did when the Giants needed him so badly in 2013. Perhaps what happened with Nicks in 2013 had more to do with the overall collapse of the Giants' offense, and the pass-happy Colts and Andrew Luck will pump his numbers back up and he'll get his big deal next year, when the salary cap is expected to rise significantly again.

Perhaps the one-year deal is merely a stepping stone to a longer deal, and if the Colts like him he could continue talks and sign an extension during the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Nicks has failed to score a TD in 17 straight games and his knees are a concern. Still, it's a low-risk move for the Colts, who are likely trying to look for a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne (torn ACL). The signing puts a small dent in T.Y. Hilton's upside, while Wayne's stock takes a bigger hit. As for Nicks, he has finished outside of the top 50 at his position for two straight seasons, but he's still just 26 years old and still has time to turn his career around, assuming he's fully healthy. His ADP in early drafts is in the 9th round and it might rise a bit with this change of scenery.

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Trent Richardson plans to 'learn the system' this offseason
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 11:51am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts RB Trent Richardson spent too much time thinking when he took the handoff than running with the type of speed and force that made him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

“Learn the system, not just memorizing it,” Richardson said. “Learning the whole concept of the system. There's a difference between having it memorized and feeling comfortable with the system. I’m going talk to a lot of veteran players, talk to Adrian (Peterson), talk to (LaDainian Tomlinson) , talk to Emmitt Smith to make sure I’m the best I need to be next year.”

The Colts went from pulling off the biggest trade of last season when they acquired Richardson from the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick to currently having the move favor the Browns after Richardson only averaged 2.9 yards a carry. The thought of the dynamic duo of Richardson and quarterback Andrew Luck has yet to come together. Richardson ended up losing the starting running back position to Donald Brown on Dec. 1, 2013.

Fantasy Impact:

We're not terribly optimistic that T-Rich will be able to turn it around. Other than the 11 rushing TDs, he wasn't very good (3.6 YPC) in Cleveland. And while some would blame the Indianapolis offensive line for Richardson's struggles (2.9 YPC), Donald Brown (5.3 YPC) ran just fine behind the same unit. Brown is a free agent and should be re-signed, but the Colts appear to be "all in" on Richardson after giving up a first round pick for him.


Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:45am

USA Today - [Full Article]

A second NFL personnel executive said Colts WR T.Y. Hilton would take on a frontline, prominent role.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said what the Colts will miss is the QB friendliness, trust and easiness Reggie Wayne gave QB Andrew Luck, who always knew where the vet would be. But the news for Hilton owners is pretty encouraging at least.

Colts want to get T-Rich the ball 'out in space'
Friday, November 1, 2013, 5:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It's been talked about on a weekly basis now, but having running back Trent Richardson find his rhythm will help ease some of the burden on Andrew Luck and the receivers. ESPN's Jeff Chadiha wrote a story Thursday about how the Colts will regret making the trade for Richardson. He's averaging 3.0 yards a carry and his long is 16 yards in five games with the Colts.

"I have to do a better job of finding ways to get Trent out in space," OC Pep Hamilton said. "I have to do a better job coming up with schemes that not only give our offensive line a chance to be successful, but of course create holes for Trent and create schemes that compliment his wealth of talent. That's one of the things that we spent time as an offensive staff looking at during the bye week."

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson only has two catches in five games with the Colts after catching 51 balls in 2012. It sounds as if Hamilton recognizes that he should be catching more passes, but it shouldn't take five games to realize this.

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 2:58pm

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

Indianapolis wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who signed a one-year, $3 million contract after being released by the Raiders to avoid paying a $7.7 million salary, got rave reviews from Pagano and quarterback Andrew Luck.
"He's been outstanding from the first day he walked in the building until this morning's walk-through," Pagano said. "He's been unbelievable. He's an extremely hard worker who did not miss a day of our offseason program.

"I'd be shocked if he doesn't have an outstanding season."

Said Luck on a conference call: "He's a really awesome teammate. A tireless worker. It's been very impressive. I think he's going to do great things for us this season."

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like the Colts will follow through with their plan to start Heyward-Bey over T.Y. Hilton thanks to DHB's versatility as a blocker in the running game. Hilton should see the field plenty, but limited snaps mean limited upside.

Sunday, August 25, 2013, 10:17am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Indianapolis Colts' no-coast offense sliced and diced the preseason darling Cleveland Browns Saturday night. In the midst of wrapping sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck in a praise blanket, Colts coach Chuck Pagano pointed to the one thing that could doom his offense in 2013.

"He's running way too much," Pagano said after the Colts' 27-6 victory. "I know that. He's running way too much. We've got to do a better job of keeping him clean."

Fantasy Impact:

Keeping Luck safe was a goal heading into the offseason, but those efforts might have been hindered when left tackle Anthony Castonzo left Saturday's game with a right knee sprain, according to the story. Luck actually ran 62 times last season, collecting 5 TDs. If the team has its way, those perhaps forgotten numbers by fantasy owners, may take a hit.

Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:33am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

New Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is drawing strong reviews in Indy, despite reportedly having five drops in his first two days of Colts camp.

“He had two back-to-back really good days,” coach Chuck Pagano told reporters on Thursday, “so I think like anything else, you make a catch here, you make a catch there and yesterday opened with a big play and so I think from there he is just starting to obviously feel more comfortable in the offense terminology-wise, all the play calls, things like that and then he’s making plays whether it is big plays down the field, underneath, so I think from a confidence standpoint, a mental standpoint he is just getting more comfortable and obviously the chemistry is starting to grow between him and [Andrew Luck].”

Fantasy Impact:

We believe that T.Y. Hilton will finish with more snaps, but even if he doesn't, he's a solid pick in the 8th/9th round. He only played 65% of the snaps that Donnie Avery did in 2012, and still finished as a fantasy WR3.

RGIII has Redskins 'astonished'
Monday, July 15, 2013, 2:03pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

So far, the signs are good for Redskins QB Robert Griffin III.

His long speed is back, he's cutting again and Griffin even walks without any sign of a limp when the brace is removed from his surgically repaired knee.

A source acknowledged that whatever test the team's medical staff puts before Griffin, "he completely smashes it." According to the source, the Redskins are "astonished" by his progress.

Fantasy Impact:

The story does point out that the Redskins have yet to set a time or date to clear RGIII, according to the same source. We rank RGIII 8th on our QB list with an ADP of the 7th round. The injury should perhaps stay in the back of your mind, but it seems like all systems go if you were targeting Griffin for your fantasy team. You could do far worse waiting that far into a draft to pick your QB, but it looks like Matt Stafford, Andrew Luck and Tony Romo could also be options in that same round.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 10:43am

Arizona Republic - [Full Article]

For the first time in years, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is studying at night in the off-season, although with new HC Bruce Arians, Fitzgerald is never sure what’s going to be on the test the next day. Fitzgerald might study his usual position, the “X,” then be asked to do something completely different, like play the “Z” (flanker), or the “F,” which is sort of a slot position.

Fantasy Impact:

Arians had a hand in Reggie Wayne's revival (106-1355-5) with the Colts, but the arrival of Andrew Luck didn't hurt either. Fitzgerald is seeing an upgrade at QB as well, and should return to fantasy WR1 form.

QB Tyler Wilson impresses at rookie camp
Monday, May 13, 2013, 9:42am

Contra Costa Times - [Full Article]

As far as rookies go, quarterback Tyler Wilson looked nothing of the sort Saturday as he displayed the poise and skills of a seasoned veteran in only his second practice as a member of the Raiders.

Wilson showed off a strong arm, placing balls right on target time and again, be it swing passes, throws over the middle or well downfield.

“Obviously, picking up a new system, there’s a little bit of rust there,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Wilson. “But throwing the ball, he’s done a nice job. I don’t have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's certainly possible that Wilson could win the job this summer. After the success of Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, teams may be more willing to go with the rookie when given the choice. Matt Flynn stands in Wilson's way.

Arians targeting 100 receptions, 10-15 TDs for Larry Ftzgerald
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:34pm

Sports Radio Interviews - [Full Article]

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians on WR Larry Fitzgerald:

“It was a down year, and it’s nice to see him on a mission right now to get back to where he was, and rightfully so. He’s a premier player and we need to have him back up over 100 catches and 10-15 touchdowns.”

Fantasy Impact:

Under Arians, Colts WR Reggie Wayne finished 2012 with 106-1355-5, but Wayne was also helped by the arrival of QB Andrew Luck. Fitzgerald should also see an improvement in QB with Carson Palmer under center. Palmer is no savior, but he should provide at least mediocre play at QB which will be a big improvement from the three-headed monster of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. We're expecting a bounce-back season for Fitzy, who still is among the most-talented WRs in the NFL.

Shanahan: RG3 will "set a record" in ACL recovery
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 11:40am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The talk that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is making an unprecedented recovery from reconstructive knee surgery continues.

Two weeks after Dr. James Andrews, who performed Griffin’s surgery, referred to Griffin’s recovery as “superhuman,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said in an interview on NFL Network that Griffin’s hard work in rehab is already leading to significant progress.

“He’s over at the facility, rehabbing all of the time. He’ll set a record for coming back because that’s how hard he works,” Shanahan said.

Shanahan cautioned, however, that the Redskins won’t rush Griffin and won’t even have an estimate for when he’ll be back to full-speed on-field work until training camp starts.

“He is ahead, but there’s a process. It takes time. Robert will do it the right way and we’ll find out in July exactly where he’s at,” Shanahan said. “He will not come back until he’s 100 percent.”

Shanahan also continues to say that the read-option offense, which some people think exposes Griffin to too many hits, actually protects Griffin. Shanahan says the biggest thing he wants Griffin to pick up is knowing when to slide at the end of a run.

Fantasy Impact:

If Griffin is on track to start Week 1, we'll have unprecedented depth at QB with the addition of RG3, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick to solid fantasy starter status. Regardless of his status, owners would be wise to wait until the 5th round or later to draft a QB.

Carroll: Russell Wilson is going to "bust out" in 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013, 1:18pm

Seahawks.com - [Full Article]

One of the more interesting responses from Seahawks HC Pete Carroll came when he was asked who he believes will be the Seahawks’ breakout player in 2013. His answer? Quarterback Russell Wilson.

“I think it’s going to be Russell Wilson,” Carroll said. “I think he’s going to really do well this year. He’s going to bust out and will benefit tremendously from his first year. It may be hard to imagine he’s going to get any better, but I think he’s going to get a lot better, being he was a first year starter, first time in the League.”

Fantasy Impact:

Overshadowed by Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, Wilson had arguably the best season of any rookie QB (ever) not named Cam Newton. He accounted for 30 total TDs (26 pass, four rush) and rushed for the third-most yardage among all QBs in 2012. Wilson averaged 20.2 fantasy points in his final eight games after averaging 11.3 FP in the first half of the season. Even if we remove W15 (where he rushed for three TDs after not rushing for a score all year), he averaged 18.0 FP in the second half of the season. With the addition of WR Percy Harvin, Wilson is looking like a solid starting fantasy QB in 2013. Like the other rookies and first-year starters, there's always the possibility that defenses will be able to scheme against them, and Wilson's average passing yardage (195 per game) won't help his fantasy value weather a regression in touchdowns.

Sunday, March 24, 2013, 12:01pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

New Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is trying to minimize changes in the playbook and adapt as much of Bruce Arians’ offense as possible to make it easier on his young players. That includes terminology, formations and personnel groups. Even though Andrew Luck is familiar with Hamilton’s old offense because they worked together at Stanford, Hamilton and Chuck Pagano don’t want to burden the rest of the offense too much. And, they want to stick with what worked.

Cardinals content with Drew Stanton as starting QB
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:22pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

New Cardinals coach Bruce Arians appears ready to anoint Drew Stanton as his starting quarterback.

Asked by Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network whether he thinks his starting quarterback is currently on the roster, Arians answered, “Yes, we have a very capable one in Drew Stanton.”

Arians continued that Stanton played for him last year as Andrew Luck’s backup in Indianapolis, which makes him comfortable that he has a quarterback who can run his offense effectively.

“Drew knows the offense, he is more than capable of doing it. If he is our guy, I am comfortable,” Arians said.

Fantasy Impact:

Stanton has been in the league for four seasons and Arians knows him well. Expectations won't be high, but even if the Cardinals can get mediocre play out of Stanton, it will be an improvement for WR Larry Fitzgerald.