Andrew Luck's Fantasy Trade Value, Updated Outlook After Week 9

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2013

Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) looks for an open receiver during the second quarter as Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) applies pressure at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Another week, another stellar performance for Andrew Luck, this time without star receiver Reggie Wayne.

No Wayne, no problem for Luck, who went on the road under a national spotlight on Sunday Night Football to take on the AFC South rival Houston Texans.

Luck threw for 271 yards and three scores in the hostile environment while leading the Colts to a comeback win in what continues to be an under-the-radar, MVP-esque season for the second-year quarterback.

The above goes without mentioning that coming into the contest Houston ranked as the No. 1 team in the NFL against the pass with just 145.6 yards per game allowed through the air.

Again, Luck did his damage without Wayne on the field, instead relying on second-year receiver T.Y. Hilton, who boosted his own fantasy value with three scores.

HOUSTON, TX- NOVEMBER 03: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts passes against the Houston Texans on November 03, 2013 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Colts won 27 to 24. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Thanks to Hilton, a solid tight end in Coby Fleener and a bruising back in Trent Richardson to keep defenses honest, Luck will have little issue with continuing his consistent fantasy production each week.

Luck has thrown an interception just three times to 10 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards through the air in another solid fantasy year despite his youth. He makes the right decisions consistently and shows a Ben Roethlisberger-like ability to extend plays with his legs when need be.

Luck remains a quality No. 1 fantasy quarterback regardless of matchup from this point forward despite several more showdowns with quality pass defenses, including another date with Houston.

Outside of the presence of another quality starter on a fantasy lineup, owners should in no way be looking to dump Luck off in the trade market. In fact, needy owners now have the perfect target to pursue, but need to act fast as Luck continues to impress.