Andrew Luck: Fantasy Owners Must Start Colts QB vs. Struggling Texans Defense

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IDecember 24, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 23:  Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass down field against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half on December 23, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Indianapolis defeated Kansas City 20-13.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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The fantasy football season isn't over for everyone following the Week 16 games, as many league championships will be won or lost in the final week of the 2012 NFL regular season.

People lucky enough to have Andrew Luck on their team should be sure to start him this week against the struggling Houston Texans defense.

The Texans are 1-2 in their last three games, and the team's defense has allowed an average of 27.3 points per game in that span.

These teams met just two weeks ago, and the Texans clinched a second straight AFC South Division title with a 29-17 victory. However, Luck did play well with 186 passing yards and two touchdown passes.

Houston's pass rush was ineffective on Sunday versus the Minnesota Vikings offensive line. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was sacked just one time, and he had plenty of time to throw the football.

Luck should also have the time he needs to find the open receiver in Week 17, and with several quality players to target in the passing game such as Reggie Wayne, Donnie Avery and rookie T.Y. Hilton, fantasy owners should be comfortable starting the Colts quarterback on Sunday.

In Sunday's victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, Luck set the NFL record for the most passing yards in a season by a rookie quarterback, breaking Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton's record of 4,051 yards from last year.

Andrew Luck just broke Cam Newton's record for most passing yards by a rookie QB…

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 23, 2012

Luck has passed for over 300 yards in five games this season, and even though he has thrown 18 interceptions too, he has also tossed two or more touchdown passes in seven games (21 touchdown passes total).

The Colts will want to have their offense, and the passing game in particular, firing on all cylinders going into the playoffs. Luck should have plenty of opportunities to excel against the Texans, who have the No. 18-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

Without a reliable running game, Luck has had to throw the ball quite often this season. In 11 of the team's 15 games thus far, Luck has attempted 34 or more passes. Only Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has thrown more passes than Luck this year among AFC quarterbacks.

Fantasy owners shouldn't be afraid to start Luck despite the fact that the Colts have already secured an AFC Wild Card berth. You can rely on him in Week 17 with a fantasy championship on the line.