With the news that Andrew Luck is retiring from football, NFL fans are thinking of two things; will Andrew Luck come back to football at some point and where does this leave the Indianapolis Colts? I’m not sure anyone knows, but we can at least consider how it impacts things on a fantasy football level.
The news vaults Jacoby Brissett to the starting quarterback job and it has to downgrade all of Indy’s top skill position players. It could hurt running back Marlon Mack from a defensive focus perspective, or it could lead to increased volume. Brissett doesn’t look like a difference-maker on paper. He posted a middling 3,098-13-7 passing line, but he wasn’t turnover prone and did add 260 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
That was with the training wheels on in a way worse system, with a weaker supporting cast and coaching that, well, isn’t what it is now. I’m still not excited about Brissett’s NFL talent, but from a fantasy perspective he really couldn’t be in a much better spot to succeed. That doesn’t get him out of the bottom-5 of the league, though, as he simply needs to prove himself before we can roll the dice on him.
Even with his rushing stats in 2017, Brissett was just fantasy football’s 20th best quarterback. He’ll be asked to throw the ball more, but nothing guarantees he’ll be anymore efficient, run more and/or have as much luck in the turnover department.