The Indianapolis Colts selected Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Fantasy analysis: Luck most likely will start from Week 1 on and should experience some of the typical growing pains that rookie passers go through. He has limited weapons around him, and the running game is far from proven. Indy's offensive line is a bit patchwork, as well, but Luck's shrewd football IQ should help offset some of the team's shortcomings. The Colts will look to find a trio of young talent to help grow with Luck, which means you can count on several skill position players to be drafted.
Expect the front office to give Luck more weapons through the draft and, perhaps, via the extremely thin free-agent class that remains. Much like when Peyton Manning was a rookie, there will be good moments (26 touchdowns) and forgettable plays (28 interceptions). Bruce Arians' offense is about as vanilla as they come, so a full offseason should lead to Luck having a firm grasp of the playbook early in the season.
At best, he is a very low-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback, so you shouldn't get your hopes up. What Cam Newton was able to do last year was the exception, not the rule. Luck will be very good one day, although his best fantasy football value is through full-retention keeper formats.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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