How Andrew Luck's retirement impacts fantasy football

Pete Davidson
August 25, 2019 - 12:50 pm

The impact of Andrew Luck’s unexpected retirement hits various fantasy GMs in various ways.  So let’s break this down into two primary groups.  Those who have already drafted and those who have not.

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For those who have yet to draft, you can simply adjust your board and move ahead unscathed.  I’ll bullet-point the important adjustments below.

  • The new starter, our old friend, Jacoby Brissett, is now a viable option in 2QB and Superflex formats.  He’s also on the streaming radar in single QB formats.
  • T.Y. Hilton gets a slight downgrade but is still a viable WR2 for fantasy purposes.
  • Rookie Parris Campbell’s value takes a minor dip, but he’s still a legit sleeper in deep leagues.
  • Eric Ebron was already a TE2 for me, but he’s even farther down my board now.
  • Marlon Mack will still be the workhorse, but I’m dropping his touchdown projection from 10 to 7 and he should lose some receptions as well.  He’s a medium RB2 at this point.

I will have fully updated rankings and cheat sheets (all free) at later today.

Now for those of you who have already drafted.  Luck is obviously a sunk cost.  The good news is that the QB position is so deep that you should be able to go to your waiver wire for a replacement—if you need one.  In really deep formats, you should be able to make a play for Brissett in free agency—perhaps even in 2QB and Superflex.

For those of you who have already invested in Hilton, Mack and the other skill players, my advice would be to sit tight rather than sell at a discount.  Frank Reich is a highly competent head coach.  It’s possible that he finds ways to play well with Brissett at the helm.

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