Last week, some questioned what was wrong with Andrew Luck.
A week later, the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback is AFC Offensive Player of the Week. And for a certain percentage of statistic-conscious fans, he’s become the NFL’s No. 1 player in fantasy football.
Luck has never been one to gush about awards, so you can imagine the third-year pro’s economy with words when asked his thoughts on someone from a far off place, say Omaha, Neb., or Portland, Ore., dying with him and Colts fans, but for fantasy football purposes.
“Well, as long as we get more Colts fans, that’s great,” Luck said Wednesday. “The more, the merrier. So if they’re supporting the Colts, that’s good.”
Luck completed 31-of-39 passes for 370 yards and four TDs in Sunday’s 44-17 win at Jacksonville. The 79.5 pass-completion percentage makes him just the second player in franchise history to complete 75 percent of a game’s passes for at least 350 yards, the other Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas.
In addition to completion percentage, Luck set a career best with a 140.4 passer rating and tied his previous best with four TD passes.
Luck leads the NFL with nine touchdown passes, which is also tied for the most after three games in franchise history. As fantasy owners know, he’s completed 86-of-126 passes (68.3 percent) for 912 yards with nine TDs, three INTs and a 103 passer rating.
This is the third time he’s won the AFC weekly award. And while such records aren’t kept, it’s probably the first time he’s ranked No. 1 in fantasy football.
But don’t think that makes him a fantasy football guy.
“I’ve always thought it’s a little funny in fantasy football, when you support a player on a team,” he said. “That doesn’t quite make sense to me considering the team aspect of football. But if they’re Colts fans, that’s all good with me, yeah.”
Well, they’re not all Colts fans. But for fantasy owners who have him as a quarterback, they’re definitely Luck fans at the moment.
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