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Andrew Luck: Colts' QB Will Disappoint Fantasy Owners in Biggest Game of Year

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 16:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts gets up after being knocked down against the Houston Texans in the second half at Reliant Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Texans win 29-17 to clinch the AFC South. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

Fantasy owners take heed, for starting Andrew Luck in Week 16 isn't going to end well for your fantasy team.

Whoa fella, slow down. Aren't Luck and the playoff-bound Indianapolis Colts (Peyton who?) heading to Arrowhead Stadium to face the 2-12 Kansas City Chiefs?

They sure are, and that's exactly why starting Luck would be a terrible decision on your part.

Despite lackluster results in the wins department, Kansas City's pass defense has been very strong, allowing 215.6 yards through the air—the seventh-best mark in the NFL. KC hasn't allowed a 300-yard passer since Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman went off for 328 yards in Week 6.

Another thing to consider is how Luck has been playing as of late, completing only 47.5 percent of his passes for 382 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions over the past two weeks combined.

Not exactly numbers that are going to lead your fantasy team to the promise land, are they?

Of course they aren't.

Sure, you could point to the fact that Kansas City is surrendering the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks in standard scoring ESPN leagues, but what makes you think that Luck is going to be throwing the ball?

There's little chance that this game is going to be close, and with that being the case, the Colts will feed Kansas City's 27th-ranked run defense a heavy dose of Vick Ballard, limiting Luck's exposure to being hit.

Indy has its own playoff game to prepare for in a few weeks.

So despite a matchup that, on paper at least, screams for you to start Andrew Luck, I urge you to keep the rookie benched in the championship game of your fantasy league.

You've come too far and worked too hard to leave your fate in the hands of this rookie.

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