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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: ANDREW LUCK ON BORDER OF BEING CUT LOOSE AFTER LATEST INJURY

Unbelievable.  That had to be the reaction of anyone who heard the latest news regarding Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck who will now miss the next 2-6 weeks with a lacerated kidney.  This after the guy who was the number 1 pick in more leagues this season outside of Jamaal Charles already sat for two games earlier in the season with an injured shoulder.  In between Luck was a turnover machine as he tossed a ridiculous 12 interceptions in only 7 games, with 15 touchdowns.  Obviously Luck fell way short of the lofty expectations many had for him this season which included this publication who had him as the number 2 QB overall behind Aaron Rodgers.  The fact of the matter now is that even if Luck does make a comeback for the playoff weeks, he has already locked up a major BUST label for 2015.  Now the question for the screwed Luck owners is whether they should hold onto him, as the 6-week timeframe has him pretty much finished for the rest of the fantasy football season.  In addition, even if Luck does return, his play has been so bad that he may not even be worth starting.  Remember than San Diego Chargers wideout Keenan Allen is out for the season with a similar injury and so it is foolish to think Luck can make it back in two weeks.  Ultimately we would wait a week or two just to see if a miracle does happen but I also won't blame anyone for cutting the guy outright.

So what went wrong here?  How could Luck fail to meet expectations at such a high order?  Well the most blame goes to the simply brutal Indianapolis offensive line which outside of the Detroit Lions', is the worst graded unit in the game.  Luck has run for his life all season and the brutal hits he has taken have destroyed his health and season.  When the Colts draft Philip Dorsett in an arrogant and needless move in Round 1 of the draft last May and not the offensive lineman they had to get was another example of the front office hurting Luck.  In addition to the injuries and sacks, Luck no doubt has gotten jumpy in the pocket and rushed throws which led to the picks.  It was a perfect storm of a busted season.

So right now a little more than halfway through the season, the consensus top four picks in drafts in Charles, Luck, Eddie Lacy, and Le'Veon Bell have all gone down as tremendous busts.  In addition, Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown, and Demaryuis Thomas have all seen their numbers go down as well.  In short, the first round this past summer has been an utter disgrace of busted performances. 

 

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