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Andrew Luck Retiring: Fantasy Football Analysis

Andrew Luck is retiring what does that mean for #FantasyFootball ?!

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news at 8:28 pm that the Colts quarterback will be retiring from the National Football League.

This was crazy news and came right after Texans running back Lamar Miller was injured and later reviled he tore his ACL.

As a fantasy owner what do you do now?

As the Andrew Luck owner there are a few things you need to do before freaking out and quitting. The first is reading this article where we discuss 3 late round QB’s you can get late in your draft or on the waiver wire.

If those three guy’s are gone you will need to take a serious look into Jacoby Brissett. Brissett has participated as the teams number one quarterback practically the whole offseason. The Colts even held him out of the third week of the preseason as a precaution, and there is little to no chance he plays next week.

The last time Brissett played was 2017 when Luck missed the whole season. In that season Brissett went 276 of 469 for 3,098 yards with 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Brissett also ran 63 times for 260 yards and 4 touchdowns.

These actually numbers really aren’t that bad. In 2017 it was only Brissett’s second year, and he played in 3 games as a rookie. Brissett has a nice rushing floor that I think he will expand on and his passing stats are almost guaranteed to go up.

Brissett will now have been in the league for 4 years and the second in this regime. He has a much better idea of the playbook and his chemistry is better with all the receiving options on the team. I’m not saying he will be a top 12 guy, I’m saying he could be a solid play when you need or if you are in a two QB league you can use him if you have to.

Now that we have discussed Brissett we have to discuss all the other positions. Let’s start with T.Y. Hilton.

Hilton in 2017 with Brissett as his QB finished as the 25th wide receiver with 57 catches on 109 targets for 966 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The tough thing with Hilton is that he does not catch a lot of touchdowns he has never had over 7 touchdowns in a season. He is a big yardage guy. When you downgrade from Luck to Brissett you will see a decline in production. Hilton at his current ADP in the 3rd round is undraftable.

The earliest I would take Hilton is the 5th round as a flex play. In 2017 that’s what he was and maybe we will see him in the 20-24 range but I cannot see him finishing higher than that.

The rest of the wide receivers are officially undraftable and are only waiver wire pick ups at best.

The tight ends are get a bump down. I was already off of Ebron this year due to his draft price and inevitable regression but now he is undraftbale to me. He is at best a streamer like Jack Doyle.

Speaking of Doyle he actually was pretty good with Brissett in 2017. He finished as the number 8 tight end and he caught 80 of 108 passes and 4 touchdowns. I think Doyle will be even more involved with Brissett as the QB. The best part is you can get him off of waivers right now or very late in your draft, and will become the tight end to own in Indianapolis.

The final player to discuss is Marlon Mack. He was going to be a solid play in 2019 but I think now he is a fringe RB 2/RB 3. He is not the pass catching back for this team. I think this team is going to be in a lot of games where they are behind in the second half now. This means Nyheim Hines is going to skyrocket in value. Mack will still be the rusher but in any PPR type of league I am staying away and would rather take Hines later in the 12th round.

Andrew Luck is retiring what does that mean for #FantasyFootball ?!

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