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How Andrew Luck and the Colts Can Beat the Raiders in Week 8

Oct 23, 2018 6:22 PM EDT
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  • Andrew Luck's much-anticipated return got off to a slow start, but the quarterback is coming into form at the right time.
  • Here's how the Indianapolis Colts can pull out the road win at the Oakland Raiders in Week 8.

I’ll be leveraging my experience as a fantasy analyst with a statistics background and a high school football coach to identify aspects of one matchup every week that you can take advantage of while setting your fantasy football lineups and/or placing bets on the upcoming slate.

For Week 8, we’re focusing on the AFC matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders.

Andrew Luck’s Long Awaited Return

Andrew Luck has been one of the best young quarterbacks since he entered the league in 2012. There are plenty of ways to evaluate this, but fantasy points might be the simplest approach.

Here are his season-by-season finishes among fantasy QBs:

  • 2012: 8
  • 2013: 6
  • 2014: 2
  • 2015: 28
  • 2016: 4

The only time he didn’t finish inside the top eight was 2015 — the season he played only seven games due to injury — a theme that would later repeat itself. And he did this all behind an offensive line that ranked inside the bottom five for pass blocking two times and inside the top 12 only once over that span (per Pro Football Focus).

After Luck missed all of 2017 due to surgery on the torn labrum in his throwing shoulder — an injury he suffered in 2015 and played through all of 2016 — there was a lot of excitement about his return in 2018.

But he wasn’t all the way back.

Luck’s Deep Ball Woes

It was obvious that one major piece of Luck’s arsenal was missing upon his return: His deep ball.

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