Breaking Injury News: Colts Andrew Luck Out 2-6 Weeks With Lacerated Kidney
Apparently, Andrew Luck was playing through more issues than we thought. The official report is that Luck is out 2-6 weeks due to a lacerated kidney and abdominal injury. The two-week timetable sounds aggressive and six weeks would mean Luck wouldn't return until championship week. What do Fantasy Football owners do now?
Andrew Luck Owners:
Panic. I'm giving you permission... a bit. Luck looked good last week, and the bye week was perfectly timed to get him 100 percent and walk into a cake schedule the rest of the way. It's why I had been pleading with everyone to buy low. Your immediate replacement is Matt Hasselbeck if the waivers are void of starters, but there may be other options out there. Tony Romo hit the waivers in many leagues with owners not patient enough for his return. Romo is a Top 10 quarterback when healthy. Derek Carr has been borderline terrific, only has the Broncos matchup to worry about and is still under 60 percent owned. Tyrod Taylor is under 60 percent as well, but assuming your league is more active, you probably have to go deeper. Jay Cutler has double-digit points in all but one game against Arizona (when he got hurt too), and will keep passing plenty... for as long as he cares. Matthew Stafford looked better for one game after the coaching change and still has promise if the Lions made more adjustments during the bye. Somehow, Blake Bortles is still under 60 percent owned. This guy needs more respect and would easily be my top choice.
Frank Gore Owners:
Gore averaged four more rushing attempts, an additional 11.5 yards and 2.0 Fantasy points with Matt Hasselbeck at QB. Gore should see more work, but don't forget Ahmad Bradshaw is in the mix now. Don't worry about Gore, but I'd look to handcuff him with Bradshaw and even grab Bradshaw in deeper leagues if I don't own Gore.
Colts WRs Owners:
First off, do NOT drop Donte Moncrief. Yes, T.Y. Hilton is now a WR2 and Moncrief will be an inconsistent WR3. But Moncrief still has a ceiling in the high-WR2 range, so you can play the matchups. In addition, if Luck comes back quickly, you'll hate yourself for dropping Moncrief.
Non Colts Owners:
If you have the roster space, make an offer on Luck. As mentioned, if he returns in just a few weeks, that schedule is so nice that he could easily lead you to a championship. Make sure you can take the risk and only pay a QB2 price, but get him where you can. I'd do the same for Hilton and especially Moncrief, as many owners are asking about dropping him. It sounds as though you could get Moncrief for pennies. Gore's value doesn't change much, so I wouldn't look to trade for him or treat him any differently.
If you own Luck or the receivers, try to ride it out. However, it's late in the season and if you need quarterback or receiver help and can't find it on the wire, make trades now - even if you are the one selling those Colts for 60 cents on the dollar. If you are sitting pretty and have the room to take the risk, make offers and get the Colts for the playoffs. Unfortunately, the two sides of the Luck injury coin are vastly different in terms of "luck," but that's Fantasy Football and you have to be ready and willing to adapt to injury situations.
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