Colts QB Andrew Luck has unexpectedly decided to retire from the NFL and has a press conference set for Sunday to officially announce his decision.
This was absolutely out of nowhere and one of those stories that you almost have to double check that it’s actually Schefter tweeting the news. But it is true. Schefter says Luck has already met with owner Jim Irsay regarding his decision. Luck was not expected to play Week 1, and there was no indication of when he would return. But as it turns out, there will be no return as Schefter reports Luck, 29 years of age, has become mentally worn down. We wish Luck all the best in his retirement. Jacoby Brissett is now officially the starting quarterback in Indianapolis and all other fantasy options for the Colts certainly get bumped down a notch or two.
IND QB Andrew Luck - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook
Andrew Luck bounced back in a big way in 2018 after an injury wiped out his 2017 season. He threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns on his way to winning the AP Comeback Player of the Year award. It was Luck’s best season since 2014 statistically, and he completed a career-high 67.3% of his passes in his first year under Frank Reich. Luck should be excellent in his second year in this system. They added talent in second-round rookie speedster Parris Campbell and free-agent acquisition Devin Funchess, and they didn’t lose anyone of significance. The strides made by the offensive line last season should only continue with continuity.
Luck is only a year removed from missing all of 2017 with a shoulder injury and only Ben Roethlisberger attempted more passes last season. Although Luck was sacked only 18 times all year, his volume exposes him to hits and he’ll turn 30 years old in September. While he was healthy last year, he missed nine games in 2015 and another game in 2016 after beginning his career with 48 consecutive starts. Injury risk aside however, there’s really no downside to Luck.
2019 Bottom Line
As long as he stays healthy, there’s no reason to think Luck won’t once again be an elite fantasy quarterback. His fifth-round ADP makes him a great option in all fantasy league formats, and he should be a nice, steady player for owners who like to roster only one quarterback going into the season.